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30 July 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 Texas grape harvest, the Light Herder, camera makers, expressive color processing and breached databases.

  • Kirk Tuck shoots The Grape Harvest after buying a Leica Vario-Elmarit 24-90mm f2.8-4.0 for his Leica SL2. "We're almost done with the big Texas wine project and so far I'm happy with almost everything I've shot," he writes.
  • The HD Video Feedback Kinetic Sculpture creates fractals and organic-looking images in real-time, without a computer. "This is part sculpture, part performance art and may make the most complex video feedback ever created, using three cameras, two video switchers, a sheet of beam-splitter glass and an HDMI input from a phone or live video feed."
  • Thom Hogan presents an admittedly incomplete list of What's Easy and What's Difficult for Camera Makers. "Moreover, the difficult problems they pick may not be a problem that most of their customers want solved," he writes.
  • Jim Kasson has published the third part of his Eyeballing Some Expressive Color Processing, this time with a publicly available Raw file so you can get in on the act. The variations are instructive.
  • In The Life Cycle of a Breached Database, security journalist Brian Krebs details "what typically transpires in the weeks or months before an organization notifies its users about a breached database." He ends with four tips to protect yourself.

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