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bio website j.mp/NZPHOTOS
location Auckland, New Zealand
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Contact - apptechnz at gmail com <- you know the drill.

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.


May
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answered Issues in long exposure photography
May
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comment Image Viewer With with Exif
@Arkanon - I don't rate out of N but none have a perfect score.| Rating scheme(s) that count most are: (1) Photos I've taken that I like a lot. (2) Photos from 1. that other people like. (3) MAYBE some photos from 2. that are not in 1. | When the bride / person turned 21 / similar keeps saying "The photos are fantastic" I feel I may be winning. (Not TOO common. Twice lately. Happenstace) |My perhaps most 'popular' photo, that I like but am surprised at the reaction to, is of Kangaroos. My (arguably) all time favourite photo would be passed by by most and I'm not 100% sure why I rate it so.
May
15
comment Image Viewer With with Exif
... files. Works. Lose about nothing (as far as I know :-) ) so far in 15 years and can find almost any photo or event I can remember a small amount about. (Meaningful naming of folders plus a few seed long named photos helps). Works for me. Better exists.
May
15
comment Image Viewer With with Exif
@SailorCire That was meant to obscure other stuff - not to provide information :-). 33TB + a small SSD. Photos the main size driver. "With great difficulty". Currently rationalising usage with smaller older drives being slowly combined onto larger ones. Mix of 1 1.5 2 3 4 TB. NO formal mirroring. At least two copies of historically stable folders (usually more) on separate drives. One or more mirrors of annual or semi annual folders of by-event and by-date folders. | XXCOPY is your great friend! | Run an occasional index run over all photo folders to create about 500 GB searchable index ...
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comment Image Viewer With with Exif
@RomeoNinov This is certainly not a duplicate of the question referenced. The other asks how to view EXIF information. This asks how to do it persistently while stepping through photos. Some offerings do that very poorly or not at all. There are no doubt a number of good solutions and hearing of a few more would be useful. I went into the detail I did because it's only "trivially obious obvious in retrospect" and the options of customisable format or std screen on second monitor are both useful. I like the custom format as I can maximise readability know exactly where to look when scanning.
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May
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reviewed Leave Open Which color for a job interview portrait?
May
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May
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reviewed Leave Open What are some other terms for a 3/4 shot?
May
11
comment How do I get a two person portrait with the background blurred using a DSLR and 50mm f/1.8 lens?
There MUST be many existing answers on SE already and there are countless 1000's on the wbe. You can find calulators and formulae that give you depth of focus in given cases, but.| Set lens to f/1.8 for best result. Aperture priority or Manual mode allow this. (Auto modes will if you play with overall settings). Make distance tobackground : distance to subject ratio as great as you can (or accept what is available). Focus on subject. Go. | For abs best result focus short of subject as much as possible while having subject acceptably sharp. Usually DOF is too shallow to have any choice.
May
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answered Photographing Older Documents
Apr
29
comment Tamron 24-70mm 2.8f What is the best Canon to go with?
The DxO optics site allows you to obtain a list of key parameters and an overall figure of merit of a given lens with a range of bodies. I find/found some of their results somewhat surprising and (for me) somewhat unintuitive. Reading their rationale for their rating system is useful.
Apr
26
comment Is the Tamron 24-70mm a good wedding lens for a Canon 5DS r?
@TheoZ I used the lens as the main one at a wedding last weekend (25 April). Generally superb. Focusing speed was not quite as good in low light reception situations as I'd have liked - or as good as the most enthusiastic users had made me expect - and a 24-70 f/1.4 would occasionally be useful (dream on) BUT overall very very nice indeed. Focusing almost invariably good in actual service where light levels are higher that on dance floor or table situations. (Church was wholly artificially lit). (Having a Nikon D700 with a f/1.8 on my left hip meant a fallback was available - always helpful).
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comment Is the Tamron 24-70mm a good wedding lens for a Canon 5DS r?
Interestingly, the Tamron cost less here than in the US or even from ebay Hong Kong sellers. | Whether the Canon is worth the extra $450 would depend heavily on how much value people placed on the VC feature, which is of extreme importance to some people (including the OP, although for reasons which are deemed irrelevant in this forum :-) ). I'll add review links and a VC comment at the end of my answer.