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

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KL Matt: Hire a native speaker (of English!) to translate your press releases Panasonic, this is embarrassing.

Yes, it's lazy journalism. Dpreview should at least make an effort to write a story, even if it's mostly just based on the press release.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:07 UTC
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NZ Scott: The tone of dpreview's link sounds rather disapproving and a little bit high-and-mighty.

If a photography news website manages to get its hands on a pre-production lens and get some images with it then I say good on them.

That's what good journalism is all about.

Rad: I'm fully aware of what the term "news embargo" means, as I am a journalist by trade. There is much discussion in the world of journalism as to whether or not news embargoes should be honoured. Newspapers that I have worked at will break embargoes in some circumstances. For example, if a news outlet has no other source than the official one then they will generally honour an embargo. However, if they manage to obtain information (or,in this case, a lens) from a non-official source then many of them will break the embargo, citing third-party sources.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 10:59 UTC

The tone of dpreview's link sounds rather disapproving and a little bit high-and-mighty.

If a photography news website manages to get its hands on a pre-production lens and get some images with it then I say good on them.

That's what good journalism is all about.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 06:13 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Red Shouldered Hawk 2 in the My best picture ever ! challenge (7 comments in total)

Sweet

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 02:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On Hands Lifted in Prayer or Worship challenge (2 comments in total)

Your description says "connecting with god", but what if they are not praying to god or worshipping god? They could be worshipping some other deity (eg. Ganesh, Ra, Earth Mother). Is that okay?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On A Thorny Path in the Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids challenge (3 comments in total)
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merops: Loved this.

Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 02:18 UTC
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Antonio Rojilla: So more or less a Sony NEX-3N clone with a worse sensor. Way to go Panasonic. The only thing they have is more lenses, but you know, most people buying this camera won't ever bother to put on it anything but the kit lens.

I've got 8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, ranging from 7mm fisheye to 300mm telephoto.

Can Sony NEX match that?

Nope.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 07:25 UTC
On Movement - Animals challenge (10 comments in total)

Tried to enter but it keeps saying "missing or invalid capture date" and when I type in the date it won't accept it.

Might have to sit this one out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2013 at 08:53 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Lookin' vicious in the The World of Cats & Dogs challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautiful cats.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2013 at 05:33 UTC as 1st comment
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tonywong: I really think you guys need to do a 'behind-the-scenes' look at how your in-depth reviews are created and performed. Just wanted to put this in before the usual complaints are fielded.

I think there'd be value in seeing how many hours and work goes into a product that is ostensibly released for 'free.'

I also think it would be interested to see how Dpreview does its reviews.

It's a bit simplistic to say that it's "free" though.

Dpreview is a company that makes profit by selling advertising and links. It attracts web traffic by attracting web-users with products (eg: reviews) and services (eg: forums).

Web-users do not pay money, but they do pay with their time. If Dpreview's products and services are not worthy of their time-payment, then the web-users will go elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 09:31 UTC
On Natural Water in the Water in Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

This is nicely composed and shot, but to be honest I think it looks oversaturated and oversharpened - a bit like an HDR shot. Of course, this is a matter of taste, but I think I'd like the photo more if the processing was dialed back a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:24 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

A good story and a great photo. I love the way the dust captures life and the movement of the players. Every one of the participants helps to make the shot. The ball is perfectly placed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:35 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)

A great article with lots of fascinating insights. The interviewer did a good job preparing his/her questions. I would like to see more articles like this.

I find it interesting that, when these guys are talking about their fancy new cameras, neither of them mentions image quality much. Both men are generally much more concerned about focusing speed, ergonomics and workflow. Something for all of us to remember as we argue about which sensor produces slightly less noise at ISO 3200.

A note for Dpreview: Please stop using exclamation marks in your articles. I saw four in this piece. It is unprofessional and looks childish. No serious publication allows exclamation marks to creep into their copy. I realise that the two men were probably interviewed by email, but you do have the power to edit the punctuation in their comments.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 03:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies
On Malaysia - Hindu Girl in the Photojournalism Steve McCurry style. challenge (3 comments in total)

It looks okay in colour but the black and white conversion really brings out her eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 00:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

Well, congratulations on your 130th place. It's clear that many people agree with you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:22 UTC
On A (Fish) Eye on Man challenge (3 comments in total)

That sucks about EXIF. The most popular fisheye for Micro Four Thirds doesn't embed EXIF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 09:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Happy Potter in the A story behind: Peoples life challenge (6 comments in total)

A striking shot. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 05:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review article (546 comments in total)

Yet another awesome camera that I can't afford.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 07:45 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

I would say that America overcomes its vicissitudes by force of arms, rather than by "freedom".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:28 UTC
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: I don't understand what a flag has to do with freedom.

I didn't realise that America invented the English language (England), computers (Greece) or the suit (Europe). Nor did I realise that those things were evidence that the US flag was flown "throughout the world" to represent a set of ideals. Perhaps I should have gone to an American school. Thank you for the history lesson.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:26 UTC
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