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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
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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.


May
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reviewed Leave Open Is the Nikon 55-300mm a good choice for indoor and outdoor portraits?
May
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reviewed Close Where can I buy poster-size reprints of great photographs?
May
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reviewed Leave Open What is the most appropriate camera for hobby photography?
May
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reviewed Close Should I buy a Fujifilm XE-1 (or Fuji X-Pro) or a full frame for professional portrait shooting?
May
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reviewed Leave Open How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?
May
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reviewed Leave Open I'm having trouble recovering a deleted image. Much older deleted images are showing up in the program, but not this one which was erased yesterday
May
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comment Video tutorial about how lenses work
List questions are generally a poor fit for the site and a question like this is very likely to suffer from link rot.
May
21
comment Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?
@Jakub - I'll be curious to see your results, you may need to play around with it a bit.
May
20
answered Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?
May
18
comment Which portfolio hosting services offer swipe navigation on mobile devices?
Sorry, it's also a product/service recommendation and we generally exclude them because they're seldom long lived. I think that will be true for this as well, as sites catch up and improve their mobile experience.
May
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comment Which portfolio hosting services offer swipe navigation on mobile devices?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it isn't about photography. I've also removed the bounty.
May
17
comment When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?
Do you have a sample image? That's always helpful.
May
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reviewed Close I want to know about the relationship between focal length and aperture
May
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reviewed Leave Open Why does my Nikon D3100 display 'File contains no image'?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Alternative to EOS Remote app for 6D?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Any PC or web applications similar to PhotoPills?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Figure photography - where to share photos?
May
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answered Why are there arbitrary limits on Lightroom rotation controls?
May
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reviewed Close How can I achieve this effect where photos have a “bluish” theme with highly dramatic colors?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Nikon D70s memory card error. SD Card or Camera?