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21 January 2021

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 the Biden inauguration, the 2020 Monochrome Awards, animals interrupting photographers, the Abalone Farm Facility, Tobi Shinobi, book making and PhotoStatistica.

  • In Joe Biden Inaugurated as America's 46th President, the Guardian presents the historic day in pictures. In a separate photo essay of monochrome images by Jordan Gale, it shows The Preparation for an Inauguration Like No Other.
  • Winners of the 2020 Monochrome Awards have been announced in 14 categories in addition to the grand prize.
  • In Animals Interrupting Wildlife Photographers, Tina Roth Eisenberg has posted an amusing selection of images.
  • Fred Greaves tours The Abalone Farm Facility in Cayucos, Calif. "Having previously photographed smaller abalone research/restoration programs at the university level, I was really excited to see this giant facility and also, hopefully, to be able to tell the story of a massive commercial abalone farm that is dusted off again to help restore one of California's hardest hit marine invertebrates," he writes.
  • Tobi Shinobi talks about his Architecture Photography. "I was looking for a way to dodge and burn in Lightroom and they basically allow you to use the Linear Gradients to mask a particular area, but then within that area you've masked, you can be more selective by clicking on Luminosity and then picking the area that you want to do, based on how dark or light it is. It gives a control over the tolerance of how much the mask blends into other areas," he says.
  • On Book-Making and Editing is a discussion between art consultant Sophie Wright and Aperture's Lesley A. Martin about several photography books Martin worked on. Those are Paul Fusco's Funeral Train, Robert Capa's The Heart of Spain and The Suffering of Light and La Calle by Alex Webb.
  • PhotoStatistica has been updated to v2 with faster chart calculation, a new user interface, M1 support and more. The $5.99 macOS app scans Exif data in groups of images to graph gear usage and camera settings, among other things.

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