Artist Spotlight #22

Submitted by Piner 01/21/07 12:57 AM GMT

The first of this year's Artist Spotlights features a member that started with posting computer graphics, but then moved on to photography and he has really excelled in that medium. Without further ado, let me introduce to you, the person whose parents named him Carl, but we all know him as d_spin_9. Be sure to browse through his gallery and leave him some feedback on his works.

Thank you everyone for the nominiation.

Now I will observe tradition, and tell you all the boring details of my existence and involvement with this site.

I am a 2nd year Mech Engineering student at the University of Calgary. (yes, living at home) . I have been posting to this website for almost 3 years now. I began more with the CG kinda graphics stuff, but soon grew bored of that and got into more serious photography. I use a Nikon D70, with a 50mm 1.8, a Sigma 10-20mm, and the Nikkor 80-200 2.8. its all great stuff, and an expensive hobby, as I'm sure most of you are aware.

Lately my photography has slowed somewhat, this could be attributed to many causes, few of which are symbiotic with photography. XC-skiing, canoeing, and Rock Climbing are pretty much the only activities of mine which are photogenic. Other than that I am kept busy with one of the following:

-Girlfriend (the one and only Kim)

-InterVaristy Christian Fellowship (think university youth, lotsa fun)

-Homework (but that's overrated anyways)




-Piano (ya right, I never do that anymore)

My most favorite artist on this site is Milo_Anderson. I've known him since before I could walk, so I'll admit it's not really fair to the rest of you. I would tell you all his real name, but he probably wouldnt appreciate it. Other than that, there's a lot of amazing artists here, however I'd mostly know only the ones who've been around over a year, so i'll refrain from putting out a limited list of all the great artists here.

Of my images the favourites are generally the ones already ranked high by that crazy C-index thing they use. there are a few exceptions like "Sun, Snow, Water, Ice" and "barb" but I can understand why these dont win in the popular opinion.

Thanks, Carl


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01/21/07 1:11 PM GMT
Hoi Carl !
First of all a big congratulations to be in the spotlight this month.
It is strange, but untill now, i had not come accross any of your work, goes to show how much there is to see here.
Beeing in the spotlight, i had to check out your gallerie pages.
I was pleasantly surpriced to find a lot of mountain images, those are allways a favorite of mine, and do post a lot myself in this subject.
When i have more time, i will go back to your gallery and view the lot more closely and full size.
Congrats again, and a great choice from Piner.

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please visit my gallery - mountain site or my little Switzerland Forum
01/21/07 1:28 PM GMT
Congrats Carl! I've got some of your stuff in my favs, nice to see you spotlighted 8•)
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One man sees things and says "why?" - but I dream things that never were and I say "why not?"
01/21/07 3:11 PM GMT
A well deserved Kudos!! while I haven't done the grand tour of your gallery (yet) I think the works of yours I have seen is amazing. Way to go!
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Hi,my name is Rob..ok, so I'm not the greatest at replies and comments. Sorry. For anyone needing to contact me, my email is back up in my profile. >> my cluttered mess of a gallery
01/21/07 3:39 PM GMT
BIG congrats Carl!! Always fun to see your amazing works!!
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Picture Purrrfect . You never see advertisements for string…they make string, yet you never see a commercial for string!!
01/21/07 4:09 PM GMT
Hey way to go Carl, much deserved, you have wild and beautiful gallery, Best to you and your loved ones, Dwight.
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01/21/07 6:33 PM GMT
Many congratulations on being picked A.O.T.M. Carl......I looked in on your gallery, and the quality of your work is amazing!......

Excellent choice by Piner!.............
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*Please forgive me, for not replying to every one of your lovely images-Problems with my hands is making it difficult* Dunstickin's Gallery
01/21/07 6:41 PM GMT
Hey Carl,

Congratulations for getting in the Artists Spotlight very much deserved. I have liked your pics since I first came on the site. Hope to see more from you in the future.
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I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is. Albert Camus ........ My Gallery
01/21/07 9:21 PM GMT
Sun, Snow, Water, Ice 2 is still better:P. Congratulations my friend. You think i can be famous by association?

