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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
visits member for 3 years, 9 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.


Apr
16
comment Is there a camera bag with extra space that I use as an airplane carry-on?
@rumtscho - I probably wouldn't want to carry it on long hikes, it is good for travel purposes though and I still use it extensively.
Apr
16
comment Are Kata bags worth their price?
"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it." - Publius Syrius
Apr
15
comment Are there high-class photographers that never use editing software?
I'd personally love to meet the photographer that can produce good results for every single shot. I don't think such a person actually exists, however.
Apr
14
comment Is there an online Encyclopedia of Photographic Methods/Techniques, better than that in Wikipedia?
Hey, give us time, we just got started less than a year ago!
Apr
14
comment Should I shoot underexposed photos?
@mmr - I'm not sold on ETTR either. Matt's post is one reason, I've read this before since I'm a K-5 shooter, but my own experience suggests that as well: grumpyjohns.com/2010/pentax_k-5_and_an_exposure_oops
Apr
13
comment How do I find the right size of filters for a lens?
@Mattia - The job of the polarizer is to absorb certain polarized light so it can't but reduce the amount of light coming through.
Apr
13
comment How do I find the right size of filters for a lens?
It looks like it... Close enough for government work. :)
Apr
12
comment Which piece of equipment is holding me back?
@jrista - For sure... But 10 years down the road when he's using the bazillion megapixel Canon Super D(o everything), those lenses will still be useful. :)
Apr
11
comment Which piece of equipment is holding me back?
@MDaubs - IS is important if your shutter speeds are slow, but if you're shooting action, you may have less of a need for it since you'll want shutter speeds above the focal length of the lenses anyways. Great if you can spend the extra dough for it, but I would necessarily worry about not having it.
Apr
11
comment Which piece of equipment is holding me back?
@whuber - Ah good point on the resolution, I was thinking it was 14mp for some reason...
Apr
11
comment Why is the blue channel the noisiest?
@jrista - ha ha, that's hilarious!
Apr
10
comment Why is the blue channel the noisiest?
You might fnd this of interest: micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/digitalimaging/concepts/… (nutshell answer is less sensitive to blue). Too much tech in it for weekend light reading for me. ;)
Apr
8
comment How do I get a photo of the required 300dpi or for a 24x36" vinyl banner?
I pretty much drool from the Pentax 645D upwards... Though that one, at least, is within the realm of possibility for me. The Phase 1 option is, well, stunning, but probably not likely to land in my hands without a lottery win.
Apr
8
comment Do professionals all edit their pictures heavily?
Marc Adamus rather looks a lot like the Dave Hill of landscape. Some pretty stunning shots there.
Apr
7
comment How to control “starbursts” around light sources?
@rfusca - No, this isn't a false aperture over the front of the lens, so it's not quite the same as shaped bokeh. In this case, it's either a grating in the filter or prisms that cause the effect, not the aperture shape.
Apr
7
comment How to control “starbursts” around light sources?
+1 - At first I was thinking a star filter, but I think you have it. The points on the star line up with the number of aperture blades in the lens used for the shot.
Apr
6
comment Servicing my equipment in one of Canon USA Service Centers
All I can say is... Ouch. Unfortunately, I can't offer advice on a Canon service center, but hopefully they can fix it up for you.
Apr
5
comment What are good techniques for photographing newborns?
+1 - I'll also add that if the photos are done sans clothing, a hairdryer is a must for keeping the baby warm. As an added bonus, the hum of the dryer is usually soothing as well.
Apr
4
comment How to take fast-shutter-speed photos that aren't dark?
+1 - The technique I always use is darkness, low ISO (100), long shutter, and a short flash burst wirelessly controlled. At this point I can pull 500 usable images out of 600 shutter actuations (which is about a 30 minute water drop session for me).
Apr
4
comment My 16GB SDHC card capacity shrinks from 400 something to 230 something?
To heck with science, if you got an 800 GB card, I'm interested in it!