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8 August 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 2019 Pan American Games, chasing storms, Mark Mawston, the iPhone XR, Hogan's Fujifilm roundup and Elon Musk.

  • Alan Taylor presents 29 Scenes From the 2019 Pan American Games. The Games featured 6,500 athletes from North and South America competing in 39 events. These images are some of the most intimate sports shooting we've seen.
  • Lex van den Berghe is Chasing Storms With Elisabeth Brentano and Kelly DeLay. Gorgeous shots somehow don't inspire the 360° fear they should of these impending natural disasters. He ends the piece with some advice from both photographers.
  • In Yoko Ono's Electrifying Power, Mark Mawston remembers capturing his best photo. "I had one chance and I managed to get the shot," he remembers.
  • Kirk Tuck just bought a new smartphone, the iPhone XR. "The store staff seemed amazed that anyone over 60 knew how to back up a phone to the cloud, or set up a new phone and transfer vital data," he writes. His wife is sticking with her iPhone 4, though. When she pulled it out recently, "all the millennials in the office stopped by to stare at it. They had never seen a smartphone that was so small. They loved it. They assumed it was a next gen product." Even funnier (perhaps) is Tuck's emergency use of some C-Stands (not as cell towers).
  • Mike Johnston reflects on Thom's Fujifilm Roundup and adds a chorus of reader comments as well. Thom is taking his month-long hiatus from the Internet, so don't expect a rebuttal.
  • Bad week for this guy: Elon Musk Uses Image Without Permission and Feds Told Tesla to Stop Making 'Misleading Statements' On Model 3 Safety. Musk blocked anyone who wagged their virtual finger in his face about his cavalier tweet of Richard Angle's photo. Before deleting the original tweet.

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