Artist Spotlight # 43.

Submitted by mimi 09/04/09 6:20 AM GMT

Our next artist to shine in the spotlight has given us a birds eye view of the nesting and raising of Egrets! He is know by a variety of letters and numbers here on the site. I present to you 100k_xle better known as EJ to all of us!
Please take a few minutes and stroll through his feathered gallery and sprinkle it with comments or find your favorite image and let EJ know which one you like the most!

Let me introduce myself. I am Ed Voisin (better known on Caedes as 100k_xle) and I have been married to the love of my life, Jenny, for 36 years and counting. I was the last child of five, and I grew up in a small fishing community. My parents operated a small marina on the weekends where I did my first fishing guide service at the age of seven. I graduated high school in 1969; took distributive education my junior and senior years, learning the trade of butcher/meat cutter. I entered the U.S. Army two months after graduation, spending 14 months in an Infantry Division in Vietnam. Vietnam is where I first took an interest in photography. I purchased a 35mm camera at a PX for $40. I also learned darkroom techniques and how to develop my own images, many of which were black and white. Once I returned stateside I got away from photography because I could not afford the film and developing supplies.

After returning from the service I took a job with a national grocery store chain as a butcher, but was bored with the work after a couple of years. Over the years I tried numerous lines of work. I drove for UPS for three years. Later I learned the trade of welding and built marsh buggies from the ground up. I was also a professional tankerman and boat captain for a number of years. I tried my hand in sales at a lumber yard and brokerage firm. None of these jobs ever held my interest for very long, until I got the opportunity to work for the State of Louisiana, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as a seismic inspector. I first learned of this job opportunity through my wife, who is also employed with the same department and has been with them for 38 years. I have held this job for the last fifteen years and hope to be here another fifteen, if possible. In my position, I get to travel the entire state while helping to protect our natural resources. This job has also given me the opportunity to shoot many of the images that are in my Gallery.

In 2006 I was given a 2 megapixel camera to help me in my work. In the less expensive world of digital photography, I soon fell in love with shooting photos again. I purchased a 7 megapixel Sony point and shoot. After a year, I did some research on DSLR’s and decided to purchase the camera I now have. It is a Nikon D300. The two lenses I shoot with are a Nikkor 18-200 mm VR and a 70-300 mm VR.

My other hobbies are fishing, fishing lure designing and building, and painting.

I have been inspired by many artists on this site to try new techniques, such as manipulations, Orton’s, and HDR’s. I am always willing to learn and share anything new.

I first discovered the site in December 2006 while searching for wallpapers. It soon became my favorite site and I joined the Cadre in January 2007. Since that time, I have made so many wonderful friends worldwide. I feel their comments, critiques, and insight have helped me become a better photographer.

I was asked to pick my favorite image from my gallery; I would have to say it is Spanish Moss. The image is of a Barred Owl with its legs crossed in what seemed to be a mystical surrounding at high noon on a hot summer’s day. I would be very interested in knowing which of my images is YOUR favorite.

It is most Humbling to be recognized by ones peers. Thanks to all my friends who have supported me in the past few years. Your comments and friendship are deeply appreciated. Thanks, also, to those who nominated me for this Honor.

Have a Great Day!



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09/07/09 3:05 AM GMT
Yup! That would be my favorite too,,,Spanish Moss. Hallelujah, EJ! It's time for your spotlight. I want you to know that you are my favorite magazine photographer. ;0) Your work is always of the highest quality and the images we see from your part of the world are always interesting and inspiring particularly because of the kind of work that you do.

Congratulations, EJ. You shine!
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09/07/09 3:39 AM GMT
Congrats EJ. It's about time my friend. I have always loved your work and my EJ folder is slap full at the moment. You have inspired me and given me the courage to try new things and to keep shooting. Thanks to you, I now enjoy my hobby instead of looking at it as extra work.
Enjoy your rewards my friend, you deserve every one of them.
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09/07/09 4:01 AM GMT
I don't think there's anyway I could pick out a fave from your marvelous portfolio, E J. You've been a wonderful friend and I'm glad that you decided to share your talent on this site since it gave me the opportunity to benefit from your talent.

You more than deserve this time in the sun.

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09/07/09 7:09 AM GMT
Hello EJ
Thanks for your wonderful egrets series. They have no more secrets for us ;-)
One of my favorite is certainly Proud as a Peacock ?, probably because of the dark background.
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09/07/09 10:47 AM GMT
HI EJ, Mr. Egret! I am so very happy for you. You are most deserving of this recognition. I could not pick a favorite from all of the excellent photos in your gallery. Maybe that is my favorite - your gallery.
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09/07/09 11:10 AM GMT
Well done and well deserved EJ, your gallery is beautiful and your wildlife images are especially impressive, I always feel they should be part of an exhibition. I'm not sure if you got my PM a little while back but my desktop thanks you again for your fantastic "best of" collages, they really are a wonderful tribute to the Caedes community, it's unique and talented artists and your own dedication to such a lovely idea. Congratulations and keep being brilliant:)
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09/07/09 3:12 PM GMT
