Artist Spotlight #41

Submitted by mimi 07/03/09 4:41 AM GMT

As we enter full summer in the northern hemisphere and mid-winter in the southern, we welcome our next artist to be spotlighted. I give you boremachine known as Chris to his friends.
Please visit his gallery and peruse his varied images.

Hello friends!

When I read Mimi's PM I was excited and shocked both. Over the past weeks I was pretty busy and didn't visit Caedes regularly, therefore I read the PM three days late.

About me:
My name is Christian Hauer, I'm getting 42 this July 20th and I live in Vienna, the capital of Austria with my wife Sabine (aka Blumie).

About equipment:
For the last two years I use a Canon EOS 400D, which is also known as Digital Rebel XTi in North America and EOS Kiss Digital X in Japan. The first year I used the kit lens 18-55mm (w/o IS) and a Canon 75-300 mm USM III zoom lens. A year ago I invested in a replacement for the kit lens and got a second hand Sigma 17-70mm which was advised by two of my best Caedes friends. This spring I wanted to shoot wide angle and got another Sigma, a 10-20mm which I really like. This was also advised by a friend (thank you). I also have an external flash unit (2nd hand Canon Speedlite 420EX) and of course a lightweight but quite stable tripod from Manfrotto. I'm fancy getting a new camera, but I don't know which one it could be. I read lots of stuff about those new full frame DSLR's.... still unable to decide if that big step is necessary for me.

About photography:
I came to this hobby very slowly like buying the first 2MP camera (Fujifilm FinePix 2600 Zoom instead of the 2800 zoom which I wanted more but wasn't available) for snapping, After that I bought a 'real' zoom (10x) camera, a Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 which I really liked, at first. After some thousands of shots the Z2 started to suck batteries empty after about 200 shots (with viewfinder), about 100 with LCD on. With that camera I even got to Caedes permanent galleries (panem et circenses). Then I was looking for a better one which still was affordable and so I came to the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 (8MP), which is called 'SLR-like' but much smaller. With this one I was able to make those wonderful night shots of Vienna some might still remember. One of my favourite shots with the A200 is 'Sunken Crate' which was pretty successful at Caedes. The next step for me was animal photography, which is best practiced at the zoo. There I found out, that the A200 is very pretty slow. So I wanted a new camera that led me to my Canon.

About Caedes:
I think this is a quite funny story. When Sabine and I planned a trip to wonderful Prague for the fifth time, I was looking for some thing we haven't seen before. Best place for that was Google Earth. There I found the Jewish cemetery with lots of information and photos. One of them led me to Being here the first time was a nice feeling and the registration, which I normally hate to do, was no pain at all. That was late October 2006. There is no other community I am active and I guess there won't be another one because here on Caedes I have all I need.

About my photos:
By far my favourite shot on Caedes I ever posted is 'Tiger [rework]'. It also has the highest c-index of all my shots. Unfortunately it didn't make it to the permanent galleries. As I wrote above at the beginning about myself, this July is my birthday and there could be no better present than this nomination for AOM. Thanks to all who believe in me (some more than I do) and thanks to all who gave me a new home here at caedes. :o)


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07/10/09 6:18 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris
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07/10/09 7:19 AM GMT
Fantastic Chris and well deserved! I have always been an admirer of your work and your photography has often inspired me. Enjoy the limelight and enjoy your birthday!
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..thanking you in advance for your comments. Please know that all your comments are appreciated....." Live well, love much, laugh often!" .... mygallery
07/10/09 10:06 AM GMT
Morning Chis, what a gallery, and what a talent you have. Congratulations, and the recognition i might add is well deserved. All the best to you and your loved ones. Dwight.
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07/10/09 10:26 AM GMT
Take a bow Chris, you really deserve to be the Artist of the Mounth, your gallery looks good good, so congrats and enjoy your time in the spotlights.

