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27 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 the super moon, Isla De Las Munecas, bees, the M1 iPad Pro cameras, the Forth Road Bridge, Big Sur 11.4, Bill Atkinson's Polaroids, Capture One, Luminar AI and Lensbaby Omni.

  • The Guardian collects a few images of May's Super Flower Moon.
  • Suzanne Sease features Isla De Las Munecas, the personal project of Cade Martin. "These are stories to tell around the campfire, to pass along and keep alive -- but some stories, I've just got to see for myself. The Island of the Dolls is such a tale," he writes.
  • In Close-Up Portraits Reveal the Incredibly Diverse Characteristics of Individual Bees, Grace Ebert showcases the intimate portraits of wildlife photographer Josh Forwood. He says 90 percent of them are solitary, preferring to live outside a colony, but are being threatened by the colonizers who are proliferating as a result of the "increase in beekeeping."
  • Sebastiaan de With takes a look at The M1 iPad Pro Cameras after releasing the iPad version of the Halide camera app. "The latest iPad Pro packs a new, faster M1 chip, a micro-LED screen on the 12.9 inch version, but most intriguing of all ... a new front camera system and a feature called Center Stage," he writes. He calls it a microscope. "iPad basically comes with a microscope."
  • In Where and How Was It Shot? Andrew Molitor examines an image of the Forth Road Bridge shot by Robert Blomfield, of Edinburgh, in 1965. "This picture was recently posted on social media by one account and then someone else asked if anyone would hazard a guess about what camera setup was used," he writes. "And so, I did."
  • Howard Oakley reports M1 Macs Running Big Sur 11.4 Support External Disks Fully. "If you have an M1 Mac, you should now be able to connect supported storage, such as an SSD, install on it any version of Big Sur from 11.2 onwards, select that in the Startup Disk pane and boot your Mac from that external disk," he writes.
  • Busy Being Born features Bill Atkinson's Polaroids of the Macintosh User Interface in development. "He kept a Polaroid camera by his computer and took a snapshot each time the user interface reached a new milestone, which he collected in a loose-leaf notebook," writes Andy Hertzfeld.
  • Capture One has been updated with support for M1 chips. The update imports twice as quickly and performs asset management 50 percent quicker, the company reports. Support for more cameras has also been added.
  • Skylum has released the third update to Luminar AI with easier sky selection, better reflections control, faster launching, improved M1 performance and more.
  • Lensbaby is offering a 15 percent discount on all of its Omni products through June 1. We reviewed the system last year, giving it four stars.

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