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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On The Seven Man Made Wonders of the World challenge (4 comments in total)

I've been to every single one of these places!

Regarding Yukatan. 1) You've spelt it wrong - should be Yucatan. 2) Yucatan is not a man-made wonder. It is a state in Mexico. There are some very nice ruins in Yucatan (e.g., Palenque, Chitzen Itza), but Yucatan itself is not a man-made wonder.

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Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 03:24 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On -Made in America- (Full Colours Only) challenge (15 comments in total)
In reply to:

gerry328: An iPad is US-branded but manufacturing is subcontracted in China, does it qualify?

Conan: Don't forget that there are dozens of countries in America - USA is only one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 00:13 UTC

Nice shot. I knocked you down half a point for not writing a proper title.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:37 UTC as 1st comment

That's a beauty, mate. Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On The Seven Natural Wonders of the World challenge (10 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Having been to Rio de Janeiro and Victoria Falls, there is no way I would consider them to be among the world's greatest natural wonders. Still, it should be an interesting challenge.

I think the list given above comes from Wikipedia. Wildbegonia: I agree with you about Iguazu being the world's greatest waterfall - I visited it in 2010, and then last year I visited Victoria Falls. No contest! I think that if I were to compile a "7 Wonders" list from places I've been to I would have Iguazu Falls, Halong Bay and Perito Moreno Glacier on there. But that's just me ...

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:28 UTC
On -Made in America- (Full Colours Only) challenge (15 comments in total)
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c76plus: A product made in any of the 53 countries recognized in America?

c76plus: America comprises the two continents of North America and South America. You can enter photos from any country that is part of those two continents.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Head-On Of Bee in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice shot, bro - I shoot macro myself, and I know how difficult it is to nail these photos.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 09:50 UTC as 6th comment
On Bisheh Waterfall in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

That's a beauty, mate.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 09:47 UTC as 1st comment
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Pallke: This is very useful for morons that protect their costly lenses by filters and deteriorates the optical quality...

Pallke: For a guy who said he was going to sign off several posts ago, you sure do a lot of talking. Theoretically, there is some merit to what you say. In practice, there isn't.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
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Pallke: This is very useful for morons that protect their costly lenses by filters and deteriorates the optical quality...

0MitchAG: You would think so, wouldn't you? But that is not always the case. I shoot with Micro Four Thirds lenses, and one of the major manufacturers (Panasonic) does not coat its lenses to remove purple flare. A lot of people are using filters on the Panasonics to remove the flare, even using complicated mods on the 7-14, which doesn't normally take filters.

Also, I recently did a sharpness test with one of my Olympus lenses (the 75-300 II) and it was SHARPER with a B+W MCR Nano UV filter attached than it was with the filter removed!

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 15:01 UTC
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Ednaz: As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

I get no artefacts or flare of any kind with the B+W MRC and nano-coated filters, even shooting into the sun - and I've tested them plenty of times.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On The Seven Natural Wonders of the World challenge (10 comments in total)

Having been to Rio de Janeiro and Victoria Falls, there is no way I would consider them to be among the world's greatest natural wonders. Still, it should be an interesting challenge.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 1st comment | 5 replies
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: Street photography in Marrakesh is one thing, they've been saturated with tourism for 50 years or more - you might get a shockingly different reaction if you tried it in Fez.

I've shot street in Marrakesh and Fez. No difference, really.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 01:14 UTC
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vroy: This is very useful for morons that wouldn't protect their costly lenses by filters.

I use UV filters on my expensive glass, but not on my kit lenses. A few months ago, a filter saved the front element of a $600 lens. So that's pretty much justified all the coin I've ever spent on filters, and then some. The best thing about filters is that they keep the coatings on your front element pristine - worth it when the time comes to sell.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
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Ednaz: As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

... oh, I see HowaboutRAW beat me to it.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
In reply to:

Ednaz: As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

Dude, with a track history like that I think you might need to revisit the anti-filter stance. Protect your front elements with B+W MRC Nano filters and they'll repel anything nature can throw at it (Nikon's fancy-pants "fluorine" thing is no better than some filter coatings already on the market).

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: They've really nailed the features on this - I certainly prefer 24-70 to 28-100, as I like to shoot landscapes. Managing to cram in a tilting screen and EVF is just awesome. I think the main competition for this camera is actually the interchangeable-lens Panasonic GM1, which comes with a nice little 24-64 equivalent lens, and probably offers much better image quality than the little Sony. Still, the Sony has an EVF, and the Panny doesn't.

Yeah, fair comments guys except for one thing - I did a direct comparison on DPReview's comparative rubric thingy and to my eye the GM1 produced much better images. The RX100 smeared away lots of the detail. Having said that, it was the GM1 versus RX100 I or II version. We haven't seen the results from the RX100 III yet.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 16:31 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

They've really nailed the features on this - I certainly prefer 24-70 to 28-100, as I like to shoot landscapes. Managing to cram in a tilting screen and EVF is just awesome. I think the main competition for this camera is actually the interchangeable-lens Panasonic GM1, which comes with a nice little 24-64 equivalent lens, and probably offers much better image quality than the little Sony. Still, the Sony has an EVF, and the Panny doesn't.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 04:56 UTC as 749th comment | 4 replies
On _MG_6248 in the Bodyscape challenge (1 comment in total)

A beautiful image.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 12:54 UTC as 1st comment
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Great shots!

... Hmm. After reading some of the links below, I must admit that I'm a bit disturbed. Firstly, by the ethics of harming animals to make an image. Secondly, by the ethics of lying about the circumstances in which the photos were taken. I would like to add my voice to that of some other commenters - DPReview, I think you should remove these photos from your site.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
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