You forgot to mention your flash my friend. You can't keep all these poor people in the dark.
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No one wanted to pay to say something in my sig, so i will have to try and think of something creative now...
01/22/07 3:09 AM GMT
Hey Carl,

A well deserved recognition and I am quite proud that a fellow Canadian is the recipient this time round.

You are a fantastic ambassador behind the lens for our country's landscapes and settings. You (and what's his name? :oP ... your good friend Milo) have contributed to the betterment of this site ... and I commend you in carrying yourself well.

And you are most gracious to make mention of that friendship and once again, show the true spirit of being a member here.

Enjoy your time in the spotlight and I hope you continue along your path of discovery behind the camera's eye. Congratulations.


A fellow Canucklehead (aka Les).
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust
01/22/07 7:55 AM GMT
Hay man congrats. Keep up the images coming soon.
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01/22/07 8:41 AM GMT
Ah ha its about time they caught up with you in this way Carl. Its good to see your talents honoured this way.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
01/22/07 11:06 AM GMT
Congratulations Carl!!
After spending a wonderful time browsing your gallery I am left in no doubt as to the reason this honour has been bestowed on you.
Your work is exceptional - and an inspiration.
Enjoy your spotlight, it is well deserved.
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
01/22/07 3:39 PM GMT
Thanks Carl for your amazing mountains captures. You certainly deserve a place here :-)
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01/22/07 5:20 PM GMT
Congratulations to you! i have just returned, all breathless and dreamy-eyed from wandering through your gallery! You have fantastic shots and I am a big fan of those crisp winter scenes! My younger brother moved to Canada ( from Florida! ) last year and I'm telling you, you guys have some breathtaking country up there!
Your pictures deserve the highest marks and you deserve this nomination !
Thanks for the inspiration!
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01/23/07 12:27 AM GMT
Hello Carl! What a great spot to find you.... the spotlight!! I have many of your sparkling images stored on my hard drive-14 of them to be exact! My most favorite is the series you did with the water lily. But running a close second is the silhouette of the boat with the purple/pinks. You have an incredible talent and one day I hope to open a photography magazine or some other form of public acknowledgement and be able to say that "I knew him when", I think you have an eye for the excellent shots and a gift with your talents of the arts. I feel privileged to 'know' you here at
Good luck with whatever you choose to pursue in your future and enjoy your time in the spotlight. You definitely deserve it!
Thanks for sharing your gift with me ;=)
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01/23/07 12:41 AM GMT
Congrats Carl on a well deserved tribute.Great work.......................Jim
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01/23/07 6:34 PM GMT
Hi Carl, Congrats to you! I've never seen a photo of you before on this site, and that's a big mistake of me, because I think you deserve this kind of tribute for your photo's they are just great! Nick
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Please visit my gallery.
01/23/07 11:22 PM GMT
Congrats Carl! Though I haven't bumped into you before, you have a terrific gallery and the award is well deserved!
God bless,
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Stress Reliever #24: When your feeling strained, eat chocolate. (Just don't touch mine or you'll have a lot more things to feel stressed about!) --------------------------- Check out my gallery.
01/24/07 12:54 AM GMT
Congratulations, my friend. You deserve to be here.
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01/25/07 6:46 PM GMT
Hi Carl, Congratulations! I have enjoyed looking through your gallery and can see that this honor is well deserved. Your images are spectacular! I am impressed with both your images as well as your editing skills (as seen in your rework). It's obvious that you enjoy what you are doing and that you are very talented. Diane
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01/26/07 1:29 AM GMT
Hi Carl, congrats to you. I poked thru your gallery and now I know why you got this award. Very good photos. Have a blessed day...Gregg.
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"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get" Forrest Gump...kinda relates to photograghy
01/26/07 8:35 PM GMT
Congrats Carl , well deserved !
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O, woe is me, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see! my pictures
01/26/07 8:55 PM GMT
Hello Carl, my oh my, what a deligthtful and captive audience you had in me, while viewing your gallery! It was a most pleasant experience, as I found your gallery to be so full of marvelous and skillfully taken photos, so well presented, and so wonderfully exciting! Excitement flavored with great color, action, physically strong with athleticism, and interesting in composition!

