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


Jun
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answered Resize and sharpen or sharpen and then resize?
Jun
3
comment How do I find a semi-professional camera able to open the shutter for long exposure (night shots)?
The feature you're looking for is "bulb" mode which allows you to hold the shutter open for as long as the shutter button is depressed. As far as I know, it's pretty rare (if at all) for an SLR not to have this function.
Jun
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revised How do I find a semi-professional camera able to open the shutter for long exposure (night shots)?
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Jun
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revised Advantage of using External Watermarking Tools rather than Photoshop
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Jun
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comment Advantage of using External Watermarking Tools rather than Photoshop
I don't know how this can really be answered...
May
29
reviewed Approve How to check what White Balance setting was used (on a Mac)?
May
29
answered How important is a backup camera body?
May
26
comment What would cause a Pentax SDM lens to stop autofocusing, and what can I do?
@Itai - My K-5 was sent to Japan for repairs, though I think they ended up doing a body swap at the time. That was for the infamous sensor stain issue though, so I suspect they had little choice.
May
26
comment What would cause a Pentax SDM lens to stop autofocusing, and what can I do?
@mattdm - You'd send them to Pentax Canada, the office is in Mississauga (just outside of Toronto) and they would either fix there or, more likely, send it to Japan. My experience wasn't too bad, but they're only a half hour away for me.
May
24
comment Why would some of my Lightroom3 noise reduction sliders be disabled?
You should accept your answer, it's the correct one. :)
May
23
comment How strong is the tripod mount on the bottom of a DSLR?
@ysap - I have the dual camera version. With the strap attached to my battery grip, I carry a K-5 with a Sigma 120-400mm lens attached with no problems and that's while hiking. It can do it, but you can also transfer it over to the tripod collar on the lens too if you're worried, either works.
May
21
awarded  Enlightened
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
reviewed Approve What should I do to obtain the best resolution for publishing with Blurb Photo books?
May
19
revised What are the most appropriate features for a wide angle lens for fishing and landscape photograhy?
tried a complete rewording
May
16
comment We own PS CS3, what are the benefits of upgrading to CS6?
+1 - Content aware features are great and now improved in CS6. I can also attest that CS6 is a speed improvement, I just upgraded from CS5 the other day. It's not only faster at doing things, it starts a heck of lot faster too!
May
16
comment What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?
@Dan - Yeah, more detail to start means more to end with. He might also try other sharpening techniques such as smart sharpen, high pass, etc. to see if they do better or worse then unsharp masking does.
May
16
comment What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?
@Jakub - Glad I could help. I suspect some variations on this, with NR and the like may further improve it. There are also 3rd party tools for sharpening, contrast, tone, and so on that would further punch it up (e.g. Topaz, Nik, etc.).
May
16
answered What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?
May
16
revised What characteristics matter in a mouse for photo editing?
Improve spelling/grammar