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2 May 2019

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 mediums, the oldest photos, sleep paralysis, Elise Mesner, Giverny, photo storage, the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8, Dave Debaeremaeker, the Adobe Photography Plan and a Small Claims Court.

  • In The Worshippers of the Valley of the Dawn, Alan Taylor showcases 18 photos of the Brazilian spiritual ceremony for "mediums who claim to communicate with spirits." We would not argue with No. 13.
  • Oscar Holland presents The Stories Behind 10 of the World's Earliest Known Photographs from the show opening soon at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
  • In Revealing the Terror of Sleep Paralysis, James Estrin talks to Ranita Roy about her black-and-white series evoking the trauma she suffered.
  • Charles Purdy explores The Fanciful Photography of Elise Mesner, including the most appetizing fried egg we've ever seen.
  • Harold Davis enjoys a Giverny Afternoon in Monet's garden. "In the late afternoon, we had the garden mostly to ourselves and were able to photograph in the golden light," he writes. We had to settle for Monet's paintings recently.
  • In Photo Storage: Shoebox -- the End of an Era ?, Hans Hartman wonders what happened to all the "innovative cloud-based photo management/synching" solutions. He lists nearly all of them (Phanfare is missing, for one) and the ones still in business.
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on stepping down from the Olympus 12-100mm lens to a Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 to shoot social events. "I can no longer stand on the edges and look for chance encounters between attendees at galas and corporate showcases," he observes.
  • Dave Debaeremaeker offers a few quick tips for Realistically Posing LEGO Minifigures for Photography.
  • That "limited time offer" on the Adobe Photography Plan seems to have ended, with the current offer at $19.99/month. PetaPixel, however, suggests one way of getting the $9.99/month deal: "Simply contact Adobe Sales through phone at (866) 493-4989 or the online chat (the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of the page) and they can still sell you the $10/month plan (for now)."
  • Carolyn Wright reports the Copyright Alliance is urging support for a House bill to create a Small Claims Court for creators and small business owners who can't afford to go to federal court to protect themselves against infringers. "Please contact your congressional representatives in the House and Senate to let them know you support the CASE Act, and that you want them to show their support by co-sponsoring the bill," the Copyright Alliance suggests.

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