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16 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 Zac Henderson, Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe, Daniel Kordan, photo printers, animating a photo, pricing headshots, focal planes and Profoto Camera.

  • In Otherworldly Sandstone Pillars Appear Like Totems of Billowing Fabric, Grace Ebert explains, "For his series Draped Stone, photographer Zac Henderson documents these spectral columns or hoodoos, that are developed when layers of hard and soft rock are worn down and produce smooth, billowing patterns as they age."
  • Andrew Kersey describes "how an eccentric aristocrat and a 'shy pornographer' took the art world by storm" in The Queer Power Couple That Changed Photography. That would be Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorphe (see the movie). The Samuel Wagstaff papers and the Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs are housed in the Getty Research Institute's special collections.
  • Russian photographer Daniel Kordan captures The Gnarled Branches of Socotra's Dragon Blood Trees during Japan’s firefly mating season a few months ago.
  • In The Best Photo Printers for 2021, Hillary Grigonis lists the leading inkjets and one dye sub, the Canon Selphy QX10. If you want larger prints than it's 2.7-inch wide output, the Canon Selphy CP1300 can make 4x6 prints. That's the ticket. Dye sub beats inkjet for occasional printing of those family snapshots you want to pass around.
  • Sarah McQuate details how Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo Into a Video. The University of Washington team has developed a deep learning method that can animate any flowing material, including water, smoke and clouds.
  • Craig Oppenheimer prices Headshots for a Law Firm. Unlimited use of up to 20 images for five years at $10,700. "The photographer was awarded the project," he writes, after agreeing to let them use the images "in perpetuity." Time will, ahem, tell.
  • Jim Kasson asks, Is There Really a Focal Plane? The answer: stop down.
  • Profoto has released v1.4.0 of its free Camera app for iOS and Android "to create amazing images using iPhone and Profoto lights."

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