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Carpe Diem
07/10/09 10:30 AM GMT
Way to go Chris!! Your wondrous scapes always amazing and treat!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
07/10/09 11:42 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris! I have always admired your work and so this is a well deserved honor. Looking forward to many more years of seeing your wonderful photo's!

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07/10/09 12:08 AM GMT
Congradulations a well desirved honor, I always look forward to your scapes.
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I am not an artist,just a photographer,I capture what I see... Pentax K-10D
07/10/09 1:21 PM GMT
Hey Chris, I looked at your gallery and was amazed at how many different types of photos you take, flowers, landscapes, animals. I like all the HDR photos you took of the Farmers Old Church, and other places. Your work is amazing and you deserve to be in the spotlight. Enjoy it, a nice birthday gift for you...Gregg
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07/10/09 1:58 PM GMT
Congratulations,you have some very nice landscape and mountain photos.
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07/10/09 2:19 PM GMT
Congrats and happy early b'day!
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07/10/09 2:39 PM GMT
Congratulations Chris. You have a wonderful gallery, and fully deserve the spotlight! Well done!
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07/10/09 4:16 PM GMT
Hey Chris! I was sure you should be nominated one day!
As a gift, I unarchived your 'Tiger [rework]' and moved it into the 'Rework' gallery. Sur it is a beautiful work. Maybe it was archived because you didn't post it into the 'Rework' gallery. Who knows...

Congrats! :-)
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07/10/09 4:31 PM GMT
Congratulations Chris! It's well deserved!
Thank you very much for sharing all your wonderful images with us!
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07/10/09 7:40 PM GMT
Congratulations Chris. A well deserved honor to a well deserving member. Been following you for a long time and you still amaze me. Happy early birtthday.
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Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. - Ansel Adams....... My Gallery
07/10/09 8:08 PM GMT
Way to go buddy. Always have and always will enjoy your posts Chris. Keep em' coming and I'm glad you have your moment in the sun. Well deserved my friend. :) J
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07/11/09 3:37 AM GMT
I always look at your fine work Chris and have really enjoyed your work with HDR. Your photos are so well designed. An award that is much deserved. Congratulations.


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07/11/09 3:46 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris! I browsed through your gallery & love your HDR images as well as your animal work. I have to say Tiger (rework) is one of my faves. Enjoy the spotlight ... it is so well deserved.
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This is it! ... MJ
07/11/09 6:43 AM GMT
All the best Chris!!...I am very happy for you....gerry
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"The more we come in contact with animals, and observe their behaviour, the more we love them, for we see how great is their care for their young." - philosopher Immanuel Kant
07/11/09 12:54 AM GMT


Well Deserved Chris. Although you have many Outstanding Images in your gallery, I must agree your Tiger Image is my Favorite also. Keep the HDR's comin, you really know how to make them POP!

Thanks for sharing your Talents!

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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
07/11/09 12:55 AM GMT
Truly enjoyed reading your bio. I've always enjoyed your diverse work. A few favorites are Boat House and A Day at the Lake. Congrats!
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07/11/09 2:39 PM GMT
While glancing in your gallery, I fondly remembered a good number of your shots and I have several on my HD. And, thanks to Pierre, your tiger rework is now in the galleries where it deservedly belongs. Whatever your next camera, I'm sure we all will be delighted with your results. Congratulations on this honor, Chris.
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Much of the beauty in life is found in people who care.
07/11/09 2:51 PM GMT
Congratulations, Chris. :o)

A well deserved honour, as I do enjoy your photos and images very much. As evidenced by the words above me and then those on your image's pages themselves by others.

Here's to many, many more of your photos gracing the site's pages ...

(*raises a glass of properly chilled milk to Chris ... partakes in a cookie from his private reserved stock of baked good morsels ...*)

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Uhm, nooooo. This was a special occasion. What makes you think I eat cookies all of the time, regardless of the occasion ... or ... day ... minute, hour, second ...?


Enjoy your time in the limelight, Chris and congratulations once more. :o)
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"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
07/11/09 2:54 PM GMT
About time you hit the spotlight pal...

