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by Vian Esterhuizen

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
seen 4 hours ago

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 No Action Needed Do I need permission from the photographer to use images taken of me in my personal portfolio?
Jun
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reviewed Close Long exposure question
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reviewed Leave Open How close are we to the sensor pixel size limit?
Jun
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revised How can I compare different lenses in terms of quality?
Remove video context, not really relevant or appropriate to our site
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reviewed Reject Accuracy of shutter actuation count in Canon and Nikon cameras
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reviewed Approve Which SD card to choose for recording video with Canon Kiss 4x Digital?
Jun
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reviewed Reviewed How can I keep lens filters and other attachments from sticking on the lens?
Jun
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revised How can I keep lens filters and other attachments from sticking on the lens?
Minor clean up
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reviewed Leave Open Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open How can I compare different lenses in terms of quality?
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reviewed Leave Open Why are there shiny bits in my night photo?
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reviewed Leave Open Why do some people prefer 50mm to 35mm prime lenses, even for a crop sensor?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open Why only objects within a limited range of distances from a camera will be reproduced clearly?
Jun
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reviewed Close Nikon D5100 says “lens not attached” in automatic mode (works in manual)
Jun
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reviewed Close How do I prepare best for my first wedding photography event?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open Online stores for second hand photo equipment in France
Jun
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reviewed Close Getting a sharp focus on a 50mm when the subject is at 5m - 10m
May
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reviewed No Action Needed Company solution to storing and sharing large album of photos?
May
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reviewed Approve What are the pros and cons of a video camera versus a DSLR that can take video?
May
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reviewed Reopen Imbalance in green pixels