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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
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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.


May
8
comment Mirrorless Camera for Landscape, Low Light and Long Exposure
Read the wiki on the tags. For example: This tag should not be used for shopping questions. The reason is that the answer become useless in a short window and so that doesn't add to the long term value of the site. There are camera hardware sites with nice feature searches, that is their purpose.
Apr
28
comment Camera setup with welding glass
I'm sure this is a duplicate of a bunch of things, but I'm entirely unclear as to what is being asked here...
Apr
27
comment Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget
Have a look at this question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/7487/…
Apr
20
comment Help to choose lens
Please learn to use the search feature, every question you have asked has been closed.
Apr
18
comment Pentax to Canon EOS
I suspect the question here contains the link you're looking for: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/5692/pentax-to-canon-adapter
Apr
17
comment Can I use the Samsung Nx300 in bulb mode without continually holding the shutter?
Bulb mode is shutter held open until you release it, that's the point...
Apr
15
comment studio lighting placement for small objects in product photography
As an aside, if those don't entirely answer your question, please do ask new ones to clarify.
Apr
15
comment studio lighting placement for small objects in product photography
Hi there... I think your questions have been answered already on the site as linked by connersz. Also, just for future, please try to keep your questions separate so that appropriate answers can be made for each.
Apr
9
comment Clarity filter in Photoshop
You're misunderstanding, see answer below.
Apr
9
comment Clarity filter in Photoshop
It is available as a filter in a Photoshop CC via the use of the ACR facilities as a filter direct from within Photoshop.
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.