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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.


Sep
15
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
@jrista - It doesn't solve his problem, that entire sequence stems from the very first comment to the question and my simple response to that. Feel free to move the whole thing to chat, which is what this is really, but his question does somewhat prove the point about the usefulness of DNG...
Sep
15
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
@Itai - I was processing K-5 DNG files well before the updates from Adobe to handle the PEF files, so not sure I buy that argument. While you state that vendor data in the format is useless, you haven't given a compelling reason for it to exist in the first place. The vendor probably has a strong desire to lock you in with that data, but that's not a strong argument for the consumer in my book. Net effect, I still haven't heard a strong argument against DNG beyond "I don't want to do it."
Sep
14
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
@Itai - It's also the recommended format for Library of Congress storage for the purpose of long term archival.
Sep
14
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
@Itai - Specification is here: adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop/extend.displayTab2.html and bear in mind, it is TIFF based which is true for most, if not all, major raw formats. At any rate, the specification distinctly includes support for private vendor data for the purposes of their own converters. I think it's the closest thing around to a universal format and haven't heard a real compelling reason for a vendor to not use it.
Sep
14
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
Did you try something like RawTherapee?
Sep
14
comment Opening Unsupported RAW Files
@silenT_Thunder - Google the acronym "DNG" for such a format...
Sep
14
comment How do I find a camera's focal length in pixels?
Ah, the comments officially help. Though my days of doing that sort of physics are way, way, behind me... I probably would have expected quicker answer in the math stack site.
Sep
13
comment How do I find a camera's focal length in pixels?
I don't think that makes a lot of sense, really... I'm not sure what you mean by trying to convert an optical property like a lens focal length into a digital propery, I just don't see how that translates.
Sep
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
10
answered What is an effective way to photograph tall structures (especially from nearby)?
Sep
9
comment Is a UV filter better for lens protection than a protector filter?
@camflan, I'll take my chances. The filter can impede image quality in a variety of ways, so I'm not a fan and won't normally recommend it. As an aside, even with the filter on you can end up damaged, leaving the filter stuck, bent, and still unable to attach another. There is no assurances here...
Sep
4
reviewed Reject lightroom tag wiki
Sep
2
reviewed Edit Zooming in/out changes f stop
Sep
2
revised Zooming in/out changes f stop
minor typos, formatting
Sep
2
reviewed Approve Techniques to pull skin tones out of the shadows?
Sep
1
reviewed Approve What is the best way to avoid moon and light glare in night exposures without using photo editing software
Sep
1
reviewed Approve What's different about photographing at sunrise vs. sunset?
Sep
1
reviewed Approve How to photograph people with a prominent (wide, big) nose?
Aug
31
comment What is the best way to avoid moon and light glare in night exposures without using photo editing software
That's entirely up to you. I liked it as a cityscape, but don't let my take on it distract from what you want to achieve. You may want to give it a try though, just to see what you think. That's the fun thing about the digital era, the cost really only time.
Aug
31
comment What is the best way to avoid moon and light glare in night exposures without using photo editing software
Whoops! Well, I figured it was a cityscape shot. :)