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


Nov
29
comment How to recharge camera battery in the wild
Product recommendations are generally off topic often because the product in question will typically have a short (relatively speaking) existence and links to it will die.
Nov
20
comment Can someone explain film speeds to me?
I guess I'm not seeing how size of film grain and it's impact on the image is the same as gain on the sensor. They're analogous, but how ISO differences are achieved in film is not how it's achieved in digital.
Nov
4
comment How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle
@Caleb - Long shutter speed gives you time to manually fire the flash. As I said, I use the test button the flash, I don't trigger it from the camera.
Nov
3
comment 1 hour photography talk for seniors
Please also review the help center to find out more information about why your questions keep getting closed.
Oct
31
comment How to take unreal looking flower shots?
I like the look, but that image was not done in camera.
Oct
15
comment Why is Nikon 13 mm f/5.6 (the Holy Grail) considered extreme?
The Nikon lens is basically known to be distortion free and also very rare, only 350 of them made.
Sep
18
comment How do I most efficiently reduce noise on images from my Olympus TG-3?
Post some samples from both if you can, though the settings would be really useful: shutter speed, ISO, and aperture at a minimum for both samples. I suspect that your ISO on the Olympus was much higher, thus introducing more noise.
Sep
11
comment Looking for sigma adaptor to canon EOS 550d
@MichaelClark - It was the links that threw me off... The question has been asked though.
Sep
10
comment Why I can See EXTRA info with the hex editor and not with an EXIF tool
As commented, the goal is determine alteration and it's not really what the title change indicated. In that event, it's a duplicate.
Sep
10
comment Which printer can print the largest PPI?
What's the problem you're actually trying to solve here?
Sep
9
comment Why does my camera turn off after taking 2 to 3 shots?
No problem, happy to help.
Aug
26
comment My laptop doesn't show Sd card, the camera says that it needs to be formated
This question is marginally on topic, but not really answerable by us. It's not directly an issue with the camera, so the simple answer is take it back.
Aug
25
comment How to know if a digital camera is doing anti-aliasing filtering?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about programming image manipulation software and not specifically about photography.
Aug
25
comment How to know if a digital camera is doing anti-aliasing filtering?
@AndyBlankertz - For Pentax, the anti-shake mechanism is on the sensor, they simply move it to emulate strengths of AA or turn it off.
Aug
22
comment How do I find the filter size for Sigma lenses?
Search for polarizer and/or filters on the site, you'll find a lot of information.
Aug
21
comment Low light photography with lens limitation
I would suggest reviewing What is the “exposure triangle”? to get an better understanding of exposure.
Aug
20
comment Why is a wacom better than mouse for retouching?
phlearn.com/use-wacom-tablet might help you past your initial issues...
Aug
17
comment Display ghost image of last photo in Live View (Canon)
More specifically, it's been locked because it has become a massive spam target with 13 attempts in the last day to edit to a spam post.
Aug
16
comment How do I choose between 24-70 f/4 and 24-105 f/4 Canon lens?
What do you mean by more advanced f-stops in this respect? I'm not really sure that this is answering the question.
Aug
16
comment What ruins undeveloped film?
Besides, odd handling and light leaks can make for some seriously interesting results. That alone can be worth the price of admission.