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24 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 send you off to 14 item worth your attention including an image of JFK, Franck Bohbot's style, Letizia Le Fur, the Canon RF 600mm, the Godox SL 150 II and much more.

  • Tim Adams tells the story of A Tender Family Moment With JFK and his infant daughter Caroline captured by Ted Clark in 1958. "When he became president, JFK hung Clark's picture in pride of place in the Oval Office; Jackie purchased 75 prints," he writes.
  • In L.A. Confidential Franck Bohbot leads you through the night in the "film city," creating cinematic moments. "At night I see a different city, there's a different atmosphere; specially when using available light," he says.
  • In Between Reality and Fiction, Devid Gualandris presents the surrealistic images of French photographer Letizia Le Fur. "The series exudes my fascination for the beauty of plants, the sensuality of a body and the chaos of life," she explains. "This series is carved from contemporary preoccupation and it evokes our ecological anguish while offering a possible post apocalyptic vision."
  • Ming Thein continues his series on Ambiguity with the second part, moving from crowds to individuals and couples.
  • Harold Davis photographed Sliced Fruit on My Light Box, namely pears and lemons (but not together). "I guess a moral is to keep looking at art of all styles and stripes," he writes. Enlightening, you might say.
  • Scott Kelby posts The Photos That Didn't Make the Cut from his spiral staircase presentation. He calls the B and C level images and hopes pointing them out is educational. But, you know, we liked them anyway.
  • In The Lensmen of the Lake, Michael Durr tells how he and some friends captured a view of Chicago he much admired in a photo by Tom Jones. He hopes the piece "helps inspire you to go after that one shot you’ve been seeking to capture," he writes. "Even if it doesn’t end up being the perfect shot you have in your head I am sure the journey will be worth it."
  • In Cheap vs. Expensive Lens: A Visual Quiz, Mike Johnston explains the tell-tale clues that helped him ace the blind test between a cheap and an expensive lens.
  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz have been busy Taking Apart the Canon RF 600mm f11 IS STM whose fixed aperture diffraction optics results in a very light body for its focal length. But it wasn't a simple teardown. "When these break, they're going to the Canon service center," he writes.
  • Strobist David Hobby continues his Strobist Lighting Cookbook series with Shoot Through Your Sunset, an hour that provides "at least five different lighting environments in which to work," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck tries a Godox SL 150 II high-powered LED monobloc. "The new light arrived last week and works perfectly," he writes.
  • Meyer Optik Görlitz has launched its Lydith 30 f3.5 II redesign of the classic 30mm optic. "Like our Trioplan 50 f2.9 II, the new Lydith 30 f3.5 II has undergone a complete mechanical redesign," the company says.
  • Sandy Writtenhouse explains How to Remove the Background From an Image Using Preview in two ways.
  • Joe McNally with David Grover will host Impossible Pictures, a Capture One webinar on Wednesday at noon EDT.

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