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18 March 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 citizens of Kyiv, a war diary, the Panasonic GH6, camera color accuracy, Skylum and bird photography.

  • In Citizens of Kyiv (gift link), C.J. Chivers presents the stories behind the portraits of "fortitude, desperation and resolve" by Alexander Chekmenev of "a city under attack." One comment sums it up, "Extraordinary photographs, Alexander Chekmenev. Heartbreaking that one man with a twisted ideology can wreak such havoc with other peoples lives."
  • In A War Diary From Lviv, photojournalist Alessio Mamo talks about his experience covering the conflict from Western Ukraine, finding echoes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq that he has covered.
  • Having owned the GH2, GH3, GH4, GH5, GH5S and the GH5ii, Kirk Tuck is excited about the Panasonic GH6. "The camera uses the speedy new processor to take two frames of video per final video frame," he explains. "One frame is low ISO and the other is higher ISO with saturation. The frames are combined and blended on the fly. The result is an increase from 12 to 13 stops of dynamic range ... but it only works in video."
  • In Camera Color Accuracy Outside of the Training Set, Jim Kasson comes up with 24 4x6 patch sets arranged in a larger 4x6 pattern to produce 576 spectra. Yikes. It leads to three conclusions with two caveats.
  • Dan Havlik reports on How Ukraine-Based Skylum Releases Photo Software During the War. He links to Skylum's blog post How the War in Ukraine Affects Skylum's Operations in which the company promises, "Despite everything, Skylum will continue operations so we can support our team and our country."
  • Jason Odell has released his Z 9 Settings for Bird Photography as a free 16-page PDF. It's from his recently-published 11-MB Bird Photography With the Nikon z9 for $24.99.

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