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18 March 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 WPO open competition, Michael Shainblum, Jasmine Clarke, Märklin, John Sexton, the Milky Way, untracked astrophotography and Image Creators Network.

  • The World Photography Organization has published its 2021 Open Competition Category Winners & Shortlist in all 10 categories: Architecture, Creative, Landscape, Lifestyle, Motion, Natural World & Wildlife, Object, Portraiture, Street Photography and Travel honoring 130 photographers. Open Photographer of the Year will be announced on April 15. The Guardian showcases a small selection of them.
  • In Yosemite National Park Through Rainbow Mist and Thick Fog, Grace Ebert features a series by Michael Shainblum. "Shot in winter just after a dusting of snow, the series is serene and dream-like and spotlights the details that sometimes are lost in the vast wilderness: rainbow mist envelops a waterfall, dense fog hangs among a mountain top and the warm glow of golden hour radiates across a rocky ridge," she writes.
  • Devid Gualandris profiles Brooklyn-based photographer Jasmine Clarke and her "visually engaging and curious compositions." "I search for the uncanny," she tells him. "I uncover what is hidden. An obscured face, a wet flower, a dark shadow."
  • In 'A Perfect World' Around Every Miniature Bend, Christopher F. Schuetze visits Märklin, the 162-year-old maker of model trains in Germany, which is having a pandemic resurgence. Photos by Felix Schmitt.
  • In Writing With Light, John Sexton recalls how Polaroid prints "helped me discover the qualities of light and its impact for successful photographs." Beware, the word "Polaroid" appears 76 times in the piece. But it's the primacy of the print Sexton is in love with.
  • Finnish astrophotographer J.P. Metsavainio took 12 years and 1,250 hours of exposures to capture 125 x 22 degrees of The Milky Way which he assembled into a high-resolution gigapixel mosaic.
  • In A Guide to Untracked Astrophotography, Dahlia Ambrose begins, "Astrophotography is something that many photographers shy away from because of the belief that their camera would not allow for night sky photography or that the process would be quite complicated." She covers the basics to get you started with resources to keep you going.
  • Image Creators Network is a new portal showcasing content from Outdoor Photographer, Imaging Resource, Digital Photo, Digital Photo Pro and HDVideoPro.

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