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1 April 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 whales, Pemulung scavengers, bricks, printing mistakes, black-and-white tutorials, detents and free housing.

  • In Whale Watching in Mexico, a variety of photographers capture the annual arrival of migratory grey whales at El Vizcaíno sanctuary in Mexico. The whales makes the 5,600-mile trip from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to mate and give birth in the warmer waters.
  • Suzanne Sease features the personal project of Tom Barnes, which portrays the Pemulung scavengers, "working on the dumps in Indonesia scouring through the waste to try and collect plastic to sell or anything they can use." Barnes dislocated a knee trying to escape a charging bull in the dump where "the conditions are terrible and the heat was unbelievable."
  • Roger Cicala has some advice for Selecting the Proper Brick Wall for Photographic Tests. "The first rule of testing is you must know what you are measuring," he writes. And you might start with the calendar today.
  • Dan Havlik lists the Five Photo Printing Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid from a Mark Denney video. It's interesting to compare them to MacInTouch's Ric Ford's recent experience photo printing, which confirms Denney's advice.
  • Rob Wood lists nine tutorials on Powerful Black and White Portrait Photography.
  • Jim Kasson laments The Degradation of Detents, remembering a happy haptic experience.
  • Dancer Le'Andre Douglas and interdisciplinary artist Stacia Yeapanis were chosen among 82 applications from 23 states as the winners in Zócalo Apartments's free housing Artist-in-Residency program, providing a monthly stipend and need-based project funding in Houston. We'd like to encourage the idea and point out that photographers are very quiet neighbors.

More to come! Meanwhile, here's a look back. And please support our efforts...

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