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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.


Mar
27
comment Help wanted re using Spyder2express calibrator with Windows 8
That conflicts with what I think I have learned so far: I downloaded the latest available Spyder2express Windows 64 bit driver driver from the manufacturer's website and the calibration procedure explicitly discussed contrast versus backlight control and gave instructions related to backlight equipped LCDs. | I have achieved a calibration result BUT I'm not sure (so far) how much what I've achieved is the result of the calibration and how much is my preparing for it - I'm still interested what other people have found and achieved.
Mar
26
comment How to ask a subject(person) to photograph them?
For people with bad self image (especially younger women who can have an incredibly unrealistic & low assessment of their photogenicity) I have occasionally told them I will delete the photo after taking it, regardless of how good they thought it was. And, I do. That crosses the otherwise uncrossable boundary for some. Next level up is telling people that you will delete the photo if they want you to after they have seen it. Again, some but not all find this works for them. Doing what you say is important.
Mar
26
comment How to ask a subject(person) to photograph them?
conveys intent and request well enough without common language. | The policeman in Tian an men square was aware but not necessarily overly willing - but knew he had no choice :-) - that's part of the disadvantages and advantages for policemen and tourists respectively in Tian an men square :-) (elsewhere in the city, things 'may be different').
Mar
26
comment How to ask a subject(person) to photograph them?
The links provided my Matt & Mike contain further links to other related pages. No one answer covers the subject but between them you get a good feel for what other people do. My answer in Matt's link contains a link to this album of photos I have taken of "Random Strangers". As will be seen, some are taken 'unawares' but the majority were taken with prior permission. As covered in more detail in my other answer, in a street situation, pointing the camera offline and waving it in the subjects general direction + a smile + general body language generally ....
Mar
26
comment Help wanted re using Spyder2express calibrator with Windows 8
@ConorBoyd - Can you advise where you got the drivers from - that being the main issue
Mar
26
comment What is a good focal length for street photography?
Interesting - somebody just downvoted this. Why would they?
Mar
6
comment Does the brand of the micro SD adapter matter?
I have found that adapters are more fragile than full size SD cards (and SD cards are also not immune to mechanical damage). | Lack of card size marking can be an issue if used other than temporarily. | Adapters may lose cards if not stored carefully enough. A small wrap of cellulose tape prevents this without making the card too large to fit.
Jan
30
comment Nikon d5100 producing extremely underexposed images
I was going to suggest cleaning the oil film off the lens (or mirror) but I don't know how it got there. But Mitch's suggestion sounds good - you weren't using an ND filter just before that , were you ? Or loaned your camera to somebody to try something. Or ... .
Jan
30
comment Nikon d5100 producing extremely underexposed images
Is this with more than one lens? If you have more than one, try several. | If you have only one and regardless, unseat lens and reseat several times. Lens to body contact issues can cause VERY strange problems. | If still no go the 99% chance it's dead. | Reset everything (as you have done). | On averagely lit say manually set to 100 ISO, f8,1/125th s. What do you get?
Jan
29
comment How to remove fog while shooting and during post-processing?
87% of all statistics are made up.
Jan
29
comment What is a second shooter supposed to do at a wedding?
Whatever you end up deciding, having it in writing may be useful [tm] - especially so if she seems to be limiting potential better outcomes. Being able to not have her say "you should have "..." can be useful. This is not just self protection - there may be unseen misunderstandings which explicit directions help to make visible. [Most of my problems with people in life come from misunderstandings on someone's part. Even after 1,000,000 years it still happens!].
Jan
29
comment my wedding photos were a gift but now she wants to put them all over the internet
I suspect that a VERY nice letter explaining your position and feelings may be as effective as anything else. [In Germany she would be in deep trouble. In ...]
Dec
19
comment How to shoot a 220 yard photo with an 18-135mm lens
Re long lenses. You can never get a long enough birding lens (for almost all values of 'you'). Longest lowish cost will be a 500mm mirror - usually f8. Old manual heavy 500mm at variable quality - often made for something else & with an adaptor can be cheap or lowish cost. 2 x teleconverter + 300mm similarly. All of these MAY give better quality than cropped 135mm but will not satisfy. A hide is your only choice :-)
Dec
18
comment applying random instagram type filters to a bunch of photos
If printed, just throw them on the floor and walk on them. Results will invariably be superior to Instagram.
Dec
18
comment Does street photography including children introduce any specific concern?
Just revisiting this when flagged by others after one + years. Still reads the same. This is meta. -> -1
Nov
28
comment Why professional photographers use DSLR?
@Max You can compose your shot with a Pinhole camera and take great pictures with a Pinhole camera; all within the limitation of the camera, also. It's just that the "limitation of the camera" wrt what is implied by "SLR" is severe. So too, what is usually meant in broad terms by SLR & P&S compares two systems with vastly different capabilities. The areas of overlap are usually due to a P&S which is noticeably "more SLR like".
Nov
13
comment Nikon D200 battery woes
@MauryMarkowitz if the contact is "soft" and the battery is against a hard stop then pushing in the battery harder will make only a very small difference to separation. The battery is an EN-EL3E - same as in my D700. Could you try CAREFULLY adding a conductive strip to the middle contact using eg brass shim. You'd not want it to come off and short the battery! IF this works it gives you confidence that the problem lies in the contacts and you can possibly address by "careful and competent manipulation"
Nov
13
comment How should I select a price for a landscape image?
@CountIblis This is a website where people provide free consultancy services. Both answers and questions are covered by the relevant site licence. People may charge up to the maximum allowed by the licence.
Nov
13
comment Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?
"Body only" does not refer to any characteristic of the camera as such it simply means it is not sold as a "camera + lens combo" - it means "you need to buy or supply the lens separately" | You cannot take good photos without a lens. | You will want a lens that is compatible with the camera that suits your purpose and your budget.
Nov
4
comment Why are large zoom ratio constant apertures lenses not generally available?
People who want them can't afford them and tend to not realise what they are asking for. People who can afford them (very few indeed) do not want them as they probably prefer using CZ primes instead.