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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
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reviewed Leave Open How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use?
Jun
7
reviewed Leave Open Stopping down in manual mode with automatic ISO?
Jun
7
reviewed Close Is the maximum video length of the Sony A6000 30 minutes?
Jun
7
reviewed No Action Needed EOS time lapse problem: stops taking shots
Jun
6
comment What are the pros and cons of the two Sony mounts — E and A?
I'm more concerned that you're trying to make this a discussion. The site is not designed for that, it's for questions with answers. If you want a discussion, then I would encourage you to visit our Photography Chat
Jun
6
revised What are the pros and cons of the two Sony mounts — E and A?
Let's not turn this into a discussion, use chat for that.
Jun
5
reviewed No Action Needed What are some tips on night photography during rain?
Jun
4
reviewed Leave Open Why is my SDHC card disappearing from the file system after few minutes?
Jun
4
reviewed Leave Open Is there any benefit to manual settings when you can change just about everything with post production?
Jun
2
reviewed Close Reduce photo size to less than 20kb
May
31
reviewed No Action Needed Is it ok to regularly swap memory cards between different cameras?
May
31
reviewed No Action Needed Is it ok to regularly swap memory cards between different cameras?
May
31
reviewed No Action Needed Upgrading from Canon T2i to Canon 6D
May
31
reviewed Close what lens are compatiable for canon 450d and can i use ef aswell as ef-s?
May
31
reviewed Close AF points, focusing at f1.0-2.2
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - By definition, yes, file conversion is alteration, that's inescapable. Meaningful alteration? That's speculation, depends on other actions.
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - Also, he mentioned it was with an iPhone. AFAIK, the native camera app does not save PNG.
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - I made some edits to remove the legal-speculative angle, so it's back to the heart of what you're looking to answer. However, I would request that you avoid using comments to answer. Please use the editing and voting system as means to bring a question back, comments are very likely to be deleted, especially if they're used to replace answering.
May
31
revised Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
Modified to remove legal speculation potential
May
27
reviewed Close What should be the aperture and ISO while doing wildlife photography in sunlight?