Alley in Pisa, Italy

by Lars Kotthoff

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

13,920 reputation
1644
bio website j.mp/NZPHOTOS
location Auckland, New Zealand
age
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen 2 mins ago

Electronic designer. Professional Engineer. Oldish aka "reasonably experienced" :-).
Contact - apptechnz gmail com <- you know the drill.
Tel: +64 9 837 2999 gmt+13

Special interest in technological solutions for developing country applications. Extensive in-China experience in product development & manufacturing in China.

Jack of all trades, Master of Electrical engineering. (aka ME (elec)) Interested in all aspects of modern technology. Professional qualifications in electrical engineering but practically proficient or conversant in many peripheral areas.

Recent extensive experience in solar powered LED lighting development and manufacturing in China for markets worldwide.

"Servant of the Most High God" / committed Christian. Happy to work enthusiastically and interact amicably with people of all nationalities and creeds.

Married with 2 adult children.

Obsessional photographer.


Apr
19
comment What kind of lighting do I need for a halo portrait?
One aspect only: If you are trying to do this 'in the field' with minimal equipment then fill flash will help to independently control face brightness. Relative flash to ambient exposure can often be selected but range may not be enough. Flash set to manual allows more range. You can add a diffuser to flash if necessary to get even less light.
Apr
18
comment How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?
FWIW free Irfanview does RAW conversion.
Apr
17
answered Camera selection for model airplane
Apr
11
awarded  Excavator
Apr
11
revised Without modification, is the built-in pop-up flash EVER appropriate?
Minor typo
Apr
11
comment What Will Make Me Buy the D800 over DF if the former is cheaper?
DF/D800: No video/video.| DF has best low light performance of any 35mm camera ever sold. Unlike the D600/D800 the actual sensor noise per pixel is lower than for a D700. BUT many other factors too.
Apr
11
answered How to get clarity picture from existing picture?
Mar
3
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@ClaraOnager - I'll admit to being quietly amazed at your comment about the sheer level of comments "showing the badness". Did you READ the comments? Yes, there are numerous negative ones - (one person went to every answer and made comment to help keep the -ve count up :-) ) , but there also many useful ones which have helped me substantially and which will help some other people too. I think all the answers are useful and there are 40+ upvotes on them as I write this. Apparently your expectations of a 10k user (or 13k6 fwiw :-) ) is not quite the same as everyone else's.
Mar
2
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
Update: Pretty sad really. I see the downvotes slowly growing. And this has been a very worthwhile exercise for me. And ultimately will quite likely be useful for others. But it is slowly going +3/-4, +3/-5 ... and soon enough it will die. Which is sad as WHILE the various comments have been valuable and useful and largely enough correct AND have added some guidance, they have not reflected reality as I have managed to experience it. I think :-). Hearing the whole story when it can be told better is likely to be of use to others, but, by then it will probably be gone. A loss to others.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
I seem to have obtained the access I desired - now I just need to present it succinctly and cogently and we'll see how it goes. I'm in the midst of writing it up 'formally' but had an occasion to outline it informally "off the cuff" in private to a friend and saw how badly I can manage to summarise it without much effort. So, care required, but ...
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
I do 'like' the way jwenting has gone around many of the answers dropping in the same negative comment in slightly altered form. More into will be provided when it's 'safe' to do so.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... ignoring the many peripheral ones. I "invented" the Sony SLT on paper in 2003 after buying a superb Minolta 7Hi and realising where SLRs would go. It took Sony a few more years to buy Minolta and follow me :-). I watch camera interfaces and note how people are thrashing around to and from without making quantum leaps in control methodology. The time has come :-). The way the world works is the best I will achieve is to point to this thread and say that I almost managed to be 1st. No prize for2nd.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@jwenting - Twice? Dozens of times :-). The drier was obvious but useful. I didn't have internet search then. I Ps the rocket pump so did not seek to gain from it. That my "wheel" was essentially in tie sync with Macdonnell Douglas leaves a fairly good feeling. I saw (really stupid) a loophole in their patent that would allow me to bypass it totally - not of interest. | BUT I started with a Box Brownie 50 years ago :-). I bought an SRT303B thereby more or less welding myself decades later to Sony (due to A mount lenses - as happens). I've had about 9 digital cameras in a row ....
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... they read my brain (It did cause another company to take urgent steps to do damage control re my disclosure)(They since got a NASA contract to develop it). And ... . None of this is stunning. 'It steam engines come steam engine time' and if one has many dozens of ideas on file some will get preempted by others and found to be commercial. The trick is picking the good ones.I have a few more that I'm trying to do similar with (know anyone high up atr Honda ? :-) ). We'll see.
Feb
28
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
@Jwenting - :-) . I'll bite my tongue for now. I've even deleted the sentence I just wrote here that may have been 'just that bit too much'. Suffice it to say that I'm sure that if I can get Phil Molyneaux (specifically) to look at it for 5 to 10 minutes 'we'll be off'. | FWIW I 'invented' the condensing clothes dryer - unaware they had been in use in Europe for many decades. One day a rocket will go to orbit using an ultra cheap turbopump replacement that I public domained the concept for - unaware that Macdonnell Douglas had a then undisclosed patent in the pipeline that reads like ....
Feb
28
revised How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
added 1722 characters in body
Feb
28
revised How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
added 1722 characters in body
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... Then there is the walking thingy I want to persuade Honda that they want to know about :-) [That being one of the areas they like to play in]. Then ... :-. TBD. | Camera patent will hopefully be filed 'about now'. We'll go from there.
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
See comments I've placed on my question. I agree with all you've said more or less. But I'll not be doing it the "logical" way. Too much to do, not enough life available. Off to India in 8 days and another major proposal to get in plus getting ready. Agh ... ie I need to find a way past the months and years inertia of "the system". I need 5 to 10 minutes of PM's time. No more than 5 if I must. REally clunky software emulation is a good start but best is just holding a camera and describing how it would work. 'You'll see' :-) | ....
Feb
27
comment How can I get the top people of a camera brand to listen to a design idea I have?
... my paper designs for this next great leap to be what drives reality and not wait for someone else to do it :-).