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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
seen 11 hours ago

Software architect and developer, currently Senior Manager, Software Engineering at a financial institution 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 Are there any reasons to use film cameras anymore?
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reviewed Close Why is Canon EF 24-105 available at different prices on Amazon?
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reviewed Delete EOS Utility does not detect my 550D
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reviewed Close how to neutralise exposure in Manual mode
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reviewed Close Is there a good quality pocket camera with wide aperture?
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comment Is it possible to mount a Flash on a Tripod?
Check if your flash came with a stand (both of mine did) as it usually has a tripod socket in it.
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reviewed Close What is zoom multiplication based on?
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reviewed Close Value for money Lens arsenal?
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reviewed No Action Needed how do I Auto Focus Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor to my nikon d7000
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reviewed Close Which light & Lens I have to buy for taking portfolio session & modeling?
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reviewed Close Why can I not disable full-range auto-focus in newer point-and-shoot cameras?
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reviewed Close What sites/companies are available for buying and selling used lenses?
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reviewed Leave Open How to choose between a Canon 600D (Rebel T3i) and a Nikon D5100?
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reviewed Leave Open High-end compact camera with swivel screen and running on AA batteries
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reviewed Reviewed How can I expose a waterfall scene correctly?
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revised What sites/companies are available for buying and selling used lenses?
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reviewed Close Can I get a Nikon or Canon DSLR more cheaply by buying internationally?
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comment Shooting images smaller than the sensor size
@haelix - Not quite. It will have the angle of view of a different focal length, but it's not going to be any more information than shooting FX and cropping to the same region. At any rate, this is your only viable option if you want to shoot raw and reduce the size in camera.
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reviewed Close How small can current SLRs get and still give comparable photo quality?
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reviewed Approve Is there a camera that processes the images captured and then transmits for printing?