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27 October 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 the climate crisis, war relics, Hoan Kiem Lake, a toy photographer, a folding iPhone tripod, Rick Sammon, medium format, a blur effect and a recap on Adobe MAX announcements.

  • The Guardian has published images from the shortlist for the Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition focusing on "documenting the climate crisis, with stark images of extreme weather, wildlife in decline and pollution accompanied by images of hope and nature recovery."
  • In Relics of War Sit Crumbling on Northern European Coastlines, Stephoanie Wade features British photographer Marc Wilson's images from his project Last Stand. Wilson traveled 23,000 miles across 143 locations in four years to document the concrete battlements sinking into the sand.
  • Harold Davis drops a calming black-and-white of Hoan Kiem Lake taken in 2017.
  • Dahlia Ambrose presents the Cinematic Toy Photography of upstate New York photographer Jared Middleton (that's Sirdork to you). He started with his phone but didn't stop there, moving up to a Canon 250D and a Sony Alpha 7 III.
  • In A Tripod in Your Wallet, Kevin Raber sings the praises of the $40 Pocket Tripod Pro. Carbon fiber legs, angle indicator, soft-contact grip and fluid tilt adjustment are as thick as two stacked credit cards. Raber's comprehensive review doesn't mention the soft contact grips, which we find essential when it comes to gripping glass phones. Cheapest carbon fiber tripod you'll ever own.
  • Rick Sammon has some thoughts on Pandemic Productivity & Creativity as he lays in bed recovering from a broken ankle. "I share my story with you (thank you Brad and Scott for the share) with the hope of giving you some encouragement if you feel as though you are falling beneath the waves -- and to illustrate how being productive and creative is important, some may say essential, for the health of the mind and body ... and your business," he writes.
  • Do You Really Need a Medium Format Camera? Ryan Hill asks. After a general discussion, he considers particular models.
  • Katrina Williams shows you how to Play With a Blur Effect in a short video.
  • In his survey of New Creative Cloud Releases, Scott Belsky has posted a round-up of yesterday's Adobe MAX announcements. We'll just add that Photoshop and a few other products in the Creative Cloud suite now require Catalina 10.15.

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