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30 August 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 Sue Palmer Stone, Knox Bertie, Kevin Wiener, the Nikon Z fc, Canon R6 Error 70, 1:2 With the GFX, ultra-wide lenses and a new enlargement method.

  • In Embodiment: Salvaging a Self, Magali Duzant features the images Sue Palmer Stone makes of sculptures she assembles from discards and debris. "Stone's photographs ask us to put aside a modern day desire for constant stimulation in place of a quieter gaze, a more inquisitive eye attuned to small elements," she writes.
  • In Arriving in Sydney, Knox Bertie uses his old film and darkroom techniques with digital exposures to move "somewhere between truth and fiction, showing fragments of time and space, offering an emotional portrayal of life in Sydney."
  • Grace Ebert showcases photographs of the Jumping Spider That Radiates an Iridescent Sheen by Kevin Wiener. "Each of the striking photos catches the arthropod's iridescent exoskeleton in a manner that highlights its rainbow luster and reveals its ant-like appearance," she writes. When he's not shooting bugs, Wiener is a wedding photographer.
  • Derrick Story lists Five Things I Like About the Nikon Z fc (And Five That I Don't). On the old FE and FM bodies you could solve the grip problem with a motor drive. Realtime Exposure Compensation is intriguing but not enough to make up for what's missing. The lack of image stabilization is a killer. "I'm going to think on it some more," he writes.
  • Scott Kelby posts an update on his Canon R6 'Error 70' Issue. Sometimes you just have to ship it back. In his case, the diagnosis was "Multiple errors causing power issues," and the fix involved replacing the main board and CMOS sensor assembly.
  • Jim Kasson reveals Two Ways to Get to 1:2 With the GFX, both with sharp centers. But the method using extension tubes suffers from poor edges, he reports.
  • Justin Hartney has been Testing the Best Ultra-Wide Lenses for the Perseids Meteor Shower. That list includes the Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art, Sony FE 14mm f1.8 GM and Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D.
  • In the never-ending quest to "enhance that blurry image," Google engineers explain how they apply artificial intelligence to provide High Fidelity Image Generation. "Diffusion models work by corrupting the training data by progressively adding Gaussian noise, slowly wiping out details in the data until it becomes pure noise and then training a neural network to reverse this corruption process," the team writes. It feels a little like tray development to us.

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