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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
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Software architect and developer, currently Senior Manager, Software Engineering at a financial institution 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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reviewed Leave Open Batch exporting files from DNG to jpg
Jun
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reviewed Close What is the best resolution and quality for website
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reviewed Close Nikon D70s memory card error. SD Card or Camera?
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reviewed Close How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me?
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reviewed Leave Open Is it true that all current browsers and OSes are “color managed” now?
Jun
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revised How to get original images when using the HDR mode on an iPhone?
added 23 characters in body
Jun
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comment Why do so many photographers still use flash and noisy cameras in concerts?
I have to admit that I'm struggling to see this as anything other than a rant disguised as a question and there isn't really a real question here, more of a discussion topic that might be better suited to chat.
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
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reviewed Approve What difference is there between the 50mm in a zoom lens, a 50mm prime lens, and a 50mm macro?
Jun
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comment Why doesn't changing the aperture setting on my Nikon D80 change the image?
Sample images would be helpful I think... When extremely close it can often be hard to see the difference since they'll all look very shallow.
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed What is the best way to care for batteries?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open When do you need a model release?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open Equivalent focal length and aperture of 150mm medium format lens on a 35mm camera
Jun
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comment How does HDR movie work?
Sorry, more appropriately on the video site.
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed When shooting in A-mode, at times the shutter speed becomes too slow to hand hold and shoot. How do I solve this?
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed How do I automate adding EXIF date information based on the photo's filename?
Jun
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reviewed Approve Save all color editings as a mapping in Photoshop?
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comment Save all color editings as a mapping in Photoshop?
@JDługosz - You might be able to use the reference image as a way of setting up the original with adjustments. A bit fussy, but might get you close.
Jun
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answered Save all color editings as a mapping in Photoshop?