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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
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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.


Jun
22
reviewed Close Is Adobe Lightroom worth it for a student amatuer photographer?
Jun
22
reviewed Leave Open Nikon D5100: “Error, press shutter release button again”
Jun
22
reviewed Reviewed Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Canon
Jun
20
reviewed Close Photos of people on an ad supported website
Jun
20
reviewed Leave Open What are the pros and cons of saving as DNG in camera and saving as proprietary RAW and convert in lightroom in post?
Jun
20
reviewed No Action Needed Usefulness of a Broken Polarizing Filter
Jun
20
comment Is there a situation in which taking exposure bracketed photos at only the widest separation (±3EV) doesn't work?
@KartickVaddadi - Your question notes low light and long exposure, which implies something other than fast daylight, so noise is a factor. Besides which, the more general answer(s) to the larger audience should consider it in any event for the topic to be of use to the photographic community.
Jun
17
revised How was this picture of a model on a boat with a sunset in the background created?
remove copyrighted image
Jun
17
comment Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution
This is a legal question, however its answer is something I think is blazingly obvious in every sense of the word.
Jun
17
reviewed Leave Open When does it help to use scene modes?
Jun
17
reviewed Close Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution
Jun
16
answered How do I rig up a color filter for my Sigma 8-16mm Ultrawide?
Jun
16
reviewed Close Sturdy tripod on a budget
Jun
16
reviewed Close Websites with RAW conversion contests?
Jun
13
comment Automatically mask out of focus part of an image
It's never been edited.
Jun
13
reviewed No Action Needed Can a Macbook Pro Retina display be properly calibrated?
Jun
12
reviewed Leave Open 255 Background for Product/Jewelry
Jun
12
reviewed Leave Open outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Jun
12
reviewed Close How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use?
Jun
12
reviewed No Action Needed Why does this satellite image of an airplane in motion show red, green, and blue bands with strange artifacts?