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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 6 months
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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.


Oct
27
reviewed Close Help me choose: Olympus OM-D EM-5, Fujy X-Pro1, Sony Nex 7, or?
Oct
27
reviewed Close How to get shallow depth of field with canon 550d and kit lens 18-55mm
Oct
27
reviewed Reject What is the fastest lens available for a DSLR?
Oct
26
reviewed Approve How can I make this food photo more interesting?
Oct
25
answered Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed What flash slaves can be used with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT?
Oct
25
comment What flash slaves can be used with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT?
That's kind of what he was asking in the first place. Do you know if these work? If you don't know, this is probably best left as a comment rather than an answer.
Oct
23
reviewed Close Nikon - Are two lenses better than one?
Oct
23
reviewed Close Apple Aperture, raw files, and white balance?
Oct
22
reviewed Close Should the depth of field in the viewfinder be the same as the final images with the aperture set to wide open?
Oct
22
reviewed Close Where can I advertise camera equipment I'd like to rent out?
Oct
20
answered How to avoid switching “modes” of 4-way controller on Pentax K-5?
Oct
20
comment How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?
Are you sure it's a B+W? There are fakes that are of lesser quality. In any event, CPLs will degrade over time from wear and tear, poor handling, etc. I would be reluctant to try and lubricate as you could get the lubricant in between and it might damage the coatings.
Oct
20
comment Pentax P-TTL: Why and when does underexposure occur and what can I do?
While I shoot Pentax and use a lot of lights, I don't generally use P-TTL, I'm usually setup with a manual configuration. However, I did find this post: pentaxuser.co.uk/forum/topic/… contained a lot of useful information that you might also find helpful.
Oct
20
reviewed Close Bokeh in Optical View Finder
Oct
19
reviewed Looks OK How can I invert part of a photo?
Oct
19
awarded  Custodian
Oct
19
reviewed Reopen Are there any restrictions on taking photographs of the surfing on the beaches in New York while an event is taking place?
Oct
19
reviewed Leave Closed How does Dell UltraSharp U2412M perform for photo editing?
Oct
19
reviewed Close What is a good general purpose lens for Canon?