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15 January 2022

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 Dakar Rally, a Leica M11 issue, portraiture, Nikon electronic first curtain shutter behavior and dark flora.

  • Dakar Rally 2022: Veterans, Debuts and Biofuels features an illuminating essay by Daryl Mersom (interesting stuff on alternate fuels and electronic vehicles) accompanied by Marian Chytka's photos (among others) with a link to past images of the brutal desert rally.
  • It didn't take Lloyd Chambers long to find something wrong with the Leica M11. In Uncoded Lenses Hang Camera, he complains, "It's just unbelievable that Leica can ship this garbage to customers." After using an uncoded lens, you have to mount a coded lens to be able to power up the camera again.
  • In On Portraits II, Andrew Molitor expands on his critique of portraiture, demonstrating how subjects pose in emotional masks. The solution is to shoot a candid or "you have to do what is often called a good portrait,," he writes, citing Kirk Tuck as someone with a lot of those (and one very nice one today, in fact).
  • Jim Kasson tackles Nikon Z7 Scan Time and Exposure Variation in an interesting look (through an oscilloscope) at electronic first curtain shutter behavior.
  • Dahlia Ambrose suggests How to Capture and Edit Dark Moody Flora Photography. "You can find a lot of colors, textures and patterns in flora that can be very interesting subjects to photograph," she writes. We happen to like that sort of hunt quite a bit.

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