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25 February 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 Zaharia Cusnir, Daniel Kordan, Meryl McMaster, more OCR apps, colors, GFX Natural Live View, the camera market, the industry's future and Z II firmware updates.

  • Victor Galusca discovered a trove of negatives shot by Zaharia Cusnir of daily life in a Russian village in the middle of the last century. The village had been largely abandoned when Galusca found the negatives. He arranged to clean and index the collection with his teacher Nicolae Pojoga and has been exhibiting and publishing them. They have just launched this online archive of Cusnir's images.
  • In A Serendipitous Shot, Grace Ebert presents Daniel Kordan's "fortuitous photograph" of the brilliant trail of a meteor streaking through the sky and Klyuchevskaya Sopka as it spews a mass of glowing lava.
  • In As Immense as the Sky, Clare Samuel interviews Meryl McMaster about her otherworldly self-portraits, which daw on her heritage "channeling photography as a tool to reclaim and reimagine these intertwined histories."
  • In addition to yesterday's note of LiveScan, Michael Potuck mentions a couple more iPhone Apps for Converting Images and Screenshots to Text: TextSniper and SnipCopy.
  • It was, perhaps, inevitable. Harold Davis presents a few rainbows in Colors, which also lists all his recent color-themed presentations in case you missed one.
  • Jim Kasson investigates GFX Natural Live View and Raw File Histograms. Does the display faithfully represent the Raw histogram. Uh, no.
  • In The Catastrophic Crash of the Camera Market, Mike Johnston observes, "The numbers are dramatically bad, but maybe really only in contrast to the transitory high point of an expanding market in 2010-2013."
  • Roger Cicala and DPReview's Barney Britton cover a lot of ground as they discuss The Mysterious Future of the Photography Industry.
  • Nikon has released the firmware 1.10 update for the Z 6II and Z 7II. The update, announced last week, adds support for Raw video output to Blackmagic Design external recorders for both cameras, offering more recording options for professional video shooting. In Solving the Firmware Problem, Thom Hogan laments Nikon skipping the Z 6 and Z 7 with this update, which has one pertinent fix for them they will apparently never get.

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