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bio website j.mp/NZPHOTOS
location Auckland, New Zealand
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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.


Oct
21
comment video images vs. burst images
@mivilar Granted. But the photo content was far too good to pass up :-).
Oct
15
comment What is a more stable way to lash a mini tripod to the top of 3 tent pole sections?
.... Tom Allan's Solved the rain fly issue knot is similar but side by side still. || On inspection the "rolling hitch" that @Guffa cites MAY be the same. If so, it's excellent :-). Try it (my way and theirs, you'll like it. I'll compare the two ways and see if they are identical.
Oct
15
comment What is a more stable way to lash a mini tripod to the top of 3 tent pole sections?
@Guffa I'm acquainted with eg "round turn and three half hitches" BUT almost every example of #HHI can find are using them as a tie off at the end of another knot AND they are usually aide by side and not concentric and mutually entwined as in my example.Google - 3 half hitches .
Oct
14
comment How best to repair water damage
Seeing you mention getting a quote -> from another question: Consider getting a quote from Steven Lee, Camera Hospital, Beencoolen street, Singapore - Camera hospital website here I have personally sent cameras and lenses from NZ for Steven to repair, so this option is possibly a viable one for you. He's good, honest, friendly (although sometimes little spoken) and about as cheap as you'll get. Slow freight both ways and it may be worthwhile. The shop is small (aka tiny) and contains vast numbers of cameras, some for sale and many for display.
Oct
14
comment Can I get a damaged Canon 70-300mm repaired more cheaply?
Do at lest look at my zero-voted answer - it just may turn out to work well for you. I have sent cameras and lenses from NZ for Steven to repair !!!.
Oct
14
comment How can I make a picture like this one of a bridge in green landscape seem less plain?
As I noted, if I was there I'd take quite a few photos from different positions with various aims in mind. | When travelling one of my many aims is to make a record that will allow my mind to again wander through the scene - my memory has many details stored that photos do not show and vice versa. The two are complementary. | The large majority of my photos are not seen by others. Those I risk allowing to creep into the world are either to (try to) inform, or because I enjoy them and hope that others will enjoy them too. Other reasons too but the above applies here, I think.
Oct
14
comment How can I make a picture like this one of a bridge in green landscape seem less plain?
I think @dpollitt is being a bit hard on your photo. As I and others note, it involves personal preference - I think your friends "plain" and Doug's "big blob" assessments may benefit from a leading "IMHO". If you were travelling and wanted something that provide maximum memory recall of what you'd seen then cutting things out may detract from your purpose.Here you have viewing area, sign, bridge, people, foliage and a hint of buildings behind and a smattering of gorge. All may be relevant to memories. You know what you want the photo to do. Others comments need to be filtered by your aims.
Oct
14
comment What is a more stable way to lash a mini tripod to the top of 3 tent pole sections?
Possibly useful comment: A "clovehitch" (used amongst other things to tie horses to hitching rails I am told) allows a rope or cord to bind reasonably tightly to a smoothish rod or pole.If the rod end is open (eg tripod leg) it can be made with two loops in the cord which are then overlapped. Google knows. BUT I have found that THREE overlapped loops makes a far better locking knot on a smooth rod. I have never seen this explained anywhere but it can hardly be new. I use this to tie fine linen cord to spectacle arms to make a light neck cord. These are far far better than a std clove hitch.
Oct
11
comment Can I get a damaged Canon 70-300mm repaired more cheaply?
Get a quote from Stephen Lee, Camera Hospital, Beencoolen street, Singapore - Camera hospital website here (Google knows). He's good, honest, friendly (although sometimes little spoken) and about as cheap as you'll get. Slow freight both ways and it may be worthwhile.
Oct
10
comment Can a photo of a book page be copyrighted?
It's a shame that the mild originality that is found in a bad copy is copyrightable while the great care and skill evidenced in a "slavish" copy is not. ie the greater artisan skills evidenced by the precision copier are penalised. Methinks the court lacks a photographer gene. Presumably I may freely copy the Corel CD :-). (Maybe they recopied it badly on purpose).
