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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
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Software architect and developer, currently Senior Manager, Software Engineering at a financial institution 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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comment how can I attach geotagged photos to my own specific google map?
Does this answer your question: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/5916/…
Jun
9
comment What caused “silver eye” instead of red eye, and what can I do about it?
@SailorCire - Answering part of the problem is perfectly acceptable, and encouraged, here.
Jun
9
comment Why do so many photographers still use flash and noisy cameras in concerts?
I have to admit that I'm struggling to see this as anything other than a rant disguised as a question and there isn't really a real question here, more of a discussion topic that might be better suited to chat.
Jun
5
comment Why does changing the aperture setting on my Nikon D80 not change the image?
Sample images would be helpful I think... When extremely close it can often be hard to see the difference since they'll all look very shallow.
Jun
5
comment How does HDR movie work?
Sorry, more appropriately on the video site.
Jun
4
comment Save all color editings as a mapping in Photoshop?
@JDługosz - You might be able to use the reference image as a way of setting up the original with adjustments. A bit fussy, but might get you close.
May
26
comment What is this screw on top of my tripod?
It's not covered by the earlier question, the earlier question asks about a standard for the tripod mount, this question doesn't know what is expected to be attached. I don't see the duplication.
May
25
comment Nikon D3200 lens upgrade
You don't need to ask a question twice.
May
23
comment Video tutorial about how lenses work
List questions are generally a poor fit for the site and a question like this is very likely to suffer from link rot.
May
21
comment Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?
@Jakub - I'll be curious to see your results, you may need to play around with it a bit.
May
18
comment Which portfolio hosting services offer swipe navigation on mobile devices?
Sorry, it's also a product/service recommendation and we generally exclude them because they're seldom long lived. I think that will be true for this as well, as sites catch up and improve their mobile experience.
May
18
comment Which portfolio hosting services offer swipe navigation on mobile devices?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it isn't about photography. I've also removed the bounty.
May
17
comment When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?
Do you have a sample image? That's always helpful.
May
9
comment Reverse ring sizes
Please don't use answers to request additional information, use comments for that.
May
7
comment Pocketwizards vs wireless transmitters?
Why do you think Pocketwizard isn't a wireless transmitter/receiver system?
May
4
comment Why would exposure settings be very different for the same scene between full-frame and APS-C (using a 10-stop ND filter)?
Did you have the same metering settings and did you focus on the same things? You didn't mention if the two images came out looking similar in overall exposure.
May
2
comment What type of USB cable is this? / Panasonic TZ40
@SailorCire - Comments are not for answers.
Apr
29
comment Lightroom 6 and “Hardware acceleration”
Have you tried disabling the lesser adapter altogether?
Apr
23
comment Is there any hope for Exif TimeZoneOffset as a standard?
More specifically, I'm not sure I see the photographic relevance of the question.
Apr
23
comment Why is the bottom half my picture black when shooting with Cowboy Studio remote triggers?
Also, I've encountered minor lag with radio triggers when on the fastest sync speed before and so I often dial it back a touch to account for it. The better the trigger quality, the less this is likely to happen.