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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 8 months
seen 5 hours ago

Software architect and developer, currently Director of Architecture at a Canadian software company in Toronto. I use a variety of technologies but at work it's generally C++, HTML, ASP (JScript), Flex, and SVG. For personal stuff, I tend to use PHP, C#, perl, and everything I use at work. :)

I've been designing and developing for well over a decade in the enterprise software market, first with IP billing, now with ticketing (no, not TicketMaster). I'm a classic case of a jack-of-all-trades, but my intuition is good and I pick up programming languages like a sponge picks up water.

I'm a moderator on Photography.SE and I'm an avid amateur photographer and especially enjoy nature and macro photography. I've also started getting into more studio oriented stuff, acquiring some lighting, background stands, and other gadgets for that purpose. My current weapon of choice is the Nikon D800. Check out my website for some of my photography DIY projects, some of which have been featured on the well-known DIY Photography site.

I'm now on 500px and you can see my portfolio that is in dire need of growth...

I'm also a moderator pro-tem on Pets.SE because I have a keen love and interest in animals. Over the years, I've had as companions dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, turtles, and budgies. As a result, I've learned a lot about caring and enjoying, sometimes the hard and sad way.


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reviewed Close Will a key light, a back light, and white reflector as fill achieve a white background for portrait photography?
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reviewed Leave Open How to achieve a flash image with a very bright, almost-whited-out subject and dark background?
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reviewed Close how to capture snowflakes like this
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comment Nikon D600 Tips and Tricks?
Questions (and answers) that meet the guidance in help. (Sorry typing on phone).
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comment Nikon D600 Tips and Tricks?
Hi Jay, I don't want to discourage you, but I think it's worth spending the time looking at the help center topics. A lot of your questions are discussion oriented and the site is not designed to be that way. With a bit more reputation, you'll be able to use the chat features and have discussions in that environment.
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revised How can I get this “brushed background” but clear subject effect by manipulating film negatives?
Add the clarity comment
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comment What would you think of a half-blurred video?
I'm afraid that the two strikes on this question is that it's about video (there is an SE site for this) and that it's very discussion oriented. That is really not well suited to a site aimed at Q&A. With a little bit more reputation, you'll be able to use the chat features on the site where something like this is more suitable.
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reviewed No Action Needed How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?
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reviewed No Action Needed How can I get a 12ft wide field of view at 3ft distance?
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reviewed No Action Needed Save soft proof preview to file
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answered How can I get my camera to focus on water dropping?
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reviewed Close How can I get this “brushed background” but clear subject effect by manipulating film negatives?
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reviewed Close What settings should i put my Canon 1200D on to photograph the moon?
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comment What is a “pseudo mannequin”?
Hard to tell, but in the sample shot there appears to be a wire frame across the back. Perhaps it's a wireframe mannequin, but not being sure, I can't really supply it as an answer. I don't think I've ever heard that term before...
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comment What is the difference between levels, curves and contrast settings in post processing?
@chuqui - I have to admit that I'm failing to see the duplication.
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reviewed Leave Open What is the difference between levels, curves and contrast settings in post processing?
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?
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reviewed Leave Open Best focusing techniques with sony a7r
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reviewed Close In Manual mode my photos and livescreen go black
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reviewed Approve Post Processing for Gritty Street Images