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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.


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reviewed Looks OK What is term for the opposite of “Dragging the Shutter”?
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reviewed Close How to shoot stars much bigger without trails?
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reviewed Approve How do lens lineups vary across Mirrorless camera systems?
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reviewed Close Which Lightroom 4.3 import presets will best replicate Nikon's Vivid Picture control setting?
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reviewed Close Why won't an online service print 16x20 from an 8 megapixel cell phone photo?
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reviewed Close I want to upgrade my Canon Rebel T2i. Any recommendations?
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reviewed Close Olympus and/or Four-Thirds resources?
Feb
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reviewed Leave Open Why isn't it safe to use EF-S lenses on fullframe?
Feb
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reviewed Leave Closed Why does a higher ISO hinder higher video bitrates in Magic Lantern?
Feb
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comment How do I compare a continuous light panel's brightness vs. flash through a softbox?
One thing to remember if you're going continuous is that the light is now impacted by shutter speed. Continuous light is like ambient, it hangs around for the full range of the shutter and that's not true of a flash. Not necessarily a problem, but something to bear in mind because some techniques are now out as a result (e.g. dragging the shutter).
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answered Is it safe to manually-focus the Nikon 18-105 while in autofocus mode?
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reviewed No Action Needed How do I activate wireless flash control with a Canon 60D?
Feb
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reviewed Close Is there a people/face recognition filter for Lightroom?
Feb
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reviewed Close How to take photos of light rays
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reviewed Satisfactory What is important when taking a professional profile picture?
Feb
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reviewed Satisfactory How to operate Nikon D300 in Bulb mode with the ML-3 IR remote
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reviewed Excellent How to hold the lens cap?
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reviewed Excellent Will a 50mm f/1.8 work for general outdoor photography?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is this the level of sharpness and detail I can expect from a Nikon D7000 and 18-105mm lens?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Exporting in Photoshop to original camera resolution