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24 February 2015

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 Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, the homeless, the creative spark and Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel.

  • Roger Cicala compares the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 to the more expensive Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 AF-S. The plot thickens when, after comparing wide and long end performance, he tests at 23mm. The results demonstrate "a different philosophy of lens design," which will give you something to think about.
  • Heartbreaking Photos and Tragic Tales of San Francisco's Homeless by Gabrielle Canon is the latest in Mother Jones' photo essays, a surprising number of which are in black and white. Psychiatrist Robert Okin, who spent years talking to the homeless on the street after a career of caring for them, shot the images that accompany the story. "I understood their lives from a clinical point of view" Okin said. "I didn't really get it from a humanistic point of view. I wanted to know about the details." He published Silent Voices to tell their story.
  • Julieanne Kost and Chris Orwig will appear on Searching for the Creative Spark, a free, live broadcast on "how to ignite and sustain the creative spark" on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 9 to 10:30am PST.
  • Scott Kelby dedicates his blog today to Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, his "publisher and dear friend." It's his way of "saying thanks for never compromising, for always striving to do what's right by the reader and for taking so many chances with my crazy book ideas over the years."

More to come...

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