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15 October 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 Mark Schacter, Dan Wood, Curves, Clarence White, Roger Cicala, slow zooms, the Lost Coast of California, atmospheric perspective and Imaging Resource.

  • Mark Schacter presents both an unedited and edited version of images he took on a Visit to Death Valley. "In post-processing, I used DxO PhotoLab to make global edits to Raw files and convert them to .tif. I opened the .tif files in Photoshop where I made further adjustments to produce the final image," he writes.
  • Pove the Great is the title of Dan Wood's book about a friend who "has withdrawn from society and declared the Welsh forest as his shelter."
  • In Working With the Curves in Photoshop, Julieanne Kost expands her earlier discussion of Curves shortcuts in a longer video and post:
  • In Clarence White and Making Pizza, Andrew Molitor compares White to Ansel Adams as teachers. He uses pizza making as a metaphor but it does make you hunger to get your teeth into something.
  • In More Ultra High-Resolution MTF Experiments, Roger Cicala looks at the Zeiss Milvus ZE 135mm f2 and Zeiss ZE 85mm f1.4 Otus APO Planar. "Let's be absolutely clear; this is not a practical or useful article," he begins. But it is.
  • Kirk Tuck writes In Defense of Standard, Slow, Zoom Lenses, championing the "zoom lens that isn't f2.8 or faster all the way through its focal lengths." He finds them affordable for one thing and competent for another.
  • Harold Davis explores the Lost Coast of California in a series of luscious images.
  • In How Understanding Atmospheric Perspective Can Make Your Landscape Photos Rock, Rob Wood discusses handling the tonality of image planes in landscape photography.
  • In a Facebook post on Friday, Dave Etchells announced "new content will pretty much cease as of the end of the year" at Imaging Resource. The company was a client for the first 13 years of its existence, during which we were one of two people writing software to run the site as we produced the twice-a-month newsletter along with digicam, scanner, printer and software reviews. "It's time for something different and a different way of living my life," Etchells, who turned 65 this year, wrote.

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