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Tech News: Portable SSDs From Western Digital and Sandisk

DIYPhotography   Wednesday January 17, 2018

Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless Pro portable hard drive, launched in 2016, was handy but “a little slow and underwhelming,” notes DIY Photography, which reports that the company’s newly launched My Passport Wireless SSD  is a significant upgrade. “As well as the obvious addition of the SSD, the Wi-Fi’s been upgraded, as has the built-in SD card reader,” notes DIYP. Meanwhile, Sandisk’s new Extreme Portable SSD has transfer speeds with up to 550MB/sec read for working out in the field.    Read the full Story >>

On View: Free-Diving Photographer Captures Polluted Seas

CNN   Wednesday January 17, 2018

Janeanne Gilchrist, who dives without breathing equipment off the coast of Scotland, began taking pictures of seaborne junk about a year ago. Since then, notes CNN, she has photographed plastic bags, discarded fishermen hats and rope, and other rubbish in a diffused, sublime light. “The images are made from man-made debris, which shouldn't be there. It looks ethereal and majestic — but it makes people go wow, that's amazing, what is it?” she says. Her work in on view through March 24 at JD Fergusson Gallery in Perth, Scotland.   Read the full Story >>

Closeup: I Built the Largest Natural Light Wet Plate Studio in the US

PetaPixel   Wednesday January 17, 2018

Shane Balkowitsch  is a wet plate collodion photographer based in North Dakota, and at PetaPixel he describes why (and how) he built the biggest natural-light wet plate studio in the United States in over a century. “The new studio is 1,800 square feet in size and features a huge wall of glass and skylight, just as they used in the Victorian Era. In fact, I could not source proper glass for the studio and it took me 6 months to sort this one problem out,” he notes. He ended up getting the glass from greenhouse sources.    Read the full Story >>

In Focus: 20 Years Later, a Bosnian Returns Home

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   Wednesday January 17, 2018

“Even though he left Bosnia at age 5,  Sulejman Bijedi still remembers playing at grandparents’ house and his father throwing him into the Neretva river to teach him to swim,” notes National Geographic. He also remembers his father being taken to a prison camp. In 2016 Bijedi, a photographer based in  Italy, returned to his mother’s village to document the Muslim community who remained and those who returned after the war. He calls his project “Odavle Samo U Harem,” which means “From here only to the cemetery.”   Read the full Story >>

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