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5 May 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 an Asian American photo exhibition, underwater photography, a powdery pooch photo, camera debates and Munker-White illusions.

  • In Contemporary Voices in Asian American Photography, Thuy Bui highlights the work of Soo Kim, Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Christine Nguyen, Kunié Sugiura and Hiroshi Watanabe. The six photographers are featured in an online exhibition at the J. Paul Getty museum.
  • "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an underwater photographer?" Dalton Hamm asks. In Nature's Upside-Down, he tells you, step by step, starting with a water first-aid course.
  • Dan Havlik tells The Story Behind Anabel DFlux's Powdery Pooch Photo. She used a Sigma 35mm Art lens and a little red powder.
  • Thom Hogan explains why Camera X Isn't Better Than Camera Y. "I can't believe I wrote this first in 2004," he writes, "but here it is: 'If you can't get great images from any of the current dSLRs, it's not the camera that's the problem.' That's not only true today, but it's octupily true and may even be true of some compact cameras and even smartphones."
  • In Another Brain-Frying Optical Illusion: What Color Are These Spheres?, Phil Plait demonstrates and explains the Munker-White illusion. He uses David Novick's color contrast optical illusion, which makes it look like several balls are different colors but they're actually all the same color.

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