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1 April 2022

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 the sun, your camera roll, an ultra-wide lens, one more mirrorless question, Shealah Craighead and automation.

  • Zooming Into the Sun With Solar Orbiter presents the full Sun in unprecedented detail. Taken on 7 March as the spacecraft passed between the earth and the sun, the zoomable image contains over 83 million pixels in a 9148 x 9112 pixel grid, which is 10 times the resolution of a 4K TV screen. Proving sometimes it's not a bad idea to shoot into the sun.
  • In Your Camera Roll Contains a Masterpiece, Michael Johnston writes, "If you take enough photographs, it's almost inevitable that you'll eventually get an extraordinary one, for reasons you might not understand." The trouble is finding it among the others.
  • Derrick Story tries Mixing It Up With an Ultra Wide Lens. "For my coverage of the Sonoma Int. Film Festival, I packed an inexpensive Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 that's currently available for $219," he writes.
  • In My Missing Answer From Monday's Mirrorless Q&A, Scott Kelby adds one more question (and answer) to his Monday piece on mirrorless cameras. "Is it hard to learn the new mirrorless way of shooting?"
  • In She Took the White House Photos. Trump Moved to Take the Profit. (gift link), Eric Lipton and Maggie Haberman recount what happened to White House photographer Shealah Craighead's plan to publish a book of her images from that tenure. "That the profits from Craighead's labor are now going into Trump's pocket has left several of Trump's former aides upset -- but not exactly surprised," they write. Once a dirty double-crossing ex-president always a dirty double-crossing ex-president.
  • Let's start the month on a more productive tack. In The Real Reason to 'Learn to Code'? Automating Your Life, Clive Thompson, a tech writer, observes, "Computers are deathless obedient robots; they're more precise than we are, don't get bored as we do and can work to precise schedules (which we space out and forget). Getting them to do the scut work, whenever possible, lets you become the best kind of cyborg."

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