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18 December 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 photos of the week, a mother and son, free gradient presets, a Columbo mystery, Ctein dye subs and Instagram.

  • Alan Taylor presents 35 Photos of the Week including "Christmas lights on a pub in England, a bodybuilding competition in Kenya, a wildfire in Kansas, skiing in the Italian Alps, tornado damage in Kentucky, an inflatable scooter in Japan, bison in Yellowstone National Park, a Santa ski run in Maine and much more."
  • It may not be a nativity scene but Kirk Tuck's Mother and Son in Rome proves, as he writes, "Most people want to be happy." They're quite often approachable and don't at all mind being in on the game of your street shooting.
  • Edvinas Reika contributes some Free Gradient Presets to explore color variations of your image in Photoshop.
  • A Reddit poster asks a question about camera technology in The Columbo Episode Negative Reaction (yes, possible, with a Polaroid, as shown) and gets some good answers, including this over-the-top "enhance that" meme from Blade Runner:
  • Mike Johnston trumpets Ctein's Unexpected Print Sale. By the time you read this, they'll probably no longer be available for sale, but the links to the images will still be live. Ctein's prints were all from a forgotten Kodak exhibit in 1983. Johnston himself added a lovely image of Niagara Falls to the sale. Worth a peek.
  • Lina Scheynius asks, Why Does Instagram Keep Allowing My Images to Be Stolen?. Her image of a plum against her leg can seemingly be used to sell anything: "beauty products, nutritional supplements, mental health coaching, fashion, concept stores and all sorts of products with a 'feminine empowerment' label," she lists them. She reported the Instagram copyright violation, of course. "In response to my copyright report I got an email asking me to provide all the information I had submitted in the form again," she writes. "I did that with some annoyance and was finally informed that the image had been removed and that if I would like to retract the report I could."

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