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7 October 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 Cuba after Ian, Chris Floyd, Sankardeep Chakraborty, distortion and nefarious image scanning.

  • Andrea Rodri╠üguez reports Ten Days Later, Cubans Still Recovering from Hurricane Ian. "The destruction from Ian has piled onto the hardship of people who had already been suffering through scarcity and shortages in recent years," she writes. Photos by Ramon Espinosa accompany the piece.
  • Portraits by Chris Floyd features images by the celebrated British photographer from his new book Not Just Pictures.
  • In A Celebration of Light in Black and White, Joanna Cresswell presents the monochrome images of Sankardeep Chakraborty, who walks about 12 miles each time he wants to shoot in the streets of his adopted home of Japan. Spooky enough for October, too.
  • Jim Kasson tests Fujifilm 20-35/4 GF Distortion. "This being a thoroughly modern lens on an equally-modern camera, there are two kinds of distortion to consider," he writes. "The first is the distortion the lens produces on the sensor and the second is what you see after the distortion has been corrected automagically in your Raw developer." Nice, tidy explanation follows.
  • Howard Oakley asks, Is Apple Scanning the Images on My Mac? "As far as I know, Apple operates only one scheme in which it gets copies of your own images and that's a voluntary scheme to improve image coverage in Maps, which I suspect you're not even aware of," he writes.

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