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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 3 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.


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reviewed Close How can I be sure a lens will autofocus on my Nikon D5000?
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reviewed Close Manual or Automatic Speedlight?
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reviewed Close What do you look for when choosing a photo sharing site?
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reviewed Leave Open What would be a cheap and good bracket for a Markins Q-Ball Q20?
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reviewed Leave Open Digital Photo Board Presentation
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reviewed Close What are some good online tools for finding compatible lenses?
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reviewed Close What camera and accessories do I need for taking photos of paintings made with acrylics?
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reviewed Close Can a Canon T3 DSLR be used with my TAMRON AF TELE-MACRO 90-300mm lens?
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awarded  Custodian
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awarded  Custodian
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reviewed Close Personality Rights
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reviewed Close Animated mosaic
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reviewed Close SLR camera with inbody motor verse AF- S lens
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reviewed Close Lens options for a 18-55 and 50 1.8 plus a canon t2i owner
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reviewed Close Are adjustable ND filters as good as the “normal” ones?
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reviewed Close Would This “Flash Diffuser” Be Any Good for My SB700?
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reviewed Close Simple paint program to adjust alpha values
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Raw development in Lightroom 4.1 and Digital Photo Professional 3.9.x – bad vs. good?
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answered Can anyone help identifying this lens?
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comment Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens vs Canon 17-40mm 4.0 lens
As another note, I have the Tamron in the Pentax mount and I like it a lot. I can't compare it to the Canon, obviously, but it is a faster lens and that can mean a lot in low light conditions.