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by Lars Kotthoff

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bio website grumpyjohns.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 45
visits member for 4 years
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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
5
comment Why don't most cameras support PNG format?
@coneslayer - Never said it was a good option, I just noted that you can do lossless on PNG versus JPEG, so the issues of in-camera development equally apply to it and JPEG.
May
5
comment Why don't most cameras support PNG format?
PNG, being lossless, however doesn't suffer from generational loss as a result of editing in the same manner that JPEG does. So, in that aspect, I don't think it's any worse than JPEG in camera.
May
4
comment Is an EF 50mm f/1.4 the same as 50mm with an EF-S lens on a Canon 550D?
+1 you beat me to it by seconds... :)
May
2
comment Where does this reflection come from in a long exposure shot?
Have fun! Let us know if I really was correct, but I'm quite confident. :)
May
2
comment How do I set up a home portrait studio area in zero space?
Gotta agree, lack of space means a large loss of light control.
May
1
comment Why diffuse a softbox?
@Jay Lance - LOL, thanks for the bonus. ;)
Apr
30
comment Why do these NEF files appear corrupt in Adobe Bridge but fixed by opening in Photoshop?
A couple of more questions... What version of Photoshop/Bridge are you using? Is it up to date? What happens when one of these is opened in Capture NX?
Apr
29
comment What is the philosophical justification generally accepted by photographers on why they should be able to profit privately over public property?
+1 I would tend to agree except they haven't given up the right to any privacy, just certain forms of it. In other words, just because I stroll around the park doesn't mean you get to see my bank account. :)
Apr
29
comment Why diffuse a softbox?
Undeleted it under peer pressure... :)
Apr
29
comment Why diffuse a softbox?
@ysap - I generally agree, but it doesn't really add to the discussion in this case as it was a quick, off the cuff, answer and Jay's is better. Otherwise, I would have left it.
Apr
28
comment Why diffuse a softbox?
@ysap - I removed it, Jay was far more complete and expressive, so why keep it around? :)
Apr
28
comment Why diffuse a softbox?
+1 - I like your answer better than mine...
Apr
28
comment How to get good results with the built-in popup flash?
+1 Many of the mods for making it a little better can be done for basically free. However, the best way to get good results with it is to not use it. :)
Apr
27
comment How can I convert a proprietary raw image format to Adobe DNG?
@goldenmean - I shoot Pentax, they've had in-camera DNG support since the K10D.
Apr
27
comment Should I use low-end expanded ISO?
Hah, I didn't know you were a Pentax shooter. There's a surprisingly large number of us on this site.
Apr
25
comment What is the impact of light-tent size?
@Itai - Smaller is easier, it's about the only reason for going that route but if you don't need larger, it's a pretty good reason.
Apr
25
comment Why choose an 80-200mm over an 18-200mm lens?
Ah, you kids have no stamina these days! ;)
Apr
25
comment Why choose an 80-200mm over an 18-200mm lens?
@Craig Walker - This is true, I know people who have done that, myself included. However, if you do get hooked on this photography thing, you'll regret that decision... :)
Apr
24
comment Does a photographer take pictures or make pictures?
Cartier-Bresson is also quoted as saying, "Of course it's all luck." He also said, "I prowled the streets all day, feeling very strung up and ready to pounce, determined to 'trap' life - to preserve life in the act of living."
Apr
24
comment What technique and settings should I use to capture meteor showers?
@fmark - Sure. You'll get some star trails as a result, but a meteor will move much, much, faster and so you won't be confusing them.