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8 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 Portrait Awards, Crater Lake, snow polo, StyleGAN2, the Smallrig GFX 100S L-bracket, black backgrounds and slow photography.

  • LensCulture has introduced 38 new portrait photographers from 19 countries on five continents with its Portrait Awards 2021. "In all of these wonderful examples, a profound sense of humanity comes through," it notes.
  • In Serenity, Harold Davis processes a photo of Crater Lake, Ore., as Study in Blue. "This early morning image gives me a feeling of peace and serenity," he writes.
  • Suzanne Sease presents the personal project of Greg Funnell. He doesn't say, but it sure looks like snow polo to our research department. "There is something about the nature of sports and competition that gets to the very heart of our tribal roots," he says.
  • In Synthesizing High-Resolution Images With StyleGAN2, Nefi Alarcon generates "a seemingly infinite numbers of portraits in an infinite variety of painting styles." Seeing is believing:
  • Jim Kasson provides a brief, complete and nicely illustrated review of the Smallrig GFX 100S L-Bracket.
  • Dahlia Ambrose explains How to Get a Black Background. Several ways, in fact.
  • Kirk Tuck remembers the Photography I'm Missing from a more leisurely time. "In today's efficiency obsessed arenas and with clients who demand total control, the casual, photojournalistic style of documentary photography is failing quickly," he writes.

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