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14 September 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 Nikon's photomicrography winners, Stefan Dotter, Sebastião Salgado, Yannis Karpouzis, Jelle Mul, pano tips, a gift, blurring your way to sharpness and the 2021 Fall Foliage Map.

  • Nikon has announced the winners of its 2021 Photomicrography Competition. In its news release, Nikon Instruments communications manager Eric Flem said, "As imaging technology continues to progress, the 47th annual competition has provided us with some amazing captures of scientific research and creativity from across a multitude of disciplines."
  • Stephanie Wade presents German photographer Stefan Dotter's images of The Women of the Sea in Japan. "These women head underwater without scuba gear or air tanks and often dive for foods like abalone and wakame seaweed in addition to pearls," she writes.
  • Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been named as one of four winners of the Praemium Imperiale 2021, a £400,000 award given by the Japan Art Association. The Guardian presents a selection of his images on the occasion.
  • In Parallel Crisis, Alexander Streeker reviews the new photobook of 50 images by Yannis Karpouzis. "Many photographs and photographic projects emerged from the Greek Crisis, but what sets Karpouzis' work apart is a contemplative gaze that balances a careful fidelity to the material consequences of this challenging period with an effort at expressing something beyond the immediately visible," he writes.
  • In Shifting Culture and Creativity for Change, Heidi Volpe talks to Jelle Mul about taking a camera on a bike ride (among other things like fixing the world through art). "By using that thing you love to fight for something bigger than you, you make yourself happier, the world a little better place and you can keep doing it forever," he says.
  • Julieanne Kost shares some Tips for Photo Merge to HDR, Panorama, and HDR Panorama.
  • In Gifting Pixels, Dave Williams tells how a generous offer got him a rare opportunity to shoot inside St. Paul's Cathedral in London with a tripod.
  • In Sharpen Images by Blurring (Yes, Blurring) Them in Photoshop, Dan Havlik presents a clever technique by Unmesh Dinda that recalls darkroom unsharp masking. "Although that might sound common and you might have heard about it before," Dinda says, "what really struck me was when I compared it with High Pass, it totally changed the game and in many cases, it was way better than High Pass."
  • The 2021 Fall Foliage Map is available. The map shows the annual progressive changing of the color of the leaves in the continental U.S.

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