I Dare You!

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 46
visits member for 4 years, 8 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.


Sep
2
comment How can I take photographs with a large depth of field?
@Vivek - You're welcome!
Sep
1
comment How secure is Flickr's “disable download of original image” feature?
Now you're in the realm of effort/risk to reward and I doubt there is much on Flickr that would warrant the risk. That's not an assesment of image quality, it's just an assesment that re-creating the image may be less effort and much less risk. It's been done, too, by the advertising industry.
Sep
1
comment Why does my camera's meter suggest the same exposure time for lenses with different apertures?
@whuber - I think it's still in the realm. If the zoom exposure was slightly darker at that shutter and the prime slightly brighter, than all it really is one rounded down and the other rounded up and landed on the same shutter speed.
Aug
31
comment How secure is Flickr's “disable download of original image” feature?
Not if the original is set to not allow it. The URL hack has been removed, it just bounces you to the largest available now. That's what the plugin author states as well.
Aug
31
comment How secure is Flickr's “disable download of original image” feature?
I can download any image you allow us to see, so that's fairly useless to try an block. Without devoting time to attempting hack Flickr (and risking my account and, well, jail) it's not specifically easy to say if your original can be retrieved without permission.
Aug
31
comment Why does my camera's meter suggest the same exposure time for lenses with different apertures?
Based on your update, I'm definitely sticking by my response... The average wasn't the same over the different field of view which is not unexpected unless you're shooting a uniform wall.
Aug
23
comment Which camera is more suitable for portrait taking between Canon 7D and 60d ?
+1 - The weather sealing, however, is only as good as the lens attached to the camera...
Aug
16
comment What's a concise “I'm not dangerous” phrase for a business card?
You could always try relevant parts of the US constitution and/or cite recent case law. You could also look at it as an opportunity to get rich when you sue the a$$ off someone for illegal search and seizure... I would, in a heartbeat, seriously.
Aug
14
comment Is a Tamron AF 28-300 F/3.5-6.3 with Canon 60D a wise choice for action photography?
rfusca has the answer, your suggestion is way too slow for action, you want wide apertures to enable a fast shutter in poor light.
Aug
12
comment How to calculate exposure time for Fuji Velvia RVP 50 using a DSLR spot meter?
@silkysmooth - I think you'll find that the metering in the 5d mk2 is based on the same precepts as other spot meters, I wouldn't consider it to be an issue. Anyways, your film may have good latitude on the exposure, so being out by a half stop wouldn't necessarily pose a problem. Here's the data sheet for the film: fujifilm.com/products/professional_films/pdf/… and you can use the eyeball exposure guide there to give you some confidence in the metering outcome, but I suspect you're over-worried when you don't need to be. :)
Aug
10
comment How can I reproduce this effect I created?
@Joe - You're very welcome.
Aug
6
comment How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
Well, some people get offended at edits. :)
Aug
6
comment How can I attach a lens without a collar to a tripod?
I think I would enjoy trying that lens out on my K-5. Since you're a Pentax shooter into astrophotography, you might want to consider the K-5 with the O-GPS1 unit. I have the combo and it works quite nice.
Aug
6
comment How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?
Sorry, the edit was to make it photography related, rather than implying video as that is off topic for the site.
Aug
4
comment How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens?
I tend to agree with Itai, purpose is needed.
Aug
4
comment What's the best technique and kit for taking a picture of the Milky Way in a nearly pitch black landscape?
@asalamon74 - I have it, works quite well with the Pentax K-5. I was able to get to 5 minutes at 70mm, which is quite extensive and I look forward to trying it in northern Ontario this fall when the skies are incredibly clear. For what it is, it is quite good, but it's not an equatorial mount for sure.
Aug
3
comment What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?
Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay.
Aug
2
comment When shooting a scene with a LCD or Plasma TV in it, is there a way to avoid a blueish tint on the screen?
+1 - Another option is to gel the lights, if possible. It doesn't even have to be perfect, just adding blue to the ambient light will allow for more accurate white balance on the TVs.
Aug
2
comment Tips for using the Lensbaby 3G?
@mattdm - To be honest, I haven't used it all that much. It's a lens that requires some planning because it takes some work to put it to use.
Aug
1
comment What is being set with Micro Focus Adjustment?
@ysap - I wondered that myself initially, but such is the nature of things. I'm not worried about it.