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bio website grumpyjohns.com
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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.


Feb
9
comment Can I tether a Firewire only camera to a USB only computer?
@DarkcatStudios - I suspect that you won't be able to control the camera properly via the adapter, but I'd be curious to hear if it works.
Feb
9
comment Can I tether a Firewire only camera to a USB only computer?
See my comment link in the other answer. Pinnacle made a device that would take firewire and convert to USB. Direct cable, no, but certainly with a device. However, it's probably not usable for tethering control purposes.
Feb
9
comment Can I tether a Firewire only camera to a USB only computer?
Firewire to USB exists... wisegeek.com/what-is-a-firewire-to-usb-adapter.htm
Feb
5
comment FinePix S5700 reports memory full
Please keep it courteous as per our help guidelines.
Feb
4
comment How to compare two different cameras in regard to a low light performance?
Thanks for the edit, much better.
Jan
30
comment How to prepare a photo for fundraising auction?
There's a whole lot missing here, but to start: what kind of fundraising? How big an event? What's the expected sale price? What has been done in the past or is this a new event? How many people will be there? To be honest, as it is, I think this question is way too broad.
Jan
27
comment Can I get iPhoto to fit photos to the screen?
For an 1800x1200 photo on a 1920x1200 display I would doubt any upscaling has happened, it already fits vertically.
Jan
27
comment Can I get iPhoto to fit photos to the screen?
Most apps that I've used, when a "fit to screen" option is selected, will only downscale images and not do the reverse. Why would you want to? It likely won't look as good. As a note, LR doesn't upscale the image to fit either, I just checked on my Mac. Since I don't use iPhoto, I can't absolutely say and so won't post as an answer, but I doubt such an option exists.
Jan
26
comment What is the typical post processing work flow for amateur photographers?
What makes you think there's a typical work flow? :) It might be useful to know what tools you have, such as Lightroom or iPhoto, etc.
Jan
23
comment rule of thirds difficulty to focus
I think the question linked by Matt probably answers this.
Jan
22
comment How AF works with lenses f/2.8 vs f/4
Well, the D90 only has one cross-type sensor anyways, so the faster lens isn't going to help with AF performance, but could give you lower ISO. Body upgrade makes more sense to me.
Jan
22
comment Yellowing effect on Canon Rebel
@Phoenix14830 - White balance in the camera is based on the scene, so it can be fooled and older cameras are even more susceptible to it. If you know what the dominate light is, then you can just pick it. If you shoot in RAW format, then you can pick it after the fact and not lose anything.
Jan
14
comment Nikkor 55-300 VS 70-300 VR
These two lens options have been contrasted a couple of times here, so I think that covers the needs. In addition, I think this question is phrased a little too opinion oriented.
Jan
13
comment Use Nikon D3100 in snow
Responding to community flag, please use chat for prolonged discussions.
Jan
12
comment Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera
Adapters that add glass alter the performance of the lens.
Jan
12
comment Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera
Edited to include the P setting will have the pin.
Jan
11
comment How do I adjust the depth of an anaglyph 3D image?
@Itai - That was my original thought, but producing anaglyphs from photographs would be just as on topic as producing a print.
Jan
11
comment How to know the F-Stop in a Webcam?
Looks like a better question for our Audio-Video Prodiction site.
Jan
8
comment What can I do about Pentax superzoom 18-270 autofocus problems?
You can also disable focus priority, which will enable the shutter, but it may really not be in focus. I suspect that part of the problem is the much older AF system and that superzooms are often slow, so it performs very poorly in lower light.
Jan
7
comment Why am I getting poor AF results with my Pentax K10D?
@PhilipKendall - Actually, it does, it's a hack to get into the camera debug menu and tweak the AF settings. Many Pentax users know about this. At any rate, the shouting was a little much, I wish caps locks were removed.