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The BalanceLight blog was first setup as the Des Paroz on the go blog around 2002. It is a place for me to write about my personal views on a range of topics—particularly on making photographs, writing and presenting.

There are two types of post in the BalancedLight blog:

  • Topical posts on writing, photography and presentation workflows
  • Link posts that link to another site or blog post, with a short comment from me. I think that the original posts are worth a look.

BalancedLight is a self-hosted WordPress site.

Posts are generally written usingMarkdown format in the excellent Byword for Mac and Byword for iOS apps. Brett Terpstra’s Marked 2 is also an important part of my writing workflow.

Photo Gear Info

I get some questions regarding my photographic gear. Here’s what I am currently using:

  • Panasonic Lumix GX7 micro 4/3 camera
  • Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 lens
  • Panasonic Lumix G 7–14mm f1.4 lens
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12–40mm f2.8 Pro lens
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35–100mm f4.0–5.6 lens
  • iPhone 6

I have been progressively moving to the smaller, lighter and more flexible micro 4/3s format over the past year or so. I’m excited about the flexibility offered by this light and balanced format. Prior to the move to this format I was using the Nikon D200 system, particularly for my underwater images.

  • Nikon D200 camera (x2)
  • 12–24mm, 10.5mm fisheye, 35mm, 18–200mm and 60mm macro lenses from Nikkor
  • Aquatica AD200 housing
  • Inon Z220 & Z240 strobes
  • Ultralight arms

For post processing, I use Apple Aperture 3.5 and Pixelmator. I use the excellent MarineLife Keywords product to help with my keywording workflow in Aperture.

About Des Paroz

I am a writer, photographer and trainer based in Sydney, Australia. I have strong interests in writing, photography, presenting, marketing/public affairs and scuba diving.

As a PADI Course Director I teach PADI Instructor Development Courses and first aid/CPR instructor courses. I also teach Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo.

I serve as a Public Affairs Officer in the Royal Australian Navy[1].

Around the web

You can also find me on the web in the following places:

  1. Any and all views expressed on DesParoz.me are my own (unless otherwise clearly stated and obviously excepting any comments made by others), and do not reflect the views, policies or opinions of any organisation or company that I may work with or for.  ↩

  2. Ello is fast becoming my favourite social media venue. Look forward to seeing you there. Let me know if you need an invite.  ↩

  3. I’m not very active on Google+ but I still pop by from time-to-time. I’m there than I am on Facebook, if that says anything.  ↩