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7 October 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 Tyler Hicks, biology photos, Francesca Magnani, Gordon Parks, Kevin Saunders, the Kentucky Derby, Halide 2.5, Adobe Elements 2021, the Flickr Foundation and a WD SSD issue.

  • The Afghan War: A Photographer's Journal features photographs by Tyler Hicks. After witnessing the execution of a wounded Taliban fighter upon his arrival, David Zucchino writes, "Mr. Hicks returned to Afghanistan more than 30 times over the next two decades, chronicling almost every chapter of a war that dragged on nearly 20 years."
  • The Guardian has published highlights of the Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition. The unusual images include ants feasting on honeydew and zebras drinking in the savannah.
  • The City in Masks (La città in maschera) is an exhibition of 25 images by street photographer Francesca Magnani that is on view online and by appointment from Oct, 7 through Nov. 11, 2021 at the Consulate General of Italy in New York City. Click on the image to go through the slide show.
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery is exhibiting Gordon Parks: A Choice of Weapons form Oct. 8 though Dec. 23 both online and in New York City.
  • Digital Transitions interviews San Antonio portrait photographer Kevin Saunders. "I have to get the minimum amount of information into the sensor so I can do my artistry on my time, not the clients and I have to deliver every time. I can say the most difficult sessions and there are some, are when the subject won't cooperate and doesn't want to be there," he says.
  • Suzanne Sease features The Kentucky Derby, the personal project of William DeShazer. He's covered the race since 2014. "Every year I'm like a kid in a candy store," he writes.
  • In A Big Day for Small Things, Ben Sandofsky explores the iPhone 13 Pro's macro lens, comparing it to both telephoto and wide angle enlargements. And announcing Halide 2.5, which brings "Macro capabilities to all iPhones."
  • Adobe has released Elements 2021, updating the Photoshop and Premiere components with new features powered by Adobe Sensei AI technology. A new license remains $149.99 with upgrades available for $119.99.
  • The non-profit Flickr Foundation has been established "to properly preserve and care for the Flickr Commons archive, support Commons members to collaborate in a true 21st-century Commons and plan for the very long-term health and longevity of the entire Flickr collection."
  • In Western Digital Confirms Speed Crippling SN550 SSD Flash Change, Sergiu Gatlan recently reported the company "changed the NAND flash memory in one of its most popular M.2 NVMe SSD models, the WD Blue SN550, which crippled writing speeds according to several reports, leading to a 50% performance hit."

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