Oct
10
comment Sony a77 doesn't recognize Rokinon 85mm manual lens
I'll second @godfatherof polka's comment re focus peaking. This is extremely useful and allows easy rapid and precise focusing on specific points. In complex scenes where the desired focus point is surrounded by objects at other distances, focus peaking + manual focus allows easy focusing where even the very best AF may have problems.
Oct
5
comment Was there ever a photo that made people cry?
ARBEIT MACHT FREI - more like pointless, decades too late, blind fury
Oct
5
comment Was there ever a photo that made people cry?
.... Here 'tis - no great reaction now - some years old. Few others would be so moved :-). bit.ly/WeShallRememberThem [Happens to be taken on our nations "most holy day" on the way to an "Anzac Day" celebration. Note representatives of all armed services behind pipers and then supporting gaggle of 'ordinary folk'.
Oct
5
comment Was there ever a photo that made people cry?
A few of mine made me cry on occasions subsequently - and some still produce a substantial reaction long afterwards. It's harder to make that more universal, but by no means unknown. One of mine that gets to me in a good sort of way is of a marching pipe band in full array with a crowd of people strung out behind. It happens to evoke a sense of national pride, memories of was losses long ago, patriotism, solidarity, patriotism and a bit more. To me, anyway :-). | "We shall remember them".
Oct
5
comment Was there ever a photo that made people cry?
@MichaelNielsen How many news photos do you remember instantly 3+ decades on? If somebody described a 30+ year old photo to people, how many people would know the picture they were referring to after a few sentences? This is one such. Most adults who saw that photo at the time had a fair enough idea of what it was about. A SMALL amount of accompanying text would not have hurt. Or a banner headline. ".... NAPALM ..." probably featured. | FWIW the wider shots that accompanied this sequence - but which I only saw decades later on - made it look and feel quite different.
Oct
2
comment How can I use flash with large apertures?
@user1034081 There is not enough data to know if reducing flash power will help or not. He said "a flash" so this could be on or off camera. The flash may be exposure coupled or may be manual and he may or may not be reducing manual flash power. Odds are it is an auto exposure flash linked to camera but until he says so explicitly there is a danger that we have missed something that is missing. (The elephant that is not in the room is often as dangerous as the one that is :-) ).
Oct
2
comment How to get long hair to fan?
@feetwet Mention of turbulent and laminar flow triggered a somewhat fight or flight reaction :-). I've been over-immersed in such in a totally different application of late and faced with mind boggling (to me anyway :-) ) material along the path to enlightenment. ["Don't ask" for now - may get mentioned if it works out].
Oct
2
comment How to get long hair to fan?
Note comments from some on a central eye shield to stop eyes drying in air stream.
Oct
1
comment Is it possible to get an interval precise up to 2 decimal places using a (software) intervalometer?
1.82 seconds in 12 hours is a part in ~ 24000. To resolve that down to say 5 degree steps is ~ 1 in 2 million. That's hard. If - as per my answer - you sync it on the start of the revolution following a trigger event and then count off some indicator of fractions of a turn it becomes close to trivially easy. Even if you have never used an arduino they are easy to use, easy to learn (for most values of easy) and can easily do what you want. Almost any other solution using off-the-shelf solutions is hard to very hard, or worse.
Sep
28
comment How do I accurately capture the colour of sunlight on a wall?
EVF is better than LCD for resolution. I do not know if there is a certified or profile-able colour calibration ability, but I find the WYSIWYG white balance extremely useful and that it produces a result which largely meets expectations. eg I photographed a wedding reception last weekend. Various lighting in gathering and eating areas. I both set a custom WB setting for the main hall lighting and used 'on the fly' WB setting for tables/groups/speakers etc. Mostly auto WB Ok enough for this but also scrolled through available presets on EVF or LCD to see which worked best. Results acceptable.