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by Bart Arondson

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
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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.


Aug
16
comment What's a concise “I'm not dangerous” phrase for a business card?
You could always try relevant parts of the US constitution and/or cite recent case law. You could also look at it as an opportunity to get rich when you sue the a$$ off someone for illegal search and seizure... I would, in a heartbeat, seriously.
Aug
14
comment Is a Tamron AF 28-300 F/3.5-6.3 with Canon 60D a wise choice for action photography?
rfusca has the answer, your suggestion is way too slow for action, you want wide apertures to enable a fast shutter in poor light.
Aug
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I chose a good camera for texture hunting?
Aug
12
comment How to calculate exposure time for Fuji Velvia RVP 50 using a DSLR spot meter?
@silkysmooth - I think you'll find that the metering in the 5d mk2 is based on the same precepts as other spot meters, I wouldn't consider it to be an issue. Anyways, your film may have good latitude on the exposure, so being out by a half stop wouldn't necessarily pose a problem. Here's the data sheet for the film: fujifilm.com/products/professional_films/pdf/… and you can use the eyeball exposure guide there to give you some confidence in the metering outcome, but I suspect you're over-worried when you don't need to be. :)
Aug
12
answered How to calculate exposure time for Fuji Velvia RVP 50 using a DSLR spot meter?
Aug
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can you help me justify my desire to purchase the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 even though I find it rather pricey?
Aug
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What free software exists for geotagging photos?
Aug
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to photograph artwork for giclée prints
Aug
10
comment How can I reproduce this effect I created?
@Joe - You're very welcome.
Aug
10
answered How can I reproduce this effect I created?
Aug
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on focal-length tag wiki excerpt
Aug
6
comment How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
Well, some people get offended at edits. :)
Aug
6
comment How can I attach a lens without a collar to a tripod?
I think I would enjoy trying that lens out on my K-5. Since you're a Pentax shooter into astrophotography, you might want to consider the K-5 with the O-GPS1 unit. I have the combo and it works quite nice.
Aug
6
comment How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
Sorry, the edit was to make it photography related, rather than implying video as that is off topic for the site.
Aug
6
answered How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
Aug
6
revised How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
added 12 characters in body
Aug
4
answered What is the difference between image size and image quality?
Aug
4
comment How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens?
I tend to agree with Itai, purpose is needed.
Aug
4
comment What's the best technique and kit for taking a picture of the Milky Way in a nearly pitch black landscape?
@asalamon74 - I have it, works quite well with the Pentax K-5. I was able to get to 5 minutes at 70mm, which is quite extensive and I look forward to trying it in northern Ontario this fall when the skies are incredibly clear. For what it is, it is quite good, but it's not an equatorial mount for sure.