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by Bart Arondson

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
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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.


Jul
25
answered What would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography?
Jul
23
awarded  Yearling
Jul
21
comment lens care: compressing lens without full-time manual focus when camera is off?
Essentially a duplicate of Can I damage the focus system by turning the focus ring when the lens isn't mounted? though this is still mounted.
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to tell if a polarizing filter is too damaged?
Jul
15
answered Practical speed difference between 1:2.5 and 1:1.7?
Jul
14
revised Scanning film photograph for backup and archives
edited title; deleted 2 characters in body
Jul
11
comment Why does my Fujifilm FinePix S1800 have far greater shutter lag in EVF mode than in LCD mode?
I would guess a firmware bug since, as far as I know, the LCD and EVF are getting their data in the same way. The only real difference is a minor one in the resolution which, I suppose, could cause one to have more processing over the other and so make the camera a little less responsive. However, since this is all guess, I just posted a comment.
Jul
10
comment What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?
@ABPhoto - Don't take the blunt response as rude, it's actually very helpful. I've shot a wedding as an amateur and I can tell you that it's very, very, hard to do well and I, to be honest, have a lot more experience than you. I don't think you realize what you're getting into and, despite the best intentions of the couple to keep your ability in mind, this is a very big day for them and your images will be a big factor in their memories. Food for thought.
Jul
10
comment What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?
+1 Yep. Having shot a wedding, under protest I might add, I can only agree here. There is a minimal set of gear you need (oddly, you mention the two zooms I had for this), but none of that means anything without the sense and skill to direct the people to where they should be. I sucked at that, but my wife was good enough at it to get some decent shots.
Jul
9
revised Flash gun vs Studio light for product shoot
deleted 48 characters in body; edited title
Jul
8
comment Are Nikon lens double the cost of Canon auto-focus lens?
Why not look at the specifications on the Sigma website?
Jul
6
revised Slow flash when shooting a D90 and SB 700
Clarified the question
Jul
3
comment Tablet Apps for Simple Processing of RAW files
Photoshop Express may do the trick... I can't say for Android (iPad seems to have better options) so I didn't post as an answer. At any rate, you may find it slow if you do a lot of editing.
Jul
3
comment Tablet Apps for Simple Processing of RAW files
He also mentioned that he's using a Samsung tablet... Assuredly not running IOS...
Jul
3
comment Tablet Apps for Simple Processing of RAW files
It's much better on the iPad 3. I've used both iPhoto and Snapseed with Pentax K-5 raw images and it's surprisingly snappy. It's also not messing around with the embedded thumbnail, it's producing a fullsized JPEG as the outcome.
Jul
2
comment Canon 5d mark III vs canon 1d X for studio/wedding/outdoor work?
Have you considered that the answer to that question may not be Canon?
Jul
2
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
29
comment How does Super Resolution work?
@AkramMellice - stacking of the same doesn't do this. Software can be used to examine and potentially "fill in" the info based on other information in the image, but it would be less than perfect... At any rate, it would be incredibly awesome if Pentax added this feature, something entirely possible given their anti-shake is on sensor and it's a variation on how they do the astrotrace with the GPS unit.
Jun
28
answered Why does my Nikkor 12-24mm lens vignette on my Nikon D800?
Jun
28
comment Product shot of a vase with decals: reflections obscuring decals
Have you tried the technique described here: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/7487/…