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by Lars Kotthoff

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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
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.
Mar
20
comment What software to locate duplicate photos?
@mattdm - I agree, but the old question has terrible answers...
Mar
19
comment Repair corrupt photos recovered from a flash memory card
@PhilipKendall - I don't think it's a dupe. He's recovered the files, but the files are corrupt.
Mar
16
comment Where can I find B&W film for an Imperial Satellite 127 camera?
@ChrisBarr - I think the shipping is $11, but not per roll, so unless you only want one roll... Anyways, I don't have a specific recommendation between the two. For myself, I would probably look to go the cutting route as bulk film is usually reasonable in price.
Mar
14
comment Sony Alpha 7 - Tripod and IS Damage?
Hi Alan and welcome to the site! As a comment regarding this question, you really have three in one. Ideally, we like to have each post a distinct question as that makes it easier to separate and group.
Mar
14
comment Is there a Nikon F to Sony E/FE lens adapter?
@StanRogers - Thanks for the update, I've reopened.
Mar
9
comment Should I switch from D300s to D700?
@DarkcatStudios - The D700 is still an extremely capable camera. Other than megapixels (12), it's 8 fps, 51 autofocus points, great high ISO capability, etc. This is still a very fine machine and can be had for quite a bit less than new cameras with what are really comparable specs.
Mar
3
comment What is the name of the part that goes between a camera strap and eyelet?
I agree with Itai, I don't think this is a duplicate, though they're clearly related.
Feb
28
comment Why do breathtaking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better?
I have to admit, the blues are way too strong and unnatural feeling.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
Yep, that's why I think he should rework this question a bit. However, the general feeling I get is that it's okay if the answer becomes invalid after some time, presuming that we're talking years and not days.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
@ChinmayKanchi - See the comments in this meta answer (on another site) by Robert Cartaino: meta.pets.stackexchange.com/questions/598/… in that he notes that asking about something in LA would be desirable on the site. Interesting take and Robert is a very senior SE employee.
Feb
25
comment Lens rental opportunities in the US
This is a little too opinion oriented right now. What's reliable and cheap? What's cheap for me may not be for you or vice versa. I think rephrasing this would be a good idea. It's also quite localized and we've historically shut those down. Having said that, following the advice of SE community managers on other sites, I'm reluctant to just close on that basis. Still, this question needs some work to be a good fit.
Feb
22
comment Custom Background - In SLRs
I suppose it is possible that it's another, but it seems to me that you already asked this question about a year ago.
Feb
21
comment Is the Nikon d3200 is a great choice for an entry level dSLR?
As a point of note, manuals for both cameras are available online via the Nikon website. I would suggest reading both as that would probably give you an idea of what may be better for you.
Feb
19
comment Will there be any differences which affect photography when running Windows on a Mac?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about running Windows on a Mac which is really better suited to a site like Super User where it may have already been asked.
Feb
18
comment Image bending? Light bending?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about projection.
Feb
17
comment How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?
@JesonPark - You won't solve it, you just might make it usable as a black and white photo. Follow the same steps a Bart described, but also move the saturation slide to -100. Not great, the scanner is clearly broken, but might give you something.
Feb
17
comment How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?
@BartArondson - It asked about removing the color, but it's in the face as well. As Matt noted, though, it's not really a cast, it's just a corrupted image.
Feb
17
comment How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?
I agree with @MattGrum - I tried a few avenues in PS with zero luck. At best it could be usable by black and white conversion.