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16 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 Michelle V. Agins, Brad Walls, Jared Leeds, the iPhone 13 Pro, MTF testing and Fiat's rooftop racetrack.

  • In A Simple Directive Sparked a Storied Career: 'Now, Take the Picture', Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff highlights the life and work of Pulitzer-winning New York Times photographer Michelle V. Agins. She will be honored this fall with a retrospective at the Photoville Festival in New York.
  • Detached, in Harmony is Brad Walls latest conceptual aerial photo series, this time inspired by the pandemic and 1940s Vogue photoshoots. "The figures are purposefully static, to symbolise how we have been frozen in time over the past 18 months," he says.
  • In Suzanne Sease presents the "personal project" of Jared Leeds (and his wife) Pathway to Fertility that has resulted in "two beautiful and healthy twin girls who are now seven years old," he writes. "We couldn't be more grateful."
  • Kirk Tuck says he's going to pre-order the iPhone 13 Pro with 512-GB "so I can record lots and lots of 4K ProRes footage." He was waiting for the addition of a telephoto lens to make his XR obsolete. "Future arrived," he writes. "One more blow to traditional camera form."
  • Roger Cicala Explains MTF Testing in the latest LensRentals podcast. "In short, MTF stands for Modulation Transfer Function and is a measurement of the optical performance of a lens," the liner notes point out. "When understood, you can get have a significant understanding of a lenses performance, from whether it's sharp on the edges of the frame to if it has astigmatism that might lead to artifacts like 'swirly bokeh.'"
  • Rare Historical Photos tells the story of Fiat's Racetrack on the Rooftop in both photos and text. It's still there, too.

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