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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.


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.
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - By definition, yes, file conversion is alteration, that's inescapable. Meaningful alteration? That's speculation, depends on other actions.
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - Also, he mentioned it was with an iPhone. AFAIK, the native camera app does not save PNG.
May
31
comment Does a .png file extension on an iPhone image mean that the photo was edited or altered in any way?
@MichaelClark - I made some edits to remove the legal-speculative angle, so it's back to the heart of what you're looking to answer. However, I would request that you avoid using comments to answer. Please use the editing and voting system as means to bring a question back, comments are very likely to be deleted, especially if they're used to replace answering.
May
24
comment Glass photograph
grr... iPad selection, ignore chat request... :) Anyways, @PhillipKendall, if you can review the history of the review queues, you would find that I'm not alone either.
May
24
comment Glass photograph
Also, I would suggest that the valuation of photographs, regardless of age, is of relevant interest to photographers...
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.