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22 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 Transylvania, a projector len, FogCam, mirrorless manual focusing, packing for small planes and Google search tips.

  • Rena Effendi remembers Haymaking in Transylvania as her best shot. "People in the village recognize each others' haystacks by shape (tall and thin, short and fat, conical, pyramidal or rounded) and by how they're placed (stacked tightly or at regular intervals)," she explains. "So much thought goes into how they're built and placed. It's an art and a science. A good haystack -- one that is dry inside -- can feed their animals through the winter for up to five years."
  • Mathieu Stern of The Weird Lens Museum has mounted a projector lens he picked up at a flea market on his dSLR using a 3D-printed adapter and took it to a french island for a week:
  • The San Francisco FogCam at SF State is shutting down at the end of the month. At 25 years now, it's the oldest operating webcam. "The bottom line is that we no longer have a really good view or place to put the camera. The university tolerates us, but they don't really endorse us and so we have to find secure locations on our own," Jeff Schwartz said. He and Dan Wong set up the webcam in 1994 to show the fog rolling across campus.
  • Jim Kasson explores Optimum MILC Manual Focusing Strategies using a Fujifilm GFX 100 and, in a companion piece, the Nikon Zs.
  • Kirk Tuck details what he packs for Fast Trips on small commuter jets where carry-on space is tight.
  • Whitson Gordon reveals Six Google Tricks for searching, including how to find the source of a photo with reverse Image Search.

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