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What The Duck #1350

DP Review News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:06

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

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Sport picture of the day: It's Sea(gull)biscuit!

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Rencontres d'Arles festival: the best photographs of 2014 in pictures

Each summer since 1970, the photographic world descends on Arles, France, for this annual celebration of their art from divers to dogs, browse the best of this year's images

Arles 2014 review a fascination with the traditional

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Adobe Lightroom allows users continued access after license expires

DP Review News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 17:41

Adobe's latest Lightroom update has made it possible for subscribers to continue accessing their images and edits, as well as some limited functions of Lightroom once a license for it has ended. Key functions, including the ability to use the Develop module, do go away once the subscription is out of date, but users retain the ability to view, organize and export images. Read more

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VSCO launches $1M artist initiative fund

DP Review News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 17:38

Image sharing and film emulation service VSCO has launched a scholarship fund totaling $1 million. Calling it the Artist Initiative, the program assists photographers and visual artists chosen by the company with funding and promotion of their work. The first round of recipients has been announced, including 12 creatives from across the globe. Learn more 

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Weekend readers best photographs: journeys

From hot air balloons to cycling over salt flats in Bolivia: your best pictures on this week's theme, journeys

The next topic is Munch (to appear 26 July). Email a hi-res image (one per entry), plus a sentence or two about what inspired you to take your photo, to in.pictures@guardian.co.uk by noon on Wednesday 16 July; please supply a daytime telephone number. Conditions apply go to guardian.co.uk/theguardian/weekend/in-pictures-terms-and-conditions for full terms and conditions Continue reading...
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Arles 2014: Hans Eijkelboom and the unbearable Dutchness of being

Photobombing local-news stories and playing surrogate dad in other people's family portraits, the photographer typifies an obsession with small universes at this Netherlands group show

"In Small Universe, we see a whole story based on the life of a geranium, a city ordered from a catalogue, a woman who stuffs a Paris catwalk's world of clothing into her tiny council apartment," writes Erik Kessels, the Dutch artist, photography collector and prankster, of his group show at Rencontres d'Arles. Looking at how photographers from his small country tend to "obsessively zoom in on all the little details that make up their small universe", it makes for a consistently oddball exhibition.

Melanie Bonajo photographs herself every time she cries, Hans de Vries records in handwritten notes and photographs "The History of the Lemon Geranium". Hans van der Meer shows the homogenisation of small cities in the Netherlands where all the street furniture benches, lights, bins and barriers are ordered from catalogues. It is Ikea on a grand and slightly depressing municipal scale.

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Scotland stories: Ani Yeshe Zangmo, a nun at the Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist monastery

As the Scottish independence referendum draws near, the Guardian's Murdo MacLeod travels the length and breadth of Scotland to document the daily lives of its diverse population. Here he meets Ani Yeshe Zangmo, a nun at Kagyu Samye Ling Europe's largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Scottish Borders Continue reading...
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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including a fire in Scotland, goldfish in Tokyo, bikes and a rocket

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Malevich, Daniel Buren, Urban Psychosis: this weeks art shows in pictures

From the Malevich retrospective in London to Urban Psychosis in Manchester, Skye Sherwin and Robert Clark find out what's happening in art around the country

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Salvador Dalí paints Laurence Olivier, 1955 - a picture from the past

Laurence Olivier, legendary star of stage and screen, died 25 years ago today. Salvador Dalí painted the actor dressed as Richard III for an image used to promote the film, which Olivier directed. Continue reading...
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Cormorant fishing in Japan - in pictures

Photographer Chris McGrath covers Asia from Getty Images' offices in Japan. Here he covers Ukai, a traditional fishing method on the Nagara river in Japan, where cormorants are used to catch fish

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LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens

DP Review News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:00

We recently published a look at the Lomography Petzval lens, a modern version of a 19th century portrait lens. It's a niche product and not something we typically cover, but an interesting adaptation of a classic design. Roger Cicala and the team at LensRentals went one step further - when a couple of copies rolled through the door, they subjected the lens to their usual optics tests. Why? Well, because why not? 

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Impossible adds B&W 'Hard Color' Limited-edition Instant Film

DP Review News - Thu, 10/07/2014 - 19:54

Instant-print maker Impossible has added a new line to its 'special' and 'limited' editions with a 600-type film that features a colored frame surrounding the image area. Joining a line of tinted emulsions and animal-skin-printed frames, B&W 600 Hard Color features a warm high-contrast emulsion with frame surrounds in eight different vivid colors. Read more

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War games: the strange story of Léon Gimpel and the Parisian street kids

This year's Recontres d'Arles is full of surprises, including this oddity in 1915, photographer Léon Gimpel directed a gang of street children and created surreal tableaux that mirrored the realities of war raging elsewhere on the continent

Tucked away in a dark room in the Église des Frères Prêcheurs in Arles, next to a much bigger exhibition of first world war monuments by Rayond Depardon, is a small show of a series of autochromes by Léon Gimpel.

Entitled Kids at War, it is one of the most intriguing shows at this year's Rencontres d'Arles photo-festival.

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Sport picture of the day: emotional Argentina penalties

A semi-final at the World Cup going to penalties can take years off a fan's life. Getty photographer Mario Tama shot one fan's emotional journey as Argentina went through to the finals, beating Holland 2-4 Continue reading...
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PhotoshopUser TV: Focus Area and Grid Lines – Episode 385

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 10/07/2014 - 16:00

Corey has a tip on a new PS CC feature called focus area. Pete gives a tutorial on using a grid to map out where your main light source is when working with shadows in your composite design.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including airstrikes in Gaza, public sector strikes and the world's tallest water slide

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Soviet Ghosts: an Empire in decay - in pictures

The countries of the former Eastern bloc are full of abandoned monuments to the glory of the Soviet Union. Risking arrest and radiation, photographer Rebecca Litchfield took a road trip through the ruined hospitals, barracks, prisons and spy stations to produce a haunting ghost story in bricks and mortar

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Detroit in ruins

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The Imperial War Museum: as much a relic as its Spitfires and doodlebugs?

After a £40m revamp and the acquisition of a range of new exhibits, the IWM is looking to the future as well as the past

Imperial War Museum reopens: 100 years of warfare in pictures

'Imperial, war and museum the three worst words in the English language." Imperial War Museum director Diane Lees is quoting one of her predecessors, Alan Borg, who reckoned he ran the museum with the most forbidding title in the world. I had asked her why, since she is overseeing the biggest overhaul at the museum for a generation, she didn't drop the word "imperial"; maybe even "war". Anyone for the Museum of Global Conflict? Or maybe Battle Space?

"We've had that conversation several times," she admits, "and I'm fascinated by the archive of the trustee discussions on that very matter." The museum's peculiar title has, it seems, long been up for debate, but all three words have survived the latest Big Think. "War," says Lees by way of explanation, "is always going to be fascinating to a certain section of the audience, and our job is to broaden that audience. The imperial bit is accepted as a historical fact as opposed to a political agenda. And museums have changed their image more people now visit museums than attend football matches. The Imperial War Museum is an internationally recognised brand, and any brand consultant will say, 'Throw that out at your peril.'" Battle Space will have to wait.

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