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31 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 vaccinations, roadside relics, Chinatown, Fagradalsfjall, location scouting, Jamel Shabazz, precision and three Affinity Photo content packs.

  • Alan Taylor chronicles The Great Vaccination Campaign in 35 photos as over 565 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered around the world.
  • The Guardian presents photos by Steve Gross and Susan Daley of The Rickety Pleasures of America's Backroads. The shots of these "rough-hewn roadside relics" are taken from the book Backroads Buildings: In Search of the Vernacular.
  • Inside the Community Patrols in San Francisco's Chinatown is illustrated with photos by Mike Kai Chen who used a Nikon Z 6 II and Nikkor Z 24-70mm to capture the images under a variety of lighting situations.
  • In Iceland's Volcano Erupts, Grace Ebert features the photographs by Thrainn Kolbeinsson documenting the long-awaited eruption of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano. And in Once in a Lifetime, Dave Williams adds a couple of images of the volcano from two friends.
  • Kirk Tuck was Location Scouting for a blurred background to use with a portrait session. "The world looks different when you intentionally blur it," he writes. The images will provide the client with a choice before the subject arrives and Tuck with a Plan B if it rains, compositing the background into a studio shot if the weather doesn't cooperate.
  • In High-Flying Brooklyn Boys on a Magical Trampoline, Jamel Shabazz talks about his best shot. He took in 1981 and would like to find the young men now. "That would give me clarity as to why I froze that moment in time," he says.
  • "In Choosing CoC for Precision Photography in Practice, Jim Kasson pinpoints the importance of the circle of confusion in computing depth of field. "The context is landscape photography, the Fujifilm GFX 100 or GFX 100S cameras and close viewing of large prints or 1:1 viewing on a display," he writes.
  • Serif is releasing three new content packs for Affinity Photo: Top 9 LUT Pack by Ivan Weiss, Light Artefacts by Martins Rilbeiro and Atmosphere by James Ritson. Each $30 pack is 50 percent off.

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