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29 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 Harold Davis, the Sony a1, the Paul Buff Link 800ws monobloc, the Leica SL, film processing, a Photoshop bug and losing a brother.

  • In Save the Last Dance, Harold Davis fills the frame with the color of a mallow and poppy.
  • Harvey Stearn calls the Sony a1 A New Standard for Image Quality & Capture. He covers resolution, color, dynamic range, low light and high speed capture after spending a couple of months with the $6,500 flagship.
  • Strobist David Hobby posted some Notes on the Paul Buff Link 800ws Flash. An extra capacitor and all metal body (which doubles as a heat sink so it does not need to run a noisy fan, although it has a quiet one) contribute to the 7 lbs. 8 oz. weight of the powerful $895.95 monobloc. Add the lithium battery and it's 8 lbs. 11 oz. "The Link is a world-class, powerful monobloc that deserves a look from anyone in the U.S. who needs high output on location," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck thinks the company got it right with its first Leica SL. He just bought a second one.
  • Jason Bowman lists The Best Film Developers, According to Photographers. Walgreens didn't make the cut. So unless you have a local lab (which wouldn't make a short list like this anyway), you are the mercy of the post office.
  • We started the Dragging a New Guide on a White Background thread on the Adobe Support Community last October. Putting it simply, Photoshop can't color a guide on older Macs any more. Sure, it used to. But some code change to accommodate Metal perhaps tossed out the tried-and-true. Embarrassing, one would think, to let such a lapse linger. Maybe the company needs another of those Just Do It days.
  • In Sands of Time, Mike Johnston revels in the historic town of Bristol where he had come to say goodbye to his brother Scott.

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