Fresh Dew on a Rose

by adarsha joisa

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 6 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.


Oct
4
answered To take my portrait photography to the next level, should I get a second flashgun or a monolight?
Oct
4
answered What is the easiest way to alter white balance in Gimp?
Oct
2
comment Which prime lens for Pentax?
@mattdm - You should finish this, it's really a very good list of Pentax lenses with some handy information.
Oct
2
answered Why is depth of field affected by focal length?
Sep
27
comment What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?
Photoshop CS5 content-aware fill and healing brushes go a long way to making this process a little less tedious. Not perfect, but definitely better.
Sep
24
comment Is there a good flash for which you can get an AC adapter?
@ysap - I meant you can hook up radio triggers (I use the cheap Cactus v4 triggers and they haven't failed yet) or use the built in slave tripping features (optical). Anyways, the flash tubes are rated at over 250,000 shots, so I don't imagine you'd be replacing unless there was breakage. As for price, some of the high-end hotshoe flashes actually cost more, these are only $280.
Sep
23
comment Which camera is best for video and photography on low budget?
@dpollitt - it's in the FAQ I think, but the response on closing wiill ultimately decide I suppose.
Sep
22
comment Which camera is best for video and photography on low budget?
Hi skpaik, welcome to the site. Unfortunately, I don't think this question really fits here. This isn't really a camera review site, it's designed to create a long-term body of knowledge that will apply for longer than a narrow scope such as this question would.
Sep
20
comment How do pseudo or fake HDR programs like Photomatix work?
+1 - You know it better than I. :)
Sep
19
revised Is there a good flash for which you can get an AC adapter?
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Sep
19
answered Is there a good flash for which you can get an AC adapter?
Sep
17
comment Why do pro photographers use huge lenses to take portrait shots?
Interesting read... visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2011/09/… I now, officially, wonder if the "what the pros use" is more of a marketing thing than a reality...
Sep
15
answered How can I achieve well focussed and sharp images at long focal lengths?
Sep
15
revised What is one “stop”?
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Sep
15
comment What is one “stop”?
@ysap - Hmm... I see what you mean. Yeah, I'll update.
Sep
15
answered What is one “stop”?
Sep
15
comment What is “pixel density”?
@Ysap has given the technical answer, but hardware specifications are seldom a real measurement of camera quality. If it were, there would be little point in having reviews...
Sep
15
comment Why are larger sensors better at low light?
@Matt Grum - For sure, but the vast majority of people will never, ever, notice or likely care. They're content, just as they were when they shot 110 film in a Kodak brick and printed on 4x6. Nothing wrong with that, but image quality isn't really a selling point to them.
Sep
15
comment Why are larger sensors better at low light?
@Itai - That's because many people won't actually print them. They either post online, use them as computer backgrounds, or display them in a digital frame. Photo printing seems to be getting less and less common, sadly.
Sep
14
comment Are mirror-less cameras good enough to buy instead of a DSLR for home/amateur use?
Yeah, that's what I've been hearing. The EVF is besting the pentamirror, but not quite up to the pentaprism for now. Of course, the operative word(s) are "for now." ANd then there will just be us dinosaurs holding onto our OVF in the same way many held onto film... ;)