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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
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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.


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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is a vertorama and is it really different from a panorama?
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reviewed Reviewed Techniques and kit to photograph graphic design print portfolio (not too costly)?
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revised Techniques and kit to photograph graphic design print portfolio (not too costly)?
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reviewed Leave Open Automatic autofocus on 600D/Rebel T3i during video mode
Jan
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comment Can an “Emotional Need” for a camera be justified?
While I appreciate the sentiment, and I do this a lot as well, it's not really suitable to the site I think. This isn't a discussion forum and that question series is a discussion topic. You might want to try using the chat features, you now have sufficient rep (assuming you don't get some down votes) to chat.
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Automatic autofocus on 600D/Rebel T3i during video mode
Jan
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reviewed Reviewed When determining exposure, is ISO typically taken into consideration secondary to aperture and shutter speed or is it equally as important?
Jan
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comment How to stop a high F number from appearing blurry?
@PatFarrell - Yes and no. The D800 is the megapixel king in the dSLR market and it's IQ is well regarded, for good reason. I think technology improvements are assisting greatly here, so it's not an either/or situation.
Jan
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reviewed Close Are there any reasons to use film cameras anymore?
Jan
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reviewed Close Why is Canon EF 24-105 available at different prices on Amazon?
Jan
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reviewed Delete EOS Utility does not detect my 550D
Jan
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reviewed Close how to neutralise exposure in Manual mode
Jan
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reviewed Close Is there a good quality pocket camera with wide aperture?
Jan
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comment Is it possible to mount a Flash on a Tripod?
Check if your flash came with a stand (both of mine did) as it usually has a tripod socket in it.
Jan
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reviewed Close What is zoom multiplication based on?
Jan
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reviewed Close Value for money Lens arsenal?
Jan
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reviewed No Action Needed how do I Auto Focus Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor to my nikon d7000
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reviewed Close Which light & Lens I have to buy for taking portfolio session & modeling?
Jan
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reviewed Close Why can I not disable full-range auto-focus in newer point-and-shoot cameras?
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reviewed Close What sites/companies are available for buying and selling used lenses?