NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Malaysia, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Communications Consultant
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand. I now train English-language teachers in Malaysia - using school holidays for traveling, writing novels/short stories, playing chess and taking photographs.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

Comments

Total: 405, showing: 181 – 200
« First‹ Previous89101112Next ›Last »

Peiasdf:

I'm sure you're correct.

The 1.8 is superior in every way except for two - it's slightly bigger and it's quite a lot more expensive.

It's probably also losing a lot of sales to the Panny 20/1.7, which is also a pancake.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 14:52 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Milford Sound in the New Zealand: Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice. I still haven't been to Milford Sound. One day ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 04:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On Door Ajar challenge (3 comments in total)

I've just looked at 12 of the challenge entries and of those only 4 showed an ajar door!

In the other photos, some showed no door at all - just an arch in one instance and in another instance the door had actually been removed entirely and placed against a wall. In other cases the door was completely open or almost completely open.

For non-English speakers entering this challenge, you should note that "ajar" means "slightly open". So you should show a door that is only open a little bit - maybe 20 per cent open or just showing a crack of light coming through or something like that.

S

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On Eastern State Penitentiary in the Door Ajar challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a really nice photo, but the door is not "ajar" - it has been removed and placed against a wall.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:40 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_2445 in the Door Ajar challenge (1 comment in total)

A nice photo, but this door is not ajar - it is open.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Behind the Shot: Dark Matter article (52 comments in total)

A great article.

One question - where was your focal point?

S

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Tikal, main plaza in the Ancient Ruins challenge (2 comments in total)

This pic will probably be disqualified, as it doesn't date from "BC".

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 23:57 UTC as 1st comment
On Ancient Ruins challenge (3 comments in total)

A lot of these entries are not from the BC (before Christ?) era. For example, the shots from Palenque and Chitzen Itza. I wanted to enter a shot from Angkor, but did not because it is only 1000 years old.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 00:57 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Parachutes challenge (2 comments in total)
In reply to:

PaulChapman: "Parachutes" it says....and then "opens in two days"....well, I'm not buying one of those thank you very much.....

Good one, Paul!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 01:13 UTC
On Ready, Steady, GO!!! in the The World of Sweets challenge (3 comments in total)

Nicely lit.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 01:12 UTC as 2nd comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

Fantastic tutorial, thank you. I've been meaning to train myself in the use of the gradient tool for some time now - and this is tremendously helpful.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:24 UTC as 22nd comment
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
In reply to:

onlooker: > Photographers with larger hands may also find the ergonomics
> of the E-PL5 a better fit than the decidedly 'Mini' E-PM2

Hm. Camerasize shows they are practically identical in size:

http://camerasize.com/compare/#387,382

If you look at the back, I can't see what E-PL5 offers that is more ergonomic to people with large hands (and I am interested because I do have large hands).

I have the MCG-2 mounted on my E-P3. I was unable to buy one for less that USD $50. Quite a lot of money for a small piece of plastic and rubber. The grip certainly improves handling, but (like many Olympus accessories, including their "optional" lens hoods) it is an enormous ripoff.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peiasdf: "The E-PM2 and E-PL5 borrow the Olympus OM-D E-M5's proven 16MP CMOS sensor, a class-leader in image quality"
What class is that? m4/3? That's a class of two. EVIL/mirrorless? It is better than Fuji and NEX?

Why this review reads like company press release with the overuse of hyperboles?

Dpreview writers have a tendency to parrot phrases from press releases. Yesterday they said that flickr's website was "all new" after its recent tweaks. Having said that, the OM-D's sensor is highly regarded.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:08 UTC

It's not "all-new". It's just a revamp. Yet another example of dpreview parroting press release jargon.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 02:30 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
On Early morning silence. in the Silence challenge (3 comments in total)

Moody. Good shot.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 1st comment
On Lonely moon in the Silence challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 8th comment
On Kid's Birthday Parties challenge (1 comment in total)

Your apostrophe is in the wrong place.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 1st comment

Sweet shot.

Is this HDR?

Did you use a grad filter?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 03:25 UTC as 3rd comment
On Home-made CSC bag in the My Camera Bag! (Capture Date Rule) challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice looking bag!

I've thought about making my own as well, but can't use a sewing machine.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 02:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peiasdf: A well put together camera but raises the question why is it the same price as X-E1 yet doesn't come with EVF. Fuji is going for the premium market and have the fast lens lineup to back it up. Very few m4/3 lenses are as fast and as well put together as X lenses yet Olympus feel they should be more premium than Fuji.

Even compares with E-P5's predecessor E-P3, E-P5 is $100 more and without a kit lens. I mentioned in another comment that E-P3 was already overpriced compares with the existing E-PL2 and co-announced E-PL3. Olympus just outdone itself again. The most expensive system camera outside of Leica.

Naveed: It's not $100 more than the E-P3, because the E-P3 price included a lens. The $1000 E-P5 price is body-only.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:30 UTC
Total: 405, showing: 181 – 200
« First‹ Previous89101112Next ›Last »