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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
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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.


Mar
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reviewed Leave Open How do you develop 'creative taste' in order to take a good photo?
Mar
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reviewed No Action Needed Can one make good photographs with artistic sense but little real technical skill?
Mar
5
answered How to erase ALL metadata associated with an image?
Mar
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to photograph smoke?
Mar
3
reviewed Close How to take photo in which only subject is focused
Mar
3
comment What is the name of the part that goes between a camera strap and eyelet?
I agree with Itai, I don't think this is a duplicate, though they're clearly related.
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open What is the name of the part that goes between a camera strap and eyelet?
Mar
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reviewed Close Looking for suggestions for an wide angle lens for Nikon FX
Mar
3
answered What is the name of the part that goes between a camera strap and eyelet?
Feb
28
comment Why do breathtaking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better?
I have to admit, the blues are way too strong and unnatural feeling.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
Yep, that's why I think he should rework this question a bit. However, the general feeling I get is that it's okay if the answer becomes invalid after some time, presuming that we're talking years and not days.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
@ChinmayKanchi - See the comments in this meta answer (on another site) by Robert Cartaino: meta.pets.stackexchange.com/questions/598/… in that he notes that asking about something in LA would be desirable on the site. Interesting take and Robert is a very senior SE employee.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
This is a little too opinion oriented right now. What's reliable and cheap? What's cheap for me may not be for you or vice versa. I think rephrasing this would be a good idea. It's also quite localized and we've historically shut those down. Having said that, following the advice of SE community managers on other sites, I'm reluctant to just close on that basis. Still, this question needs some work to be a good fit.
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to have colors in Milky-way?
Feb
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reviewed Close How to crop multiple pictures of papers
Feb
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reviewed No Action Needed Is there an advantage to either the Nikon D3200 or D3300 in cold weather?
Feb
22
comment Custom Background - In SLRs
I suppose it is possible that it's another, but it seems to me that you already asked this question about a year ago.
Feb
22
reviewed Close Custom Background - In SLRs
Feb
22
reviewed Leave Open Better to buy an older high-level camera or newer entry-level camera?