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20 August 2021

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 Leandro Colantoni, Pablo Piedra, Amaal Said, astrophotography, the Sony A1 and self portraits.

  • Stephanie Wade celebrates the Beautiful, Ordinary Moments photographed by Leandro Colantoni, who lives and works in the Sicilian city of Agrigento. "I studied photography for the first time even before buying a camera, from an old Kodak book from the '90s that I found at home, which belonged to my mother," Colantoni says.
  • In A Longtime Military Photographer Has a New Passion Project: Bugs, Catie Dull showcases the macro shots of Pablo Piedra. "His wife Daniela helps him look for insects and his son Jaden loves the final results," she writes.
  • In Photographing the Present for the Future, Sarah Rose Sharp presents Amaal Said's stock photography. "I'm completely obsessed with people who have a lot of images of their family members," Said says, "because I'm really obsessed with this idea that we pass photos down and that we have photos of people that we've never seen before. I really love that."
  • Dahlia Ambrose lists The Best Gear for Astrophotography. Camera, lens, tripod, release, memory card, batteries, headlamp, flashlight, power bank, apps and more. (The site seems to have scrolling issues lately. Just refresh the link to restore scroll. -- Editor)
  • Lloyd Chambers discovers the Sony A1 shows no darkening of the EVF or Rear LCD "with polarized sunglasses either in landscape or portrait orientation."
  • Andrew Molitor considers The Self Portrait on his return from vacation, during which he observed "a young woman examining herself in her phone" on at least two occasions. "I am by no means certain I have anything to say except a handful of related observations, but I intend to make those observations," he writes. "Buckle up."

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