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3 July 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 statues, nostalgia, history, fireworks, Sankar Sridhar, ISO and Kodak Portra 800.

  • Alan Taylor presents 27 photos of The Statues Brought Down Since the George Floyd Protests Began, which, he writes, are "just some of the dozens of statues that have been toppled, defaced or slated for removal across the United States over the past month."
  • The New York Times takes A Nostalgic Look at Independence Days of Yesteryear with black-and-white photos of Fourth of July celebrations from its archives. The Times also reports, "As many as 80 percent of the holiday fireworks displays in large cities and small towns have been canceled because of the pandemic." And next year could be the same because of budget cuts.
  • The Guardian, on the other hand, presents A History of Fourth of July Protests in America from the 1960s to today.
  • Scott Kelby has A Recipe for Great Shots of fireworks.
  • Grace Ebert showcases images by Sankar Sridhar of The Rituals of the Yamuna River filtered through a blur of migratory birds. "I aimed to impart a surreal touch to the images by using the boats as the fabled transport into the afterlife while flight-paths of the birds as metaphors," he says. "As much for the souls of the dead as the mad chaos in our world that blinds us to the damage we do to the environment."
  • Mike Panic shares some thoughts on How to Choose the Correct ISO Setting for Your Shot.
  • Hamish Gill reviews Kodak Portra 800. He shot 35mm rolls, had them professionally processed, scanned them himself and the post-processed the images in Lightroom. "I am yet to have a roll that has caused me any real issues at all," he writes.

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