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 Two for One in Nature challenge (4 comments in total)

Can one of the animals be human?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:45 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On First light at Cairn Curran in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice tones in this shot. Could easily have been a first-place-getter.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Song: Heaven challenge (2 comments in total)

It's also a song by Talking Heads. Rather a good one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On Jirisan in Fall in the Large Aperture challenge (3 comments in total)

Nice shot. Reminds me of the scenery around Geumgangsan, in North Korea.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 07:21 UTC as 1st comment

I took a shot from exactly the same position (yours is better).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 05:15 UTC as 1st comment
On 20110119_3847NikB&WII in the My Best Photo Ever!! challenge (2 comments in total)

Really nice tones. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Elephants And Insects in the Botswana & Namibia: Non-Portraits challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, friend.

To be honest, it was a fluke. I was forced into a long exposure by the dark conditions, and the insect-trails were a surprise.

S

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 09:58 UTC as 1st comment
On After The Kill in the Eastern Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

...oops, the lens was not the 75-300. It was the 12/2.0.

Apologies.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 09:06 UTC as 1st comment
On stairs in the The Shadow Knows challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautiful - a deserved win (from the second-place getter).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 09:04 UTC as 1st comment
On When Lions Attack in the Eastern Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)

Petewill: Yes, it was pretty disturbing the way it unfolded. The herd was not in a position to help (too far away), but at a certain point the buffalo was indeed surrounded by vehicles. The drivers are not allowed to take their vehicles off the road, but in this case the buffalo ran towards the road (and the vehicles) - possibly because it mistook them for its herd. The vehicles backed away, but they ended up forming a circle around the animals, kind of like a "coliseum of cars".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 02:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On Maasai Merchant in the Eastern Africa: Their People challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks guys!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:32 UTC as 1st comment
On 20140102-_m5b8792 in the Downtown Outdoors challenge (9 comments in total)

Good stuff, Bob!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:31 UTC as 1st comment
On When Lions Attack in the Eastern Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)

Thanks for the kind words.

Believe it or not, the buffalo survived. After a 40-minute fight, all 11 lions ran out of puff and lay down to rest. The buffalo trundled off to rejoin its herd.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 00:11 UTC as 4th comment
On What Friends Are For in the Horn of Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (2 comments in total)

It had a red and yellow bill - red on the tip, yellow nearer the face.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 00:28 UTC as 1st comment
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NZ Scott: I find it disquieting that photographers for the world's biggest camera review website can't take a decent head-and-shoulders pic. The background in the above pic is just awful. I used to be a newspaper journalist, and if any of our photogs came back with a shot like that they would be ... well, they would be shot. It doesn't do much for the credibility of dpreview.com that their photographers can't take photos and they consistently block/shut down threads that criticise their favourite brands.

jkoch2: I wasn't talking about that photo. I was talking about the mugshot at the top.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 01:48 UTC

I find it disquieting that photographers for the world's biggest camera review website can't take a decent head-and-shoulders pic. The background in the above pic is just awful. I used to be a newspaper journalist, and if any of our photogs came back with a shot like that they would be ... well, they would be shot. It doesn't do much for the credibility of dpreview.com that their photographers can't take photos and they consistently block/shut down threads that criticise their favourite brands.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 09:18 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Kund: Can someone plz explain what does "push the envelope" mean, for the non native English speakers?

It's basically just a meaningless business-speak term for trying to improve in various ways. You're not missing anything by not understanding it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:06 UTC

Great shot, and nicely processed. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 01:39 UTC as 5th comment

NO!

No filter thread on the new 7-14 ...

That means I can't buy it. I'll have to get a 9-18 instead, which doesn't go wide enough for me.

Sony's NEX system has an ultrawide starting at 15mm (ff equivalent) that takes filters and only weighs a couple of hundred grams.

Why can't Oly/Panny do the same?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies
On 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed article (66 comments in total)

Some great shots in there, but also some some that are either weak or cliched, namely:

Numbers 3 and 7 are average shots that I would certainly not rank among the best shots of the year.

Numbers 8 and 10 are great shots, but are cliched. I have seen similar shots of the same subjects before as finalists in photo competitions. The buffalo race is a perenial favourite among action phogographers, and a photo of the Indian bridge won a competition a year or two ago.

S.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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