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4 September 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 Washington State, Gregory Halpern, Mustafah Abdulaziz, Spoonerismo, Sebastian Modak, the Crop tool, Om Malik and Mark Peterson.

  • Alan Taylor took A Photo Trip to Washington State, Dedicated to My Parents. " This summer has been a difficult one for me personally. In the past month, both my mother and my father passed away," he begins. We wish to extend our condolences to him as he honors them "with a collection of images showcasing the place on Earth they loved and called home." It's a lovely tribute.
  • The Guardian has published a selection of Gregory Halpern's American Heartland Photography. Halpern's 15-year project has been published in book form as Omaha Sketchbook.
  • In Water, you can see more of Mustafah Abdulaziz's series that won the 2019 Oskar Barnack Award. "I choose to do this work not only because of the great fulfilment it brings me, but because it is necessary," he says.
  • In Spoonerismo, Harold Davis considers measuring spoons "with their patina and scratches from long use in a hard-working family kitchen." But wait. He had to set the scene in a velvet-lined bucket. "Each image is combined from eight exposures, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/4 of a second to 30 seconds," he writes.
  • In What Our 52 Places Traveler Has Learned So Far, Sebastian Modak reveals he uses a Sony A9 with a a 24-70mm zoom and a 55mm prime, a GoPro Hero 7 and both an Android and iPhone. Good thing because he's found "there‚Äôs something beautiful about every place in the world."
  • Julieanne Kost continues her 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! series with Five Little-Known Features of the Crop Tool in Photoshop, which contains some jewels cut from recent releases of the software:
  • In PhotoRealism, Om Malik worries, "Camera sales are continuing to falling off a cliff." All categories, he points out. It reminds him of the servers/workstation market of years ago. Remember Sun Microsystems?
  • Mark Peterson, the documentary photography and recipient of the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, will discuss his work The Aperture Foundation in New York City on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. Joining Mark will be the poet Claudia Rankine. Admission is free.

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