#1180. Week Links of Photography (19 Mar 2022)

By pascaljappy | News

Mar 19

When you chain-read the news in one sitting, to write a newsletter, trends become starkingly obvious. And if one has raised its hand far more than others this week, it’s the return of film!! New film stock is being released, lenses are being reviewed from a film-shooter perspective, film cameras are more sought after, artists are thriving on film. Get ready for a celluloid tsunami!

What’s in a face?


  • 2022 Open competition Winners’ & Shortlist (WPO)

    The title says it all really. The World Photography Organisation has published the list of winners and runners up in its annual competition. There are photographs for every tastes, most of them excellent.
  • Cornell researchers taught a robot to take Airbnb photos (Engadget)

    My phone suggests “better” compositions than mine. Why wouldn’t a robot use the same tech to create cheap real estate photography? BTW, the robot knows the rule of thirds. That’s all you need to know about that rule and why I’ve been dissing it for so long, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And YES, it is a deliberate provocation that this is appearing in the creative section ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Macro Photos by Barry Webb Highlight the Spectacular Diversity of Slime Molds (Colossal)

    It’s all in the title. The photographs are stunning, and the article – when you compare it to Lad Session’s recent series of posts on the ecosystems of forests on DS – highlights the different approaches we can all take, and the richness produced by that variety of angles. Cool.
  • 6 Photographers Share Their Beautiful Infrared Photography (The Phoblographer)

    Let’s begin the film landslide here. You like infrared, or you don’t. It’s not really my thing, but I love that others are doing it and that we have to choice to. On film, at least.


Rough day for pigs
Yeah, Grainydays again. But how often do we see a film stock reissue?
  • The Best Leica Lenses for Film Photography (The Phoblographer)

    The website has been on a Leica theme a lot lately, not sure why. But here are reviews of Leica lenses that look good on film (and possibly not on digital).
  • 5 Reasons you should develop your own film (Pop photo)

    Yes, I’m piling it on here. More film-related news. Beyond the price advantage, and the ease of doing so, the feeling of completion that comes from mastering the whole chain, and the variety of weird and wonderful stuff you can do makes this compelling.
  • 8 Instagram accounts to follow if you love film photography (Pop photo again)

    Film again, and people who use it well. Going back to film? Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s changed. It’s no longer a sub-culture. Film is back. Maybe slightly different, but back. So this is the reaction to the ridiculous quanti gear-wars? Hmmm
  • How to Sell Your Used Camera Gear (PetaPixel)

    Of course, having seen all this film goodness, everyone is going to want to sell their digital gear. Mamiya 7 prices will skyrocket so fast that Damian Hirst NFT price charts will seem flatter than a pond on a Haiku night. And the film stills camera + video digital camera combo idea that has been haunting my nights may seem less fringe and even mainstream. You read it here first. And at least, you know how to sell your gear now ๐Ÿ™‚
Spiraling, again.


  • The art of seeing photographically (Paula Chamlee)

    I interviewed Paula a few years back and was so blown away with her blend of larger format technique and sensitive eye, that I bought one of her prints. Well, now she is sharing how to see potographically in a workshop next May (she didn’t ask me to post this, nor is she paying me in any way to do so ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  • Expose To The Right With Sony A1 (PhotoPxl)

    Hmmm … This doesn’t feel right at all to me. With digital’s tendency to brutally clip highlights, I’d never expose to the right. But I’ve never used a Sony A1, which may be leaps and bounds better than the rest of the digital pack. So I will shut up and will let you read this very interesting article.



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  • Dallas says:

    Another, informative article Pascal. I must get around to sell my Nikon D850 and Zeiss Milvus 18 & 85 ( I know it a great lens) but I just don’t use it. Bought it on a wim. Take care Dallas

    • pascaljappy says:

      Good luck with the sales, Dallas. A lens is only as good as the images it makes ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t use it, there’s no point in keeping it. That was my reasoning for selling Audrey in spite of all the good things I’ve written about it. Cheers!

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Naaah! I had my time with film. In what little time I have left in my life, I want to do something different – not more of the same. So I gave practically all of my film negatives & prints to a friend of mine in London, 30 years ago.
    Digi right now – and I’m still keeping funds aside so that I can splurge on a full frame Foveon sensor camera when SIGMA finally puts it on the market.
    Dig is hot – there’s A-MAZ-ING stuff out there, from all sorts of manufacturers! Moi – je prรฉfรจre Nikon. But there’s a huge range – plenty enough to suit any taste, any budget.
    The big “block” for me with film is that I like to print my photos, and I’ve never been able to set up a colour printing arrangement for home/personal production of quality colour prints, from film. So moving into digi opened a whole new, enormous, exciting universe for me!

    The world championship photos are a fertile paddock, with heaps of images to plow through.

    The idea of robotic photography is on the cusp – why do we even bother? and the answer is, now matter how good the robot, robots can’t have “personality – taste – instinct’ that go to make up a human mind. They can be taught (programmed) to do things, things we’ve thought of and MAYBE even things we haven’t. But it can never have “the human touch”. Empathy – you can teach a robot what it OUGHT to feel, but never what it does – simply because it doesn’t.

    Macro – endlessly absorbing – takes you to a whole new universe, a whole new way of thinking.

    Infra red – maybe this is coming to a house near you, sooner than you think – CCTV is easily affordable and you can monitor your house by remote, on your cell phone. When lights dim, you can STILL do it, using B&W/infra red. For more artistic applications, of course, infra red film takes over. This stuff is heading for the high country these days. You can get cat doors that recognise YOUR cat[s], by their microchips, and ONLY let yours through the door. And you can monitor their movements from your cellphone, wherever you are. Next is spying on your kids – making sure their doing their homework, and not playing video games. Or is there an international treaty now, to protect children from tyrannical parents? Where will it all end? Not on the pages of DS, anyway.

    Question: why are you in a proscIutto factory photographing their inventory stock?

    • pascaljappy says:

      It’s funny. We (old timers) have had our lot of film, so crave the convenience and broad features of digital. Younger generations have known nothing but digital and crave film for its original look and entertaining process.

      Wow, spying on your kids seems quite unethical !! I hope people don’t do that.

      Infrared has already led to scandals in the past. Remember those video cameras that had sensitivity deep into the infrared ? Manufacturers didn’t realise that some fabrics are a bit transparent to IR, so those cameras produced slightly revealing videos of people at the beach for instance.

      Those robots seem to be used for “standard” real estate photographs. But soon we’ll see them creating good art. Of course, there will probably be no consciousness of the process, making the programmer the real artist. That is the topic of a coming article, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

      • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

        LOL – “spying on your kids” – well, It’d take a lot, to persuade me to do anything of the kind! But I guess some will do it. I was “my own person” at a very young age, far TOO young, frankly – and I’d tend to give any kid of mine far too much rope, because of that. But other people make their own choices, I guess. AND have to live with the consequences of them!

        Never knew infra red was quite that interesting – ya live & learn!

        I’ll keep my gambling chips cool, on the subject of what they can achieve with robots. For all our faults and failings, humans can add something that machines can never have.

        • pascaljappy says:

          We’re probably some wat away from true robot artists. Particularly as everytime humanity makes any progress it is first used as a weapon, then as a way to wring as much more money as possibly out of it, then possibly do good … We have a long way to go to outgrow our animal origins, it seems.

          But there are some interesting breakthroughs in AI that will eventually lead to fun applications ๐Ÿ™‚

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