NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a Hiker, writer, educator, photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand and later a communications and language specialist based in South Korea and Malaysia. After a 10 year working holiday, during which I backpacked through 75 countries on six continents, I through-hiked the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.

Currently living in Melbourne.

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I've been to 14 of these 18 countries, so I should be able to rustle something up ...

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:16 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

I'm a bit of a "terror tourist". I went to Egypt during the riots there a few years ago and was in southwestern China during the Tibetan uprising. I find the prices to be cheaper and there are very few other tourists around to get in the way. The main problem is attracting every tout and hawker within a 10km radius!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 04:58 UTC
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

Ah yes - Turkey is mentioned by name in the challenge rules.

Turkey is not normally considered part of the Middle East, and certainly not the part west of the Bosporus, but you're correct about the rules.

I lived and worked in Turkey for a while.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)

This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 1st comment | 4 replies
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)

Great stuff - thanks for sharing these insights.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 04:32 UTC as 43rd comment
On photo Back in 'Nam in the Down the alleyway challenge (3 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: very interesting. How are things there where you took the picture?

Vietnam's a great country to visit, so I would say that things are good.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 06:24 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)

A great first-person look at moving from stills to video photography.

I'm about to embark on this journey myself, so I appreciated the insights.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 06:33 UTC as 17th comment
On photo Riihisaari pPark in the Local Park challenge (2 comments in total)

Beautiful.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Natures Frame in the Local Park challenge (27 comments in total)

Lovely shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 17th comment
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (76 comments in total)

Wow - some cracking shots in there.

Proof once again that it's the photographer, rather than the camera, which determines the quality of a shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On photo Early breakfast in the More Food challenge (5 comments in total)

Really nice tones.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice. If your idea of a nice carbon tripod is a Chinese knock-off, the price will seem unimaginable. But if you're comparing to a really good tripod like Gitzo or RRS, this FLM looks quite reasonable. And unlike your camera, you don't replace your tripod every other year.

Gitzo has the worst customer service of any tripod brand. Good luck contacting anyone in their service team. On the other hand Sirui (Chinese brand) does actually bother to reply to customers. I know this from experience.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
On photo Hair in the Your City - City Dwellers challenge (2 comments in total)
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AdVeen: Location please?

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

Sure, George.

I use the Panasonic 7-14 for shooting landscapes, so f/2.8 is redundant for me given that it would mean carrying extra weight around for a lens that will be stopped down anyway. The Panny 7-14 does have outstanding image quality.

When I need speed I switch to the 12/2.0, but f/1.4 would be nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

...as is the Panasonic 7-14 f4.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 22:46 UTC
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gsergei: A thumb down for this lens at $1300us. Guessing it will cost @1700cad. I will continue using my Oly 12/2 and FT 11-22/2.8-3.5 on the EM-1. Panasonic people keep shooting themselves in the wallet by providing an aperture ring incompatible with the Olympus bodies. No, thanks.

Jonathan F/2: Maybe because it's a great lens? A non-functional aperture ring is no big deal, because most other lenses don't have them either.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)

Beautiful images, although it's hard to tell whether this is a result of a good camera or a good photographer.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (448 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks like a cool camera - but it's not the right piece of kit for me, as my Micro Four Thirds setup is smaller, lighter and cheaper.

However, I can see the appeal for consumer photographers who don't like changing lenses and who regularly shoot wildlife.

Well, I was referring to a Panasonic GM5 with 12-32 and 35-100. This setup costs and weighs less than half as much as the Sony and has better image quality (in my opinion).

Of course, the Sony has twice as much reach. One way to match the Sony would be to substitute the 40-150 for the 35-100. This weighs only an extra 70g, and because of the larger sensor you could crop it.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:07 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (448 comments in total)

Looks like a cool camera - but it's not the right piece of kit for me, as my Micro Four Thirds setup is smaller, lighter and cheaper.

However, I can see the appeal for consumer photographers who don't like changing lenses and who regularly shoot wildlife.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 72nd comment | 4 replies
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (448 comments in total)
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onlooker: It would have been nice for Sony to include faster, more direct way of selecting AF point, like a joystick. More cameras now include it, time for Sony to improve its ergonomics. And please, fanboys, do not bother extolling the virtues of up-down-left-up-right-up-left-whatever button pecking.

It's too cumbersome to rely on a smartphone with Wifi link to perform this basic function. The camera should have a touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
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