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10 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 Beirut, a perfect day, Pete Rush, Museo Alfa again, landscape layers, fast normal lenses, sensor technology, Photoshop shortcuts and Darktable.

  • In A Print Sale for the Love of Beirut, Marigold Warner reports sales from the $135 10x15 prints from over 60 photographers will support "communities affected by the devastating explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, last week." One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross.
  • Gregory Eddi Jones interviews Spanish photographer Txema Salvans about his new book Perfect Day. Salvans stood at the waterline to take shots of sunbathers, prompting Jones to observe, "It might seem funny to say, but I can almost read these pictures as having been made by the sea, distant and impartial, looking back at humanity and considering both its ingenuities and its follies."
  • The Driftwood Sculptures Bringing Joy to Australian Beaches are a different kind of sea creature. Artist Pete Rush builds them at night with just driftwood, flax and seaweed.
  • Ming Thein presents the second part of his visit to Museo Alfa. "Sometimes the most unusual or distinctive elements land up reused in the most unexpected places," he writes.
  • Harold Davis muses on Layers and the Landscape. "The trick to photographing layers in the landscape is mostly being in the right place, at the right time, with one's camera already on the tripod," he writes.
  • Roland at the Rangefinder Forum has posted A Short History of Fast Normal Lenses with illustrations of the various optical designs.
  • In Developing Too Narrowly, Thom Hogan discusses a trend in sensor technology. "Narrow development always comes back to haunt you," he writes about the reuse of older sensors in new cameras.
  • Scott Kelby lists Seven Photoshop Shortcuts to Speed Up Your Work.
  • Darktable 3.2.1 has been released with a rewritten lighttable view and reworked filmstrip, among other refinements.

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