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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.


Mar
10
comment Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?
Modeling light is handy for shadow and highlight determination visually, but it's not make or break there because the intensity levels are not always high enough to get a really good sense of how sharp or diffuse those shadows will be depending on ambient light.
Mar
7
comment How can I upload photos rejected as corrupted to Blurb Books?
Are the file sizes of the rejected images much larger than the ones that succeeded?
Mar
5
comment Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?
Not sure where you heard that Pentax cameras aren't too great, comparatively, but I might suggest that you ignore their advice in the future because it's almost a polar opposite at the same price point. The list of cameras you have there are quite old, current Pentax cameras are amongst the best going.
Feb
27
comment Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?
Sorry Matt, protected this to avoid the flood off the Internet treating the site as a discussion forum.
Feb
25
comment What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather?
@Robin - I suggest looking at the posting date... However, rating is service recommendation by the manufacturer. Check your manual.
Feb
16
comment Should I buy a compact, SLR, or DSLR camera?
@AndréDaniel - Please don't use comments to answer a question. Use the answer functionality for it.
Feb
15
comment Performance of large libraries
Generally, as mentioned, we prefer to avoid compound questions here. I think both of your questions are answered though, but if there is still something you'd like known beyond that, please ask a new question. As an aside, 15K images isn't really that large a library, mine exceeds 50K and I know others that have way more than I do.
Feb
14
comment What publicly-accessible high-elevation photography-locations exist in New York City?
@Itai - No, no tripods that I saw. There are some ledges that you can probably use for stability. Also, depending on the camera, you might be able to use a Gorilla pod. Failing all that, the classic "string tripod" will work.
Feb
13
comment What publicly-accessible high-elevation photography-locations exist in New York City?
@vclaw - I took a dSLR (Pentax K-5) up there without a problem. What they're trying to avoid is commercial photography. Besides, there are plenty of "professional" cameras that don't look it...
Feb
8
comment GoPro 4 or Canon for photos of northern lights?
Can or can't take pictures in the dark? Your question is a little unclear really.
Feb
6
comment What type of lens is more suitable for this type of portrait shot on railroad tracks?
See: meta.photo.stackexchange.com/a/1806/472
Feb
6
comment What type of lens is more suitable for this type of portrait shot on railroad tracks?
It's generally considered appropriate to cite the sources for those images as, based on your question, we know they're not yours.
Feb
5
comment How can I bring out the texture and sheen on a model's clothing?
You don't upload them through the comments, just edit your own question to add the images. Also, please, don't "shout" in comments or questions. All caps text is not desired.
Feb
5
comment How much flare should I expect with a Hoya HMC Filter?
Are you talking about the ghosting that's visible down the wall a bit? That's a side effect of having a filter, it's reflection, not flare.
Feb
5
comment How can I bring out the texture and sheen on a model's clothing?
A sample of what you shot and how you lit it would be a good start to enabling us to help you.
Feb
1
comment Will a 50mm EF lens give the same result as a 50mm EF-S lens?
Despite the edit, I closed this. The question is now 4, which isn't a good option on the site and the answers have lost context as a result. The first posting is a duplicate, I think that's fairly clear. Having said that, you could ask your new question(s) separate from this presuming that they haven't been asked before.
Jan
10
comment How to make ordinary extra-ordinary without juxtaposition?
I'm still not sure I understand what you're asking here... Is this a real question or are you attempting to use the Socratic method to teach?
Dec
30
comment Why does an exported JPG image from RawTherapee have much more noise?
Also, have a look here: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/53904/…
Dec
30
comment Why does an exported JPG image from RawTherapee have much more noise?
I'm not seeing where the noise issue is either... Are you sure that your JPEG settings aren't resulting in compression artifacts? What export settings are you using?
Dec
30
comment How to Get a Whiter Background when Taking Photos Against An Off White Wall?
@Leon -- Most people using P&S probably don't have appropriate lighting gear for that purpose, so I took that as light for the background (or overexpose) and then light for the banner and merge after. (As an aside, use the "@" before the name and you will notify the person)