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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
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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.


Mar
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When should I use manual white balance settings?
Mar
29
awarded  equipment-recommendation
Mar
29
comment What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?
Welcome to the struggle that the editors of dictionaries have every day. The historical meaning of a word or phrase is utterly meaningless if the vast majority of the public thinks that it is something else. Bear that in mind if you tilt against windmills. :)
Mar
28
comment Is ISO 200 still considered to be a bad choice, on digital cameras?
@DLambert - The newest sensors are awesome. You'll hit it on your next upgrade I'm sure.
Mar
28
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
@mattdm - I was talking about this one for the links... :)
Mar
28
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
Bah, the site is trying to drive me insane... :)
Mar
28
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
@mattdm - High key reduces the lighting ratio and contrast, but there isn't a "magic formula" for when that is reached and you can then say image X is high key as a result. The OP linked to a site with low contrast, white dominated, images and that, at least, is the essential concept of high key... (sorry missed the edit window)
Mar
28
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
@mattdm - High key reduces the lighting ratio and contrast, but there isn'
Mar
28
answered Is ISO 200 still considered to be a bad choice, on digital cameras?
Mar
28
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
@mattdm - Well, Matt Grum seems to think it does, so why don't you think it's high key? I realize you've disputed that in the original post, but you haven't really given a reason for it. Heck, the photos there definitely look like high key shots to me.
Mar
27
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
@mattdm - Matt Grum generally describes it and I think Jay Lance also does in another post. In general, I think the concept the OP is looking for is high key and there's a few posts here that describe it and how to do it.
Mar
27
comment How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?
The technique is high key, you might want to look at this: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/5101/…
Mar
27
answered How does the lens diameter influence photo quality?
Mar
27
revised What Canon lenses do you suggest for wedding photography on a tight budget?
added 4 characters in body; edited title
Mar
26
comment Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?
+1 I didn't want to get specific, but my preference is for Pentax design here as well, but I still consider it much less of an issue than other factors.
Mar
26
comment Should I get a lens repaired or buy a new one?
I'm with Itai on this one.
Mar
26
comment Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?
@labnut - To each their own. Me, I want to know about handling, performance, sensor quality, IQ, and the like before I even consider what the menu looks like. In the end, the camera is for photographs, not menu browsing. :)
Mar
26
answered Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?
Mar
26
answered Why isn't the xvYCC color space seeing uptake for still photography?
Mar
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on point-and-shoot tag wiki excerpt