NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand
Works as a Hiker, writer, educator, photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand and later a communications and language specialist based in South Korea and Malaysia. After a 10 year working holiday, during which I backpacked through 75 countries on six continents, I am currently hiking the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

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On photo Long exposure with light painting in the Light trails challenge (1 comment in total)

Beautiful

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 13:44 UTC as 1st comment

Awesome photos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2015 at 15:21 UTC as 30th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Gene Smirnov (50 comments in total)

Some great shots in there - number 5 really stands out for me because the photo has real depth and captures a lovely moment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2015 at 09:58 UTC as 11th comment
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NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

Feedback from readers is important - it helps media outlets improve their future offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
In reply to:

NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

Ignore this

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 03:18 UTC
In reply to:

NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

JimW-203:

I am fully aware of the differences between PR and journalism, as I am myself a journalist.

PR is the responsibility of Sony, and journalism is the responsibility of Dpreview.

Sony presumably issued a press release with the Nikon brand omitted. This is perfectly normal. However, a press release is merely a starting point for a journalist, whose job it is to use the release as a basis for a story by doing further interviews and research.

The story is bylined to Dpreview staffer "Allison Johnson". It was her job as a journalist to fill in the gaps omitted by Sony in its press release.

It's true that some people in these comments have stated that they find the gear to be irrelevant. However, a lot of people have also stated that they would have liked to know about the gear. Dpreview should have included details of the gear for those who are interested.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 03:04 UTC
On article Panasonic confirms Lumix G 25mm F1.7 (206 comments in total)
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happypoppeye: Would probably still buy the 25 f/1.4.

Jun2:

No, there is one stop of difference between f/1.4 and f/2.0.

There is 1/2 stop of difference between f/1.4 and f/1.7.

S

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 03:00 UTC

Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 01:53 UTC as 20th comment | 8 replies
On article Panasonic confirms Lumix G 25mm F1.7 (206 comments in total)
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happypoppeye: Would probably still buy the 25 f/1.4.

MayaTlab0:

It's not 1/3 stop.

It's 1/2 stop.

S

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 01:24 UTC

Nice work.

I'm going to be hiking past this church early next year, and will use your photo as an inspiration for my own.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:50 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Night at McWay Falls, Big Sur in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (12 comments in total)

Very nice.

Was this a single frame?

Also, have you cropped this at all (I'm going to be shooting astro at 35mm-equivalent later this year)?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:37 UTC as 2nd comment
On ChallengeEntry:929953 (9 comments in total)

A very nice shot - well done.

The depth of field is about right for my taste.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Oriental Pied Hornbill in the Avians up close and personal challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 23:37 UTC as 1st comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap (60 comments in total)
In reply to:

NZ Scott: Nice photos!

I've hiked this region (Tongariro Circuit) before and will do so again in a couple of months' time. Like Zhi Yuen Yap, I will be carrying Micro Four Thirds gear (GM5, 12-32, 35-100 and 17/1.8).

If I can get shots anything like as good as these, then I will be happy.

Well, especially at base ISO there is practically nothing between M43 and APS-C. It's difficult in many cases even to tell the difference between those sensors and full-frame when shooting stopped down at low ISO outdoors.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 07:01 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap (60 comments in total)

Nice photos!

I've hiked this region (Tongariro Circuit) before and will do so again in a couple of months' time. Like Zhi Yuen Yap, I will be carrying Micro Four Thirds gear (GM5, 12-32, 35-100 and 17/1.8).

If I can get shots anything like as good as these, then I will be happy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2015 at 08:09 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

Insanely expensive, yes - but Gitzos are very good tripods for heavy users / professionals / rich people.

If you don't want to drop that much coin there are excellent carbon fibre tripods available for a fraction of the price. Sirui is one such brand. For the past few years I've been using a Sirui T-1204x, which is basically a miniaturised Gitzo Traveller, and it's an awesome tripod. I use it with a Photo Clam PC-33 ballhead, which is itself a miniaturised and improved Markins.

This combo is ideal for mirrorless cameras, as even the smallest Gitzo Travellers are overkill for all but the longest telephotos when mounted on CSCs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 03:41 UTC as 5th comment
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (290 comments in total)

Interesting!

Thanks for posting, Dpreview.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 02:11 UTC as 30th comment
On article War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road (54 comments in total)

I found the film to be boring, but still technically impressive.

Thanks, Dpreview, for this insight into the filming and editing process.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Football Action in the Rugby shots - Full color challenge (1 comment in total)

This is soccer - not rugby.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Surfing dolphins in the Mammals up close and personal challenge (9 comments in total)

Cool shot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 5th comment
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