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1 August 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 Elinleticia Hogabo, deepfakes, Canon R5 shipments, sharpness, a PenFT lens, R5 IBIS, Adobe bans political ads and Bill English.

  • In Subjects Below the Surface, Grace Ebert presents the underwater photographs of Swedish photographer Elinleticia Högabo. "The location, the water, the models, the bugs that might crawl by -- all create conditions for the creation," Högabo said.
  • In The Business of Deepfakes, Cheapfakes, and Misleading Manipulated Media, Paul Melcher observes that "while fake news and in particular deep fakes have been accused of wreaking havoc on minds and economy, there is surprisingly only a minimal amount of companies offering tools to combat them." He analyzes the reasons for that before suggesting there's gold in them thar hills.
  • Speaking of fake news, Jaron Schneider reports Canon Is Not Recalling or Delaying Shipments of the EOS R5. "The first set of cameras shipped from our warehouses this week," Canon reported.
  • In Sharpness Is Overrated, Jim Kasson writes, "here is a place for sharpness, but it’s got to serve the needs of the image to be worthwhile."
  • Kirk Tuck uses an Old Lens to shoot some new flowers. He only identifies the lens, though. It's a 50-year-old 40mm f1.4 PenFT lens fitted to a Panasonic GX8 with an inexpensive adapter.
  • The Phoblographer got excited when We Handheld the Canon EOS R5 at 105mm for Over a Second. "With the new firmware update and the features of the Canon EOS R5, you can get up to eight stops of image stabilization with the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM," he writes.
  • Politico reports Adobe to Ban Political Ads on Its Platform. The company will prohibit all political ads on its Adobe Advertising Cloud, a platform for advertisers to buy space on websites, mobile web and on television. "The Political Category no longer aligns to our Ad Cloud business goals," Adobe spokesperson Ryan Levitt said in a statement.
  • Bill English, who developed the graphical interface to computing with Douglas Engelbart at Xerox PARC, has died at the age of 91. English put on the "Mother of All Demos" at a 1968 engineering conference in San Francisco where he demonstrated the use of a mouse for the first time.

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