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28 May 2019

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 El Salvador, birding, Qatar, a senior photo, fill flash, Hashim Badani and Julieanne Kost interviewed.

  • David Gonzalez presents Images of an El Salvador Town Transformed by Migration from a project undertaken by three journalists concerned "about migration from the point of departure, not ... arrival." Photojournalist Anita Pouchard Serra, Mexican photographer Koral Carballo and Jessica Avalos, a Salvadoran writer collaborated on Welcome to Intipucaí City. "What motivates all three of us is how the majority of the media offers a narrative about the 'other,'" Carballo pointed out. "We want to get close and empathize. These migrants are stigmatized by the hateful talk in the U.S., but on the contrary, they are people who could be your family."
  • Robin Wong goes Birding With the Olympus E-M1X and an M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS Pro and a 40-150mm f2.8 Pro plus the teleconverter MC-14. And he comes back loaded with tips for using the Micro Four Thirds system for capturing our feathered friends.
  • Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko's images of The Push and Pull of History and Tradition in Qatar keep the desert in the foreground with skyscrapers in the background. "Will the Qatari people manage to retain their identity?" he asks. "Or will they lose their strength of will in such a comfortable environment? Will they yield to the destructive temptations and attractions of the new world? Only time will tell."
  • David Hobby takes a Senior Photo of his youngest son. Well, two. A conventional one for mom and a personal one lit up by the graphite from a pencil.
  • In To Fill Flash or Not; That Is the Question, Derrick Story demonstrates the effectiveness of using fill flash outdoors. "One of the times that I turn the flash on is when I'm in a strong backlighting situation," he writes. But it is also the solution to those deep shadows under the eyes in full sun. We see that a lot on Twin Peaks where visitors never think to use fill flash for just that situation.
  • In The Atlantic: Hashim Badani, Heidi Volpe talks to the photographer about how he uses his Instagram and Twitter accounts to get work and to Arsh Raziuddin, the art director, about the hire.
  • Julieanne Kost enjoyed her Interview on the Candid Frame Podcast with Ibarionex Perello. The short piece includes links to the full podcast.

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