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27 January 2020

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 Gareth Pon, the International Center of Photography, Hokkaido, a tool tip, the Sigma fp, the Yongnuo 40mm, field curvature, a sweepstakes win and public deaths.

  • In Dramatic Views of Worldwide Architecture (With a Hidden Twist), Grace Ebert presents the work of Gareth Pon. The images are powerful enough on their own but there's one little detail that appears in all of them. "Pon hides a small rocket in each of his structural pieces," she reveals.
  • The Beautiful, New International Center of Photography Reopens at Last and the Phobographer is there to take you on a virtual tour.
  • In End of the Road -- Hokkaido, Kevin Raber discusses his favorite place in Japan. "The trees of Hokkaido were just incredible. The coastline was powerful. And the rolling hills and high mountain areas were perfect for intense landscape shooting.," he writes.
  • Scott Kelby offers A Little-Known, Simple Photoshop Tip for a Tool You Still Probably Use a Lot. Definitely so here.
  • Kirk Tuck goes off the reservation with a Sigma fp. "This camera will be universally overlooked by nearly every photographer, videographer, reviewer and retailer in the world in 2020, but everyone who actually buys one will probably love it and embrace it as one of the most fun cameras to work with -- ever," he writes.
  • Derrick Story praises The Oddly Wonderful Yongnuo 40mm f2.8 AF Lens. It seems a little-noted firmware update (a while ago) solved the sharp little lens's autofocus issue. A bargain at $92.
  • In Practical Use of Field Curvature: Wide and Telephoto Primes, Roger Cicala looks at the Canon 24mm f1.4L II, Nikon 24mm f1.4G ED AF-S, Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art for Canon and Zeiss Milvus ZE 25mm f1.4 for Canon to learn a few things about optics. "How well you know and use your tool has more to do with how good (or not) your images are than what it scored on the latest review," he points out.
  • Thom Hogan spins the wheel on The DSLR Sweepstakes Game, Early 2020. You've won. Now which camera do you take? "We have a couple of variations on how to play the game," he suggests.
  • In Public Deaths, Mike Johnston reflects on the sudden death of Kobe Bryant and eight other people yesterday. "Similar tragedies happen every day across this country, but we hear about them and feel them when they happen to larger-than-life, high-profile people. Those deaths stand for all the others that happen in silence and pass by without public notice," he writes.

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