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26 October 2020

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 Michael Yuan, Farshid Tighehsaz, An-My Le, lens testing, step up rings, manufacturers' tolerances, the Canon R6, "filter failed" error and HP printer software.

  • Douglas Zimmerman profiles Michael Yuan, who spent two and a half years photographing the structure and design elements of the Golden Gate Bridge. "Over the course of the project, I realized my perspective toward life and my environment changed," Yuan said. "I really learned to appreciate my surroundings and seek beauty in my environment, no matter how ordinary."
  • In From Labyrinth, Cat Lachowskyj interviews Iranian photographer Farshid Tighehsaz whose project of the same name captures "the growing complexity and depression he senses in himself and his peers." He has found "fears take control of each individual's life and identity, in ways both unique to each person and universal."
  • In A Photographer's American Road Trip, An-My Le presents a few of the images she's taken over the last four years as she's traveled the country. "These images are reminders to me that our American landscape and the communities within it transcend this cultural and political moment," she writes.
  • In Why I Don't Use an MTF Bench to Test My Own Lenses, Roger Cicala reveals how he tests a lens with several real images to evaluate sharpness, field curvature and bokeh.
  • Derrick Story explains Why I Like Step Up Rings. They keep his filter collection in harness no matter what diameter his new lenses have. New filters are expensive, step up rings not so much.
  • Thom Hogan admits My Tolerance for Tolerances Has Gone Down as sensor resolution has gone up. "If camera makers are going to continue to pursue resolution gains through better optics and more megapixels -- and I believe they should -- we also need them to become more responsible in tightening and publishing their tolerances," he writes. (Hogan also reviews the Canon R6, which he likes everything about except the price.)
  • Mark Segal provides an alternate workflow if you get the Stopped -- Filter Failed error on macOS. But you're not going to like it. Use an old computer running an older operating system than High Sierra to print, he says. Adobe software runs into a problem with "filters" (he explains) when its apps manage color instead of letting the printer manage color.
  • In What Happened With Security Updates and HP Printer Software?, Howard Oakley tracks down two recent issues on macOS, including a failure to access an HP printer after Oct 23 when a security certificate was revoked by Apple at the request of HP despite it still being "relied on by many users." Oakley calls that "a very deliberate act which no corporation could ever leave to an intern to handle," and calls for an investigation by Apple and HP.

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