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26 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 Fabrice Monteiro, women of the 116th Congress, AmericanaFest, hydrangea blossoms, Paul Hollingworth, Topaz Mask AI, HDR editing, a favorite street camera and lens, exposed Adobe data and the Lucie Awards.

  • In The Children of Gaia Emerge From Ecological Crises, Andrew Lasane presents some striking images by Fabrice Monteiro that "combine haute couture, spiritual figures and staged scenes of pollution and decimation."
  • Vision Slightly Blurred talks to Biz Herman and Beth Flynn about Photographing the Women of the 116th Congress.
  • Jacob Blickenstaff is On the Road at AmericanaFest, the Nashville music festival. "While our time there was short, the artists we did encounter represent the field of smart, talented musicians who know where they came from and who are on a clear path to further greatness," he writes. He captures seven of them at work.
  • Harold Davis photographed Hydrangea Blossoms on a lightbox with both a Nikon D850 and an iPhone 6s. Compare and contrast.
  • Affinity commissioned photographer Paul Hollingworth to create a photographic composition using paint, a skull and a tank of oil. Charlotte Thomson-Morley talks to Hollingworth about his Image Composition process.
  • Topaz Labs has released Topaz Mask AI, the latest in its artificial intelligence suite of image editing tools. "Our neural network has been trained to distinguish tough edges, so you can get a great mask on the first attempt," the company said. A free trial is available and a launch discount of $69.99 expires in less than two weeks.
  • Jim Kasson tries some High DR Photography With the Sony A7R IV at a Halloween party. He explains how he edited each shot.
  • In My Current, Favorite Street Shooting Camera System and Lens, Kirk Tuck names the Pentax K-1 with the older 50mm f1.4 AF lens. Favorite does not mean perfect, however.
  • Dell Cameron reports 7.5 Million Adobe Accounts Exposed by Security Blunder. "The records exposed in the security mishap did not contain any passwords or payment information, but instead offered accurate information about millions of customers' accounts, including which Adobe products they use, member IDs and subscription and payment statuses," he writes. The issue was discovered by Comparitech working with security researcher Bob Diachenko but it isn't known if the exposed database was accessed by any unauthorized actors. "Comparitech confirmed in its report that Adobe reacted quickly upon notification, securing the exposed database the same day," Cameron adds.
  • The 2019 Lucie Awards have been announced. The Sony A7R IV took best full-frame honors as well as camera of the year, the Fujifilm X-T30 best compact, Capture One 12 best editing software. The Chuck Westfall Award went to RIT assistant professor Bob Rose.

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