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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 47
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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.


Jul
18
comment How to break mental models when taking pictures?
Love that book. I've been reading it and following the exercises to improve my drawing skills, it's been an amazing read.
Jul
15
comment Camera sensor size vs pixel size and focal length
To be honest, I think the question has been answered. In any event, we're one of the oldest sites on the network and whether or not these are considered on topic has been hashed out a number of times.
Jul
15
comment Camera sensor size vs pixel size and focal length
@Petersaber - I don't have a suggestion on site, but the question isn't actually about using the equipment and, even with that, the implication is about using it in a photographic context. I'm not sure that I see the connection as asked. You can try editing to bring it more in line, and usable, from a general photography perspective, we have reopened questions that have appeared off topic before.
Jul
15
comment Camera sensor size vs pixel size and focal length
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it doesn't appear to be actually related to photography
Jul
14
reviewed Leave Open Why do pictures turn out dark when I shoot with my external flash?
Jul
14
reviewed Leave Open D5200 darker area at top
Jul
14
comment D5200 darker area at top
Doesn't appear to be a duplicate based on the comment from the OP.
Jul
14
reviewed Leave Open How do I clean the grime spots I'm seeing in my camera's viewfinder?
Jul
12
reviewed Leave Open How long does the exposure have to be for a specific astrophotography object with a given lense, iso and aperture?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open What is the most unusual household item you've found useful in a photographic context?
Jul
10
reviewed Close Is a RAW-only camera economically justified?
Jul
10
reviewed Close Is the Canon Rebel T3/ EOS 1100D compatible with Nikon Lenses?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Is there any Flickr/Picasa Web service to store and share RAW files?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Files from my camera are very large: does this present any problem?
Jul
10
reviewed Close How to convert a dull monochrome photograph into a sharp black and white photograph with great contrast?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Why is there a mechanical shutter in a digital camera?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open What tool can visualize metadata from many photos on a Mac?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Do lens hoods need to be matched to focal length?
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Why doesn't changing the aperture setting on my Nikon D80 change the image?
Jul
10
reviewed Close Advice on shooting a magazine centerfold