I have not had the pleasure of meeting you, or have I seen your gallery to date! I am very glad I had this opportunity!

I remain fascinated by all of your photos, but especially enjoyed 'Breaking Trail', and the struggle you had capturing the ants, 'Mayhem'! Your intense efforts paid off, and you conquered the persistant little 'workers', in which case you deserve further credit! LOL! If the queen had been among them, well...............she may have been too shy to pose....

Congratulations Carl, to a well deserved honor! You should wear the recognition with pride! Marilyn
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01/27/07 3:13 PM GMT
Keep em coming Carl...I need the inspiration here on the stubble land haha. Good to see this deserved recognition of your talent.
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01/29/07 1:35 AM GMT
Sorry I'm a weee bit late on saying this: Congrats!
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01/29/07 8:33 PM GMT
Congratulations Carl, it is a real pleasure browsing through your gallery... your snow landscapes are my favourites, but all your photographs are showing your great talent!
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01/30/07 10:46 PM GMT
Congrats! A very well deserved recognition :-)
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02/02/07 8:22 AM GMT
Hello Carl....well since I've been in caedes for over two yrs now, does that mean you "know me"?! lol But all kidding aside, I've always really enjoyed yur postings. You have a very unique way of helping us all to "see" differently and that therefore teaches us to try more things and to observe and enjoy even more. Currently I have your 'Grassy Jewel' on my screen serving as my beautiful desktop. And your photo called
Valley Meadow at Sunset' is totally gorgeous !! I am a lover of sunsets since I live at the gorgeous Pacific Ocean..and your photos are fantastic...I could go on and on endlessly naming the ones that are my most favorite, but there are really too many, I probably would end up giving the thumbs up on all of them! LOL So I'll stop at this point. But I do know one thing, I've truly enjoyed and loved your photos and have often taken a deep breath of total pleasure as I sat mezmerized by many of them. It's something to be proud have the focus on you in the Artists Spotlight. Thank you ever so much, and just keep showing us the earths beauty..I for one, will always love your photos...and most likely will also ask you if it's ok to do a canvas painting of some of them now and then...Verena
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
02/03/07 4:03 AM GMT
Hey...i got one more thing to say: "I use a Nikon D70, with a 50mm 1.8, a Sigma 10-20mm, and the Nikkor 80-200 2.8."

I use a (shared with my dad): D50, 50mm 1.8, Sigma 18-35, and 80-200 2.8....thats...kindof scary.
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02/04/07 8:29 AM GMT
So well deserved Carl. I have always enjoyed your work, both your nature and your landscape captures. My best wishes to you and thank you for all those outstanding photos you were so kind to share with us all.

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If you admire nature for its creations why don't you visit the gallery of its reporter...
02/04/07 8:30 PM GMT
Congratulations Carl. This is very well deserved, I've wondered how long it would take until you showed up in the SpotLight.
Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing many more images from you.
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02/07/07 3:11 PM GMT
A hearty congratulations Carl for this very deserving have a positively glorious gallery and have done our country proud with the rich colors and lighting achieved in so many of your scenic captures of western is a real pleasure to browse through your work and look forward to more of your outstanding images in the future.:Pat.
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02/07/07 5:20 PM GMT
Congrats! I browsed through your gallery and thought you must be in Canada with all those photos of snow and ice! I lived most of my life in warm climate and two years ago moved to NE Washington State (only 20 miles from Canada). You do a great job of capturing the beauty of snow and ice that I am still just discovering.
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02/11/07 7:38 PM GMT
YEAHHHHH! Congratulations to one of my fave buddies! Well deserved!
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Hey there Mister Madman, wat'cha know that I don't know Tell me some crazy stories, let me know who runs this show Glassy-eyed and laughing, he turns and walks away Tell me what made you that way
02/16/07 10:08 PM GMT
Kudos!!!! Karl....I keep visiting ur page now and then and I must say, its well deserved....
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-Budding Photographer
02/25/07 1:55 AM GMT
I never noticed that there was a message page for the artist spotlight page (duh!). I, too, have enjoyed many of your images. Congrats!
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