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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
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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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comment What are _rods_ / _rails_ for?
This is more correctly off-topic really, not a duplicate, since it's actually about videography equipment. Camera rails are not especially common in stills photography.
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reviewed Leave Open How can I get good motion shots (long exposure) of the sea in daylight?
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answered How can I get good motion shots (long exposure) of the sea in daylight?
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revised what qualities should I be looking for in a long range lens
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reviewed Close How well will a Canon 2x extender work with a 60D and 100-400mm L?
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revised How to recharge camera battery in the wild
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answered How to recharge camera battery in the wild
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comment How to recharge camera battery in the wild
Product recommendations are generally off topic often because the product in question will typically have a short (relatively speaking) existence and links to it will die.
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revised History or Name of style where model has black writing on their chest?
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comment Can someone explain film speeds to me?
I guess I'm not seeing how size of film grain and it's impact on the image is the same as gain on the sensor. They're analogous, but how ISO differences are achieved in film is not how it's achieved in digital.
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reviewed Leave Open Recommend which site to sell photos? and it is for Spanish-speaking community
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reviewed Approve Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?
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reviewed Approve What techniques has Jennifer Tibbetts used to make her photos “pop”?
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reviewed Approve Can I use a Metz flash with Yongnuo trigger?
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reviewed Approve What are the sales volumes of 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 lenses?