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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.


May
24
comment Glass photograph
@PhilipKendall - I think you may be missing the point: it's not listed as off topic and the on topic list isn't expected to be exhaustive. In any event, "the process of making photos" is not the sum scope of our site, it includes history, societal impact, and has even included things like pricing in the past.
May
24
comment Glass photograph
@PhilipKendall - Maybe I missed it, but where in the help section or meta does it say that sort of question is off topic and only the process of making photos is?
May
24
comment How can I confirm focus with a Nikkor 70-300 lens on a D3000?
Hi there, as Matt noted, shopping style questions are generally off topic for us, but the first part of your questions is a good one. I've edited your question to keep the on topic part, but once you get a bit of reputation you can join us in the Photography Chat room and ask some shopping questions there.
May
23
comment How can I sharpen edges of teeth in dental radiographs?
The reason for the imaging doesn't necessarily make it off topic. However, the answer to this question is easily found by looking at the sharpening and noise-reduction tags on the site for help.
May
22
comment Photos messed up after copying from a usb drive
I agree with Matt and I would suggest that you might want to read the relevant portion of our Help for some additional consideration.
May
20
comment Why push/pull zoom is not widespread?
Lens creep for zooms happens even when they're not push/pull, it just depends on the lens.
May
11
comment Tips and resources for nightime shots with a mirrorless camera?
@inkista - I shoot with a D800, APS-C is a smaller sensor. :)
May
11
comment Tips and resources for nightime shots with a mirrorless camera?
Use the tag system (see link at top) and the search.
May
10
comment Tips and resources for nightime shots with a mirrorless camera?
Have you looked at the general questions on the site around low light and astro photography? That you're shooting smaller sensor isn't really going to change any of the basics.
May
10
comment What justifies the double price of zoom lenses?
One zoom is probably much lighter and cheaper than carrying a bag full of primes that cover the same range. :)
May
9
comment Online photo contest organizer
This might be better asked on the software recommendations site.
May
8
comment Mirrorless Camera for Landscape, Low Light and Long Exposure
Hmm... Well aces, DP Review would be a place to start. As an aside, multiple accounts is a bit frowned upon, you might want to settle on one of them.
May
8
comment Mirrorless Camera for Landscape, Low Light and Long Exposure
Read the wiki on the tags. For example: This tag should not be used for shopping questions. The reason is that the answer become useless in a short window and so that doesn't add to the long term value of the site. There are camera hardware sites with nice feature searches, that is their purpose.
Apr
28
comment Camera setup with welding glass
I'm sure this is a duplicate of a bunch of things, but I'm entirely unclear as to what is being asked here...
Apr
27
comment Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget
Have a look at this question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/7487/…
Apr
20
comment Help to choose lens
Please learn to use the search feature, every question you have asked has been closed.
Apr
18
comment Pentax to Canon EOS
I suspect the question here contains the link you're looking for: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/5692/pentax-to-canon-adapter
Apr
17
comment Can I use the Samsung Nx300 in bulb mode without continually holding the shutter?
Bulb mode is shutter held open until you release it, that's the point...
Apr
15
comment studio lighting placement for small objects in product photography
As an aside, if those don't entirely answer your question, please do ask new ones to clarify.
Apr
15
comment studio lighting placement for small objects in product photography
Hi there... I think your questions have been answered already on the site as linked by connersz. Also, just for future, please try to keep your questions separate so that appropriate answers can be made for each.