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My main blog, BalanceLight 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.

BalancedLight is my longform blog that contains topical posts on writing, photography and presentation workflows

This site, Micro Thoughts, is my Micro.Blog site that serves as a link blog, photo blog and a home for short sharp thoughts. It acts as a complementary site to BalancedLight.

Posts are generally written using Markdown format in the excellent Byword and Ulysses apps on macOS and iOS, as well as Drafts on iOS.

About Des Paroz

I currently in Sydney, Australia, but am well travelled and have lived in various locations around the world. I have strong interests in writing, photography, presenting, marketing/public affairs and 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.

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

Des Paroz BalancedLight Micro.Blog Twitter

BalancedLight

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, and this mirror is hosted on blot.im.

Posts are generally written using Markdown1 format in the excellent Byword and Ulysses apps on macOS and iOS, as well as Drafts on iOS and MarsEdit on macOS. 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:

I have been progressively moving to the smaller, lighter and more flexible micro 4/3s (m43) format over the past few years. I’m excited about the flexibility offered by this balanced and light format. Key components of my current photo kit include:

  • Panasonic Lumix GX7
  • Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 lens
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 14-40mm f/2.8mm PRO lens
  • Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens
  • Nissan i40 compact flash for m43

For post processing, I previously used Apple Aperture 3.5 for digital asset management (DAM), but am currently using Adobe Lightroom while experimenting with On1 Photo RAW for my future DAM needs. For editing I currently love MacPhun’s Luminar, but also use Pixelmator and Photoshop.

On iPad I am also using Lightroom and Photos, and am experimenting with Affinity Photo.

About Des Paroz

I currently in Sydney, Australia, but have lived in the past lived in small and large cities including Gunnedah, Brisbane, Tokyo, Dayton and Darwin. I have strong interests in writing, photography, presenting, marketing/public affairs and 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.

Around the web

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

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