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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.


Jul
28
comment What is being set with Micro Focus Adjustment?
@ysap - Lenses have moving parts and moving parts have variance and they won't be the same. I'm also not sure it's a closed loop, but I don't have the knowledge to say for sure.
Jul
12
comment How can I reopen a file in Photoshop Camera Raw node?
That wasn't specifically what you asked, however ACR will retain changes made by it, but not changes from Photoshop. That's my understanding, at least, but you may want to ask on a more dedicated Photoshop site.
Jul
10
comment This doesn't seem very sharp…is this normal?
@Ilari Kajaste - if your monitor is displaying at 96 dpi it is a very coarse display (good printing is more than 3 times that density) and will look soft as a result especially at the distances we sit at. Google "pixel peeping" to see what I mean.
Jul
10
comment This doesn't seem very sharp…is this normal?
I wouldn't expect a 100% view on a monitor to look all that sharp up close, that's expecting too much from the monitor.
Jul
8
comment What's a good starter book on photographer Yousuf Karsh?
@AJ - No problem, posted as an answer.
Jul
8
comment What's a good starter book on photographer Yousuf Karsh?
@Stan - Yeah, I really liked it. It wasn't a book, so I didn't post as an answer, but I figured it was of interest anyways.
Jul
7
comment Dust on the sensor, should I be worried?
possible duplicate of Should I be worried about getting dust inside my SLR?
Jul
7
comment What's a good starter book on photographer Yousuf Karsh?
Not a book, specifically, but visit karsh.org for some really good info. His anecdotes are awesome.
Jul
5
comment How can I get sharp macro photos like this example?
+1 - I might make that last argument after having been swarmed by the darn things on the weekend up at the Luther Marsh!
Jun
19
comment Why am I getting poor AF results with my Pentax K10D?
@tblachowicz - I don't really remember that being an issue with my K10D, but it's been a while. The K20D and up offer the ability focus adjust in the regular camera menus, so if lenses are not focussing correctly, adjustments can be made. Having said that, I've yet to use it on the K20D or K-5 myself.
Jun
18
comment How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?
@SimonStelling - I wouldn't bother, especially if the camera outcome is, well, not that good. I realize that you had an extremely noisy sample there, but the result out of the camera looked like someone dumped mud on it. Just let your eyes guide you, you'll do fine.
Jun
18
comment How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?
+1 - Topaz and Nik both have plugins to do it.
Jun
18
comment Is blu-ray a good long term storage option for photos?
+1 - I have to agree, especially on your last sentance. If I was using blu-ray, I'd already have a stack of discs instead of a couple of nice, and easy to use, 1TB hard drives that I keep mirrored.
Jun
17
comment Triggering Canon Speedlite manually
Test button is used for measurement of light, so it would be surprising if it didn't give the expected power.
Jun
17
comment Triggering Canon Speedlite manually
+1 - I used to do that, though now I just use radio triggers and hold the transmitter to use its test button. Lets me move the flash around a lot more as well as use more flashes.
Jun
17
comment What are good exercises for learning Portrait Photography?
+1 - Good thoughts, though it's important that the "model" isn't too reflective.
Jun
17
comment Are all kit lenses poor? (And if so, why?)
@Itai - Value for money is a reasonable measurement and can be considered a factor for a lot of consumers.
Jun
17
comment Are all kit lenses poor? (And if so, why?)
@Itai - I also noted that the review was quite good, I didn't say that about the lens. Having said that, I had then lens once and it was definitely a cut above some.
Jun
17
comment Are all kit lenses poor? (And if so, why?)
@Itai - Its all relative, but there are lenses that carry much bigger prices and suck far harder. Like I said, it's no superstar, but for the price, it is miles beyond the competition.
Jun
16
comment How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?
Which is which? I would assume the first is the raw image, but maybe not.