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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 Reviewed How to calculate the size of the image circle at infinity focus?
Dec
10
reviewed Reviewed EOS Utility does not detect my 550D
Dec
10
comment EOS Utility does not detect my 550D
I was going to edit, but I'm really not sure what you mean by "helped the hind" here...
Dec
9
comment Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?
@MichaelNielsen - Reviews versus practical reality are different. I think the 100-400mm is probably going to produce very good results, especially when stopped down to f/8 (very reasonable in the African sun), it is stabilized, and will be still be longer than the 70-200mm with the 1.4x TC. To get to the same reach with the 70-200mm lens, you'd need to use the 2x TC, but you give up AF on the 600D when you do it. Having that reach with African wildlife can be a huge bonus. The Sigma option that Itai mentions is good too, I have the Pentax version.
Dec
9
answered Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?
Dec
9
comment D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
@camflan - I had heard that, especially about the D800, but I think that lower quality lenses were being exposed on cameras with less resolution already and so was poor technique to be fair. A lot of D800 chatter was based on the medium format density and a lot of speculation that MF technique would be needed, but I don't think it played out that way. At any rate, my first Nikon lens purchase was on the recommended list for the D800 and, to be honest, so are the rest of my desired lenses, so I may never really know for sure...
Dec
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the difference between shooting with different (but similar in quality) lenses at same focal length?
Dec
9
reviewed Reviewed Resizing large size images retaining good quality for the web
Dec
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reviewed Reviewed What are hidden-gem “bang for the buck” lenses for Nikon?
Dec
9
reviewed Leave Open Is it physically possible to build a long zoom (17-300 mm for example) at an aperture value of around 1.4 or 1.2?
Dec
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reviewed Reviewed Focusing on moving target with large aperature?
Dec
6
comment D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
@dpollitt - I wouldn't call it a disadvantage, but it's definitely a consideration when using it in a situation where certain levels of detail are actually less desired. As for file size, not really that bad (50mb an image usually), but it depends on your capacity for dealing with them I suppose.
Dec
6
reviewed Reviewed Can I delete an Aperture Library after importing it into another one?
Dec
6
comment D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
@MattGrum I didn't say it was, I just noted that it may mean more retouching. :) I use the D800, it's scary the amount of detail that comes in and a few D800 portrait photographers have commented on this, not as a negative, but something to be aware of.
Dec
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why are my printed photos coming out smudged and crazy looking?
Dec
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reviewed Close Best location for group photo near canals in Amsterdam
Dec
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revised D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
added 131 characters in body
Dec
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comment D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
The D600 oil/dust issue is readily addressed, I don't think that's a purchasing factor now.
Dec
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answered D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer
Dec
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What quality to choose when converting to JPG?