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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
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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.


Apr
19
comment Why are images shot in monochrome mode in color when I download them?
Are you shooting RAW or JPEG?
Apr
19
comment Is there modded firmware available for Fujifilm Finepix S1?
I'm not sure I'm convinced, but I'm willing to wait to see how the broader community views it.
Apr
13
comment Why is only Nikon not readily available in airport duty free shops?
I've seen them at Heathrow and a few others.
Apr
12
comment What are the key things to think about when photographing jewelry?
Sorry, this is not too broad. It's been around for almost 5 years and has 7 reasonable answers that provide advice to help newcomers in this arena.
Apr
11
comment How to get more clarity and less shadow when photographing jewelry?
Have you looked at How do I improve the results of photos taken in a light-box?
Apr
11
comment Can I use old filters from SLR film cameras on newer DSLR cameras?
He's talking about lens filters though, not gels for lighting.
Apr
11
comment Can I use old filters from SLR film cameras on newer DSLR cameras?
That's a general problem for filters, not specifically an issue with older ones.
Apr
9
comment Why do superzoom designs keep expanding on the telephoto rather than wide-angle end?
@Gnubie - Beyond a certain focal length on 35mm cameras, you'll notice that lenses tend to be fisheye and then people use defishing software to correct the distortion. The reason for this is that they drop the distortion correction lenses and that makes them less complex.
Apr
9
comment Can I use old filters from SLR film cameras on newer DSLR cameras?
@SailorCire - Flaws in the glass or the coating could lead to odd flares and light patterns. They may all be really good, but if some are not, then they may still be fun under the right circumstances.
Apr
9
comment Can I use old filters from SLR film cameras on newer DSLR cameras?
Of course, older filters may result in some interesting side effects as a result. Could be fun just for that reason. :)
Apr
6
comment Pictures start in focus then go out of focus?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Mar
29
comment How do I create emphasis with a single color in a B&W image?
As an aside, folks, he didn't ask what the effect was, he asked how to get it. The originally selected "duplicate" question didn't answer that.
Mar
29
comment How do I create emphasis with a single color in a B&W image?
There are additional descriptions of how to do this for other photo editing tools, just click on the selective_color tag to find them.
Mar
28
comment Does a photographer take pictures or make pictures?
The term "making a photo" isn't new, Ansel Adams coined the term decades ago and even had a book in 1935 called "Making a Photograph" that was widely distributed. Rather than assuming elitism is behind it, you might consider that it's trying to tell you something about how to think about the subject that you're photographing.
Mar
23
comment What is a “pseudo mannequin”?
Hard to tell, but in the sample shot there appears to be a wire frame across the back. Perhaps it's a wireframe mannequin, but not being sure, I can't really supply it as an answer. I don't think I've ever heard that term before...
Mar
22
comment What is the difference between levels, curves and contrast settings in post processing?
@chuqui - I have to admit that I'm failing to see the duplication.
Mar
18
comment Can anyone identify the silver rangefinder-style camera in this advertisement?
Nicely found, I was beginning to think it was a fake prop.
Mar
15
comment How can I recreate the Instagram Filter “Slumber”?
I think the Instagram filter is adding a slight haze to the image, creating a softness to the look. Reminds be a bit of the glamor glow in Nik's Color Efex.
Mar
13
comment EyeFi doesn't support CF cards. Are there any alternatives that do?
@mattdm - I've updated to the latest information. Looks like it's now coming to a CF card near you... :)
Mar
12
comment Is the build-quality of the Canon 60D as good as the 40D?
@Stuart - as mentioned by Matt: What you need to do is merge your accounts - the guest one and your new one. To do that, go here: photo.stackexchange.com/help/merging-accounts