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9 March 2016

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Iran, a total eclipse, smartphone image quality and McNally's portrait of Leo "Bud" Welch.

  • In Iran, Up Close, Though Far Away, James Estrin interviews Hossein Fatemi, whose project An Iranian Journey, earned Fatemi the World Understanding award in the Pictures of the Year International contest last month. He's lived in exile since the 2013 publication of that project but enlisted eight of his former students to work on A Journey Inside, a documentary project on Iranian social issues. With one caveat. "“I chose a subject that would not cause them to be arrested or get into any trouble if they were published," Fatemi said.
  • Japanese satellite Himarawri provided a different angle on yesterday's total eclipse of the sun, which (you know) is what photographers are always chasing:
  • Daniel Bader reports on iMore and Android Central image quality tests among the iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7, iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S6. The remarks in the conclusion rebut the headline but you can always use your own eyes. What they're really evaluating, it seems, is more the way the phones render JPEGs than the camera performance itself.
  • In Parsing a Scene With Lenses, Joe McNally photographs blues guitarist Leo "Bud" Welch at the Rockwood Music Hall on Allen St. in New York City. But not with an iPhone. He uses a 24-70mm, 35mm and 85mm lens with SB910 Speedlights to create an intimate and dramatic portrait of the artist.

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