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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 3 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.


Aug
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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.
Aug
4
revised How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens?
Spelling
Aug
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can I create a Photoshop droplet to resize a batch of images, both portrait and landscape, to the same size?
Aug
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are the advantages of online photo editors like picnik.com?
Aug
3
answered Are there recent entry-level/prosumer DSLR cameras that can use/are compatible with high quality older manual lenses?
Aug
3
comment What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?
Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay.
Aug
2
comment When shooting a scene with a LCD or Plasma TV in it, is there a way to avoid a blueish tint on the screen?
+1 - Another option is to gel the lights, if possible. It doesn't even have to be perfect, just adding blue to the ambient light will allow for more accurate white balance on the TVs.
Aug
2
comment Tips for using the Lensbaby 3G?
@mattdm - To be honest, I haven't used it all that much. It's a lens that requires some planning because it takes some work to put it to use.
Aug
1
comment What is being set with Micro Focus Adjustment?
@ysap - I wondered that myself initially, but such is the nature of things. I'm not worried about it.
Jul
28
comment What is being set with Micro Focus Adjustment?
@ysap - Lenses have moving parts and moving parts have variance and they won't be the same. I'm also not sure it's a closed loop, but I don't have the knowledge to say for sure.
Jul
28
answered What is being set with Micro Focus Adjustment?
Jul
27
revised Is 61cm (24 inch) folded length too much for a tripod?
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Jul
27
answered Is 61cm (24 inch) folded length too much for a tripod?
Jul
24
awarded  Yearling
Jul
12
comment How can I reopen a file in Photoshop Camera Raw node?
That wasn't specifically what you asked, however ACR will retain changes made by it, but not changes from Photoshop. That's my understanding, at least, but you may want to ask on a more dedicated Photoshop site.
Jul
12
answered How can I reopen a file in Photoshop Camera Raw node?