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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
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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.


Aug
12
comment How are these clothes pictures being photographed?
@MikeW - I thought that too, but they didn't looked filled in, so I think the question is more about the background.
Aug
8
comment Why is there a grid pattern of darker pixels in this twilight sky flat field?
Question has been asked and answer on another site.
Aug
7
comment How much skill and effort (in the process of taking a photo) is needed to have copyright over it?
I can't see how this couldn't be opinion-based since there hasn't been a legal ruling on this yet. Now, the one thing we should all be worried about is a court siding with Wikimedia on this because the implication to users of event-based triggers such as sound or laser triggers.
Aug
3
comment Nikon Coolpix 885 not saving to new 8gb memory card
@JamesSnell - Good point, I didn't look up the camera. I tend to agree with your answer then, the camera simply won't handle it.
Aug
3
comment Nikon Coolpix 885 not saving to new 8gb memory card
I'm struggling to understand why you think "everything seems to work well" when you're not getting any images on the card, that seems the opposite. Have you tried formatting the card in the camera? Without a partition that doesn't seem to make any sense?
Aug
1
comment Filtering out RED light from a white LED source
@BShaw - Videography is still off topic to this site.
Jul
11
comment What are the international translations for Canon DSLR body names?
As evidenced by the answers not being maintained, this is not a good question for the site.
Jul
11
comment What are the international translations for Canon DSLR body names?
Undeleted. It's a wiki answer anyways and, surprise-surprise, Wikipedia is up to date and the accepted answer is not.
Jul
9
comment Tripod With Horizontal Attachment
Going cheap on a tripod is seldom a good idea...
Jul
3
comment Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
@KendallHelmstetterGelner - Presuming it actually happens... Reminds me of my days using Pentax when we all assumed that full frame was coming real soon now and never did. His choice, of course, but if we wants to get on LR now, then I don't really see much of another way.
Jul
3
comment Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
@KendallHelmstetterGelner - Once in a standard format, such as TIFF (or DNG if Apple provided that) then it would be fine. The sliders translate to adjustments that would understandable when it was said and done. In any event, without a tool from Apple or Adobe, TIFF seems to be the best "right now" option.
Jul
2
comment How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?
Did you watch the video? The octa was up high and in front, the hair light was to the rear, and he had a reflector from below. After that, it's pretty clear the image has been retouched. Also, eyes are the guide to light, don't cut them out, it makes no sense.
Jul
1
comment Leaving Apple Aperture for Adobe Lightroom, is there any way to avoid losing my photo adjustments?
Are your images JPG or raw?
Jun
30
comment RGB colour correction of CCD camera images
Sorry, but I think it's very borderline and slightly on the wrong side of it. This appears to be for a barcode scanning application and I'm not really seeing how this will help photographers.
Jun
20
comment Is there a situation in which taking exposure bracketed photos at only the widest separation (±3EV) doesn't work?
@KartickVaddadi - Your question notes low light and long exposure, which implies something other than fast daylight, so noise is a factor. Besides which, the more general answer(s) to the larger audience should consider it in any event for the topic to be of use to the photographic community.
Jun
17
comment Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution
This is a legal question, however its answer is something I think is blazingly obvious in every sense of the word.
Jun
13
comment Automatically mask out of focus part of an image
It's never been edited.
Jun
9
comment How to recreate the perspective and field of view of an existing photo?
Okay, no worries, I wanted to trigger a response. So, the problem is, the questions do match. Can you refocus this question to cover ground that you think is missing? I'm happy to reopen if you're able to do that.
Jun
9
comment How to recreate the perspective and field of view of an existing photo?
I'm going to assume it does since you didn't respond and have been back since I asked.
Jun
9
comment How to recreate the perspective and field of view of an existing photo?
Does the question linked by @mhlester answer for you? The bodies of the question are basically the same.