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28 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 Jamal Ageli, the Alps, Beijing's Olympics bubble, zooms vs. primes, the Z 9 shutter, Ansel Adams and the mirrorless era.

  • Science & Fiction: Fascination and Aspects of Astrophotography showcase Jamal Ageli's Polaris project. "The photographic effort, especially the planning of the shots, is a rather strange mix of belief in technology, ritual and experience of nature," he says.
  • In The Unsurpassed Splendor and Joy of Winter, Devid Gualandris features images from the Dutch photography duo Arturo + Bamboo from their latest publication SNOW. "The duo take viewers to idyllic destinations and faraway places in which beauty is found between adventure and moments of solitude," he writes. In this case, the Alps.
  • The Associated Press reports Entering Beijing's Olympics Bubble Is a Surreal Experience. "I know the only experience of Beijing I'm going to experience is the Beijing I will see out of my bus window and my hotel window," said Associated Press photo editor Yirmiyan Arthur, who arrived this week. "I'm not really going to experience China, I'm just going to experience the Olympics within the bubble."
  • In Zooms vs. Primes, Kirk Tuck revisits an old quandary with a new perspective. Zooms got as good as primes, yes, but big lenses are no longer socially acceptable in the phone era. Smaller primes are "are stealthy, non-threatening and not very professional looking." Which makes them ideal for street photography.
  • How Fast Is the Z 9 Shutter? Jim Kasson wanted to know. So he got out his analog oscilloscope to find out. "Pretty fast for a FF electronic shutter," he found.
  • The New Mexico Museum of Art has announced Ansel Adams: Pure Photography will open on Jan. 29. "The exhibition includes a selection of Adams' intimate nature studies as well as portraits and views of architecture made during this formative time," the museum noted. (And we'll note, we are still cautioning against social gatherings during the pandemic.)
  • In This Is How Photography Will Remember 2021, Jason Row reflects on the state of the industry, particularly manufacturers' move to mirrorless.

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