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by Russell McMahon

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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.


Mar
29
comment What is the downside of a cheap UV filter that is used solely for the protection of the lens?
Lens hoods cut extraneous light from the sides that cause flare, a UV filter isn't going to do that for you, it's arguably going to make it worse.
Mar
27
comment What does “DMC” mean?
Is this with respect to camcorders?
Mar
26
comment Repair corrupt photos recovered from a flash memory card
OP has not been back since asking and it's not clear that he will be. As it is, we lack information to answer, but if that changes we can look to reopen
Mar
25
comment Can I activate the sensor without triggering the shutter such that a dark frame is taken?
Why does it matter if the shutter is opened? If the lens cap is in place, it should be the same really. I guess I'm missing the value of your desired approach.
Mar
25
comment Can I activate the sensor without triggering the shutter such that a dark frame is taken?
@EsaPaulasto - hmmm... done right the exposure time matches and I've taken hour plus long exposures before. That's a painful experience to say the least.
Mar
24
comment Nikon 55-200mm or 50mm
Yeah... It's a good option given the conditions.
Mar
24
comment Nikon 55-200mm or 50mm
That's a good clarity question... I don't think you can buy the D5100 new now, so I would hazard that this is her one lens.
Mar
24
comment Nikon 55-200mm or 50mm
As a consumer zoom it probably is a jack of all trades, but for her stated purposes it would be okay if she's in a budget condition. The 50mm prime is a nicer lens, but not going to help on the sports stuff.
Mar
24
comment Nikon 55-200mm or 50mm
Hmm... ignoring for the moment that it's a consumer grade lens, the 55-200 covers a pretty good range on the portrait and sports side of things. Even on a crop sensor, the tradition ranges for portrait are still good here and it's not too long for sports/wildlife. It may even be a little short depending on the subject.
Mar
24
comment Is the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 a good lens for sports and wildlife photography?
Not sure I'd be worried about high ISO on the D5100, it's pretty solid for quite a bit above ISO 400. I might hesitate a tiny bit at ISO 6400, but not likely, you can get great results there.
Mar
24
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
@Monk - Not CMYK specifically (see my answer), just noting that the model is not inherently unavailable for sensors.
Mar
24
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
Can't take credit, it got pointed out as a comment to my answer, so I went for a look.
Mar
24
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
No theory to that, Nikon and Kodak (at least) did produce CMY cameras and they were commercially available. I was a bit surprised to dig that out.
Mar
24
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
Well, as pointed out to me, the inherently part of that isn't actually true. There were cameras with CMYK based sensors, they just didn't stick around. Saw one reasonable explanation for it, but there's no technical reason that they can't exist and they clearly did.
Mar
24
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
@drfrogsplat - No idea really, they were pretty early in the game and not much made of them since.
Mar
23
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
They are since they have the filters in place. There are exceptions, of course, but the vast majority are based on the traditional bayer model. Nevertheless, I can tweak the answer to be more clear.
Mar
20
comment What camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography
I have to admit that suggesting somebody asking such a basic question consider buying equipment costing north of $18,000 seems to be suspect advice. If he's that new to the game, you might want to start him off a little less costly...
Mar
20
comment Is there a budget fish-eye for Pentax Q system?
There is an adapter for Pentax K-mount lenses to the Q-mount, giving access to more lens options, but it's more expensive than the fish-eye and wouldn't make a lot of sense unless you had K-mount lenses already or were looking to buy a Pentax dSLR as well.
Mar
20
comment What camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography
Hi Daniel. I see a couple of problems with this question... the biggest is that it's too broad, there are a lot of possible answers to it because it's not only camera/lens options, it also includes preferred subjects. Secondly, it has a strong potential to be opinion based, rather than entirely factual, and is going to result in answers with a brand bias that can lead to debate.
Mar
20
comment What software to locate duplicate photos?
Hardly a rousing consensus on that meta question... that duplicate is 3 years old and not well answered. In fact, if they were recent answers, half of them would be deleted especially any answer that says Google it. At any rate, the OP doesn't have the rep to entice interest in it and given the age, I'm not sure it would attract anyways.