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16 April 2018

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the Speed Project, Nina Leen, memory card options, visual note taking, digitizing old film, strobing the sun and the Stamp Lady.

  • The Speed Project profiles Olaf Heine's portraits of runners in the 342-mile run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The portraits, which are thoughtful and unique to each athlete, are accompanied by each runner's personal story.
  • Rian Dundon presents a set of Life photographer Nina Leen's images showing An Idealized Vision of Midcentury America with a bit of weirdness. "She didn’t chase news stories or produce immersive social documentary, like her co-worker Gene Smith, yet her images speak volumes about the aspirations and priorities of the postwar mainstream (white) culture," he writes.
  • Zach Sutton provides a Breakdown of All the Memory Card Options for both photographers and videographers. And these days that includes SSDs.
  • Kirk Tuck has been doing some Visual Note Taking with the Nikon D2XS, a D300S, a D700 and a D800e he recently acquired during what he dubbed "Old School Digital Photography Nostalgia Month." On this excursion he used the Nikon D700 and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens.
  • In Found Footage Offers a New Glimpse at 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Niraj Chokshi reports that David Kiehn digitized the recently rediscovered nine-minute clip using a digital camera and home-made rig to advance and exposure each of the 8,665 frames of the 16 fps film. It will make its way online eventually, Kiehn said, but to pass the time MoMA has released New York 1911, a short documentary made by a team of cameramen working for the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern. The audio is all sound effects, of course, and the playback speed is life-like (for once).
  • In One Sun, Two Suns, Joe McNally confesses using a strobe to stand in for the setting sun. The huge mirrors don't hurt either.
  • Harold Davis poses the Stamp Lady in Madrid as he fights off jet lag trying to stay awake until dinner. A second image of an elaborate door was taken with his iPhone and processed in Waterlogue and ImageBlender.

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