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9 June 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 birds, human sculptures, Hal Fischer, Kristi Odom, cameras for grads, the Pentax K-3 III and photojournalism.

  • Guardian readers tell some amusing stories about their Extraordinary Bird Photographs. "I had to lean on a tree that was in the water to take the pictures," one says. "I then fell into the water and tore my trousers, but it was worth it."
  • Stephanie Wade features the Genderless Human Sculptures of Chloe Rosser from her series Function. "These contorted nudes delicately transform what should be intimately familiar into foreign sculptures," Rosser says.
  • In If You Know, You Know, Caitlin Shamberg talks to Getty photography curator Arpad Kovacs about Hal Fischer's photographs of friends and strangers in the Castro and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods in the 1970s. The Getty has recently acquired six of them.
  • Wildlife photographer Kristi Odom had to shift gears from big game to insects during the pandemic. "I had no idea the can of worms that this would open (pun totally intended there)," she writes.
  • Thom Hogan discusses some Safe Choices for grads just starting their photographic career. "The safe choice used to be Canon dSLR with Nikon dSLR a close second. Now it's Sony mirrorless, with Nikon Z probably second, while Canon has slipped to third due to having things still left to do in rationalizing the RF line," he writes. Unless you already have a camera with interchangeable lenses. In that case, don't switch, he advises. The grass isn't greener.
  • Ron Leach reviews the Pentax K-3 III. "Bottom line, despite what you may have heard, the notion that SLRs are dead is disproven by the K-3 III," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck woke up thinking about Ideas From the Golden Age of Magazine Photojournalism. Deep dives instead of motor drives. "I'd love to work with a company to create a longer form, journalistic piece that wasn't specifically one issue oriented but instead was a nuanced, intimate and honest look at evolving corporate culture," he writes.

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