A worthy AP too!...

Reap the rewards my friend...and

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* Owing to the deterioration in my hands, I find that I cannot comment as much as I should..But please know...I do look at all your posts!..and will leave my 'moniker' >OB< when I do so!...Thank you all * OwdBob'sGallery
07/11/09 7:42 PM GMT
Hey Chris, So sorry I'm kind of late in my congrads to you! You are very talented and as you know I follow your work. I'm glad to see that the Tiger rework was brought back out for everyone to enjoy. I'm a fan of your gallery and love the HDR work you present us with. Enjoy the spotlight and I'm glad to call you a friend. ♪ ♫ :)sandi♪ =^..^=
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
07/12/09 2:43 PM GMT
Congratualtions, Chris. You and your fine work are very deserving of this praise. I started with that very same Fuji camera that you did! lol Well, enjoy the accolades and have a very Happy Birthday and wish your fine wife best wishes as well.
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07/13/09 1:01 AM GMT
Chris, I too have admired your work. Congrats and Happy Birthday! ~~ John
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07/13/09 1:22 AM GMT
Like your shooting style Chris!Congrats and keep up the great
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07/13/09 5:43 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris! Mich
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07/13/09 6:36 AM GMT
Hello my friend Chris!! How nice it is that you received this special bit of news for you to enjoy. As you know, I have always enjoyed seeing your part of the world when yu post photos here in caedes. I enjoy your creations so much. I love seeing the architecture of Austria!! Especially Vienna. I think I love all that so much since I was born in Germany, and of course I love the music from Vienna too! But I enjoy our friendship and yur beautiful cloud photos, a I like those of my own too. And water, I love that also. So I want to thank you for sharing your wonderful postings with all of us. Your friend...always..verena
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Good things come with Hard Work and Patience.
07/14/09 11:05 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris, well deserved and may I say about time too:) I have so many of your pics on my desktop and I think your work is just beautiful. Well done, Kelcey.
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07/14/09 1:09 PM GMT
Congratulations Chris. I have enjoyed many of your posts. Keep the great work coming!!

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07/14/09 3:58 PM GMT
yayness and kudos chris. well done and congratulations my friend! its been a long time coming! have a great birthday.
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07/14/09 11:54 PM GMT
Hey Chris.

Glad to see that you are being honored in the AOM. You certainly have a talent in photography and the recognition is well deserved. Happy Birthday early and congrats.
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07/15/09 1:08 AM GMT
Congratulations Chris! What a superb gallery you have~you are very talented. This is a well deserved honor and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"
07/17/09 6:38 AM GMT
And another congratulations from me! I greatly admire your creative talent, which you have in abundance.... I was particularly engrossed with your Farmer's HDR series. Enjoy, and again, congratulations. and also Happy Birthday!
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"Never let your studies interfere with your education." - Pete Seeger
07/25/09 12:42 AM GMT
I am a little late reading about the news, but I want to congratulate you on being selected the latest featured artist. You are well deserving of the honor. Your gallery is amazing with all the mountain shots..among other great shots.

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07/28/09 3:32 PM GMT
I am also late but it is never too late to say congratulations, Chris. I remember your photos especially the night shots of the beautiful architecture found only in Vienna.
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07/28/09 4:43 PM GMT
Congrats Chris, I've looked through your gallery, and you have very beautiful work, keep em coming too, and btw my favorite photo in your gallery would be...Castle, a very dramatic and beautiful photo :-)

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07/30/09 8:41 PM GMT
Congratulations Chris.A well deserved honor.Your gallery is Amazing..Sorry,i am late..
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08/21/09 1:48 AM GMT
Congratulations on a very well deserved honor Chris! Your work and talent is an inspiration to us all! I apologize for my lateness.
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09/03/09 10:30 AM GMT
Well better late then never....
Congratulations with this well deserved honor Chris!
I have always found your images interesting and inspiring.
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