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12 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 John Madden, Kunal Shah, a Nikon 50mm f1.4, free ON1 Summer Textures, Photography Camp, Andrew Molitor and a Canon virtual event.

  • Alex Shultz tells How a Bay Area Photographer Captured Priceless Stock Photos of Raiders Legend John Madden. Retired Bay area photographer Ted Kurihara started a Web site to show off his 35 year career, which he hopes to extend after the pandemic ends. Madden tagged him to shoot his endorsements in the 1990s. Shultz finds "many of the stock photos have unintentionally aged into the funniest images I've seen in forever."
  • Chris Gampat interviews Indian photographer Kunal Shah about The Astonishing Beauty of India's Birdlife. They start with an image of a male Red Avadavat, also known as the Strawberry Finch, during the breeding season.
  • Kirk Tuck was Completely Surprised by an Antiquity, a 45+ year old Nikon 50mm f1.4. He bought a $15 adapter and mounted it on his Leica SL. "To be serious for a moment, this lens is magnificent," he writes.
  • ON1 has released a free sample pack of ON1 Summer Textures "an antique or vintage feel, invoke emotion and add character and drama to almost any photo." The company also posted this video showing how to use them in ON1 Photo Raw:

  • A Summer of Inspiration highlights Photography Camp, a collaboration between L.A.-based Designer Camp & Leica Akademie USA to offer "a hands-on experience, designed to broaden the minds of young creatives, artists and photographers ages 11-17."
  • In An Article, Andrew Molitor reflects on the Mother Jones piece on protest photos we cited earlier this week. "What the article gets right is that meanings are, by and large, imposed on photographs by the audience on the basis of, well, a lot of things including the surrounding material (text, other visuals, in this case.) Multiple readings are, the article admits, perfectly possible and indeed occur," he writes. Certain groups are inclined to see things certain ways, the article claims. "What the article gets wrong, I think, is the idea that there are specific tropes which uniquely lend themselves to this reading by these people."
  • Canon is hosting Get Up & Go, a free virtual event "to get inspired, discover new ideas and expand the way you photograph, vlog and print." The virtual event will begin Tuesday, June 29, at 12:30 p.m. ET. Registration required.

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