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16 November 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 Ian Parry Scholarship, Dan Carter, the Natural Landscape Photography awards, Gordon Parks, Mother Nature, still lifes, Lightroom, the Lucid Air and objectivity.

  • Sarah Gilbert highlights a Photojournalism Print Sale to Support Emerging Talent with the Ian Parry Scholarship. "Some of the greatest names in contemporary photography have donated prints to raise funds via auction at Artsy and ensure that the scholarship's work in promoting photojournalism continues," she writes.
  • Devid Gualandris features the "beautiful sceneries" and "intimate portraits" of Cape Town-based photographer Dan Carter. "With unique framing and a cinematic perspective, his shots of warmly hued African landscapes offer a glimpse of the vast beauty and diversity of the continent, while evoking emotional responses and desires," he writes.
  • Grace Ebert presents The Natural Landscape Photography Awards, which prompted 13,368 entries from 47 countries. "The inaugural contest eschews digital manipulations in favor of highlighting realistic beauty around the world and winning entries capture a brilliant lightning strike atop Matterhorn in the Alps, the moon peaking through branches at Joshua Tree National Park and a melting iceberg on the black sand beaches of Fellsfjara in Iceland," she writes. If you like her selection, there's more at the contest site galleries.
  • In How Gordon Parks Changed Photography, Janelle Zara reviews the John Maggio's HBO documentary A Choice of Weapons which features directors Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee, writers Jelani Cobb and George Nelson, and photographers Devin Allen, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jamel Shabazz.
  • Dave Williams admits we're all At the Mercy of Nature when we shoot outdoors. "Last night I had planned to shoot the setting sun from atop a mountain overlooking the incredible Faroese fjords, but nature had other ideas," he writes.
  • In How to Get Awesome Still Life Photographs of Objects at Home, Dahlia Ambrose offers a handful of tips for shooting and editing images of "small interesting things from your day-to-day life." Which solves the problem above.
  • Julieanne Kost has posted links to her Adobe MAX presentations on Lightroom Classic Editing and Photoshop Compositing.
  • Motor Trend names the Lucid Air as the 2022 Car of the Year with "up to 1,111 horsepower and 1,390 lb-ft of torque in the Air Dream P edition and up to 520 miles of EPA-official range in the Dream R edition." But we're mentioning it for the slide show with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background (scroll down a bit). Ironically it is periodically interrupted with ads for pickup trucks.
  • In Objectivity, Andrew Molitor defends an underwater image shot by Ralph Pace against accusations of fraud by two academics who clearly missed a few tells and failed to take into account the light source. "There is no evidence presented that stands up even slightly," he writes.

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