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8 July 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 the U.S. women, Edouard Sepulchre, tech hype and myths, a new working methodology, Joe McNally, an electronic contact sheet and torque tests.

  • In U.S. Wins World Cup and Becomes a Champion for Its Time, Andrew Key looks at both the achievement and the burden of the historic victory yesterday in Lyon. "They scored 26 goals and allowed only 3. They did not trail for as much as a second, winning seven straight games, including four knockout-stage games in a row against a series of ascendant European rivals," Keh writes. But they had more ground to cover. "It's no secret that we're sort of the leaders in the women's game in a lot of different issues -- equality, pay quality, gender issues -- and at large our team has been very open and willing to sort of get in any kind of equality fight," Megan Rapinoe said. Equal pay? They should get more than what the men get. Much more. And here are the photos captured by six female photographers.
  • Paris-based photographer Edouard Sepulchre spent Six Months on the Road cycling through the Maghreb and the Middle East to create Dryland. "From tire marks in the red desert sand to makeshift structures and empty cars; everything seems strangely off-center or incomplete," Rosie Flanagan writes.
  • Let's Dip Into the Hype and Myths, Thom Hogan writes. Like the importance of eye autofocus or dual slots or the number of focus points, among other things. "The Internet tends to get all tied up with specific new features and technologies," he writes before suggesting taking a closer look at close out products a generation behind to save a bundle without giving much up.
  • Kirk Tuck discovers A New Working Methodology with his Fujifilm X-Pro2 and a 23mm f2.0 and 50mm f2.0 prime.
  • Joe McNally fakes Sunrise in the Forest with an Ezybox Pro Octa at the end of a Manfrotto extension handle and some SB-5000 speedlights. Shot with a Nikon Z 6 and the new 14-30mm Nikkor, "which has become, for me, an essential go-to lens in the new mirrorless world we live in," he adds.
  • Derrick Story provides a video clip showing how to Build an Electronic Contact Sheet in Capture One Pro. "Once you create an electronic contact sheet, you can put it on a flash drive, embed it on a web page, and even make a hard copy print," he writes.
  • David Berryrieser reports Torque Tests for 15, 10, 6 MPH Wind Speeds for different camera and lens combinations. They show how stiff a tripod has to be to withstand the wind. "The more wind speed and the larger, longer focal length lens used, the more tripod stiffness is necessary," he writes. "The weight and sensor format of the camera are not particularly relevant."

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