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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
visits member for 4 years
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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.


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comment Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
@KendallHelmstetterGelner - Once in a standard format, such as TIFF (or DNG if Apple provided that) then it would be fine. The sliders translate to adjustments that would understandable when it was said and done. In any event, without a tool from Apple or Adobe, TIFF seems to be the best "right now" option.
Jul
2
answered Will using snapseed make the quality of my photos worse?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
comment How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?
Did you watch the video? The octa was up high and in front, the hair light was to the rear, and he had a reflector from below. After that, it's pretty clear the image has been retouched. Also, eyes are the guide to light, don't cut them out, it makes no sense.
Jul
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answered How can I import images from iPad into Capture One?
Jul
1
answered Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
Jul
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comment Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
Are your images JPG or raw?
Jun
30
reviewed Close Nikon D5100: “Error, press shutter release button again”
Jun
30
reviewed Close RGB colour correction of CCD camera images
Jun
30
comment RGB colour correction of CCD camera images
Sorry, but I think it's very borderline and slightly on the wrong side of it. This appears to be for a barcode scanning application and I'm not really seeing how this will help photographers.
Jun
30
reviewed Close If it's not a 100% crop, what is it?
Jun
30
reviewed Close accessory fill flash for nikon DSLR
Jun
30
reviewed Close Why does the angle of view narrow as you zoom in?
Jun
30
reviewed Leave Open Optimum ISO? How can I tell?
Jun
30
reviewed Close Why does my computer show an image shot in RAW + JPEG as two JPEGs instead of one RAW and one JPEG?
Jun
26
reviewed Close Canon rebel t3i manual mode
Jun
26
reviewed Close How can this visual effect be achieved using Photoshop or plugins?
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed CSI image resolution enhance: How real is it?
Jun
24
reviewed Leave Open Recolour Black And White Photos
Jun
22
reviewed Leave Open What is the reason that the materials of the lens barrels changed from metal to plastic?