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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Question for Creative Cloud users: If you don't have an internet connection, does Creative Cloud still work?

I ask this question because I'm often without internet when travelling - sometimes for days and days at a time.

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Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 08:18 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
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Paul Grupp: Any serious hobbyist or professional who thinks that it's worth switching to another platform just because Adobe rents a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom for a measly $9.95/month is either just playing around or being flat-out unrealistic. I get it -- some of us would prefer to own the software. Well, that's not on the table. The question is, if you are serious, is $9.95 a month really burdensome? Not even close. And if you have invested hundreds, maybe thousands of hours in learning the ins and outs of Adobe products, switching to something else because you think $9.95 is too much to pay is being penny smart and pound foolish.

Yes, and there are also photographers like myself who might shoot 3000 images one month and 0 the next, making that month's rental superfluous.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 07:57 UTC
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Hugo808: Great to see these photo's. Would love to visit North Korea.

I wasn't escorted, but I was restricted to a particular area and most locals I met refused to be photographed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 00:33 UTC

I enjoyed reading this, but unfortunately I could not find any of the promised tips for "travelling light".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 18th comment
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tinternaut: A very nice, varied set. Wondering if the photographer got special permission to bring his big lenses into North Korea (I hear they're funny about anything over 150mm).

They're funny about ANY lenses. All officials point-blank refused to be photographed when I visited. I'm surprised this traffic lady agreed to be shot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 14:34 UTC
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Hugo808: Great to see these photo's. Would love to visit North Korea.

I visited North Korea a few years ago. It was a very strange place.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 14:32 UTC
On Petra--the Monastery site in the Petra, Jordan challenge (2 comments in total)

Weegee: It's more to do with the time of the day, I think, rather than the season. It's best to avoid the middle of the day when the light is falling directly on the treasury (even though some guidebooks suggest midday).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 04:28 UTC as 1st comment
On -Imigrant - (Portraits in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (13 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I had a photo disqualified without explanation - rather disappointing.

Well, he looked like an adult to me. He was at least 18-20 years old.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On -Imigrant - (Portraits in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (13 comments in total)

I had a photo disqualified without explanation - rather disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 14:33 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On Back in 'Nam in the Neo-noir challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, Upuaut!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Te Anau New Zealand in the I love my living place challenge (3 comments in total)

Chur, making me homesick!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 09:54 UTC as 2nd comment

If the Panasonic 42.5/1.7's optical quality matches the Olympus 45/1.8, then it will offer a compelling alternative because of its image stabilisation, slightly brighter aperture and (most importantly of all) its closer focusing distance.

However, there is one key question: How much does the Panasonic weigh?

I haven't seen specs anywhere.

UPDATE: It's 130g and 50mm long versus the Oly's 116g and 46mm, so only a slight size/weight penalty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:55 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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KevinSB: these are not drones.. They are quad copters !!

These things are drones.

DJI markets itself as "DJI - The World Leader in Camera Drones"

Oxford Dictionary also states the following:

"Drone (noun) A remote-controlled pilotless aircraft or missile."

Clearly, these things fit that definition.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)

Canon's missed the boat here by making the camera too large, but it does look like it has a nice grip, well-placed shutter release button and an on-off button that is easily reached with the right index finger. Hopefully, Olympus will take note of all three of those features.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:24 UTC as 79th comment | 3 replies
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: "At first glance, the EOS M3 is everything we wanted the original M and M2 to be. "

What a curious statement, given the fact that the M2 is almost non-existent, as far as DPR is concerned.

I have told you before and I hope the M3 now makes you fully realize it.

Situations like the M2 and M3 are bound to multiply in the future as brands continue to amplify the current sub-segmentation trend and end up deciding not to release certain models in certain markets.

DPR has to decide very quickly if, editorially-wise, it wants to just be a North American site or a true global one.

On the other hand, DPreview is quite heavy-handed in its censorship of the discussion forums, and that kind of behaviour is more American than English.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:19 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)
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MPA1: So where is it going if not the USA?

Apparently, there are some other countries in the world other than the US and A.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:05 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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mdbinasif: Second last position allowed. If last positioned user has withdrawn his/her entry?

Maybe you should change the name of the challenge then?

It's very confusing for the rules to be changed in the comments section, where many people won't see them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 02:08 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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mdbinasif: Second last position allowed. If last positioned user has withdrawn his/her entry?

upuaut: I don't understand your comment. Are you changing your challenge from "Last Position" to "One of the Last Three Positions?"

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:54 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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J Mountford: I've got a few that got very close to last place, I was thinking instead of dead last, the last 10% of entries?

No, the host has stated clearly that it must have come last.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:52 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)

So in other words, we give high votes to images that look great, and which we think don't deserve a last placing?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:38 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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