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3 February 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 Seiya Nakai, Klaus Bo, an ancient roman sculpture, the Sigma fp, Google subscription prints, the Nikon Z system, a fraud ruling, Vanessa Joy and that Super Bowl.

  • Railway Fever highlights the work of Seiya Nakai, one of Japan's best known railway photographers. "Trains and railroads are deeply integrated into our daily activities and for many Japanese the railway system has played an essential role in such important life events as moving from one's rural home-town to the big city, commuting to school or work, meeting up with a date, etc.," he says.
  • In Dead and Alive, Gina Williams presents images documenting death rituals from around the world by Danish photojournalist and visual anthropologist Klaus Bo.
  • Sarah Waldorf showcases Saving an Ancient Roman Sculpture, Step by Careful Step in photos that include images shot with UV light, X-rays and microscopes.
  • Kirk Tuck gave the Sigma fp a "trial by fire using one lens (the Panasonic 24-105mm f4.0 S L-mount) and shooting every shot at ISO 6400" in a small, dark theater. Autofocus was "momentarily vexing" but he was able to use manual focus without much trouble.
  • According to 9to5Google, Google Photos is now testing a monthly photo prints subscription program in which the company will send you 10 prints that will be "automatically selected from your last 30 days of photos."
  • Thom Hogan considers The Nikon Z System, Almost Two Years In.
  • In Photography Company That Defrauded Customers Ordered to Pay $200,000 in Restitution and Civil Penalties, David Ramsey reports, "Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ordered Jonathan Funk Photography, LLC, to pay $98,625 in restitution, $100,000 in civil penalties and $1,135 in filing fees and service costs."
  • Rocky Nook is offering a 40 percent discount on The Off-Camera Flash Handbook by Vanessa Joy when you use the code OFCH40.
  • We would be remiss if we did not congratulate the Kansas City Chiefs for their Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. We considered being remiss, but it just isn't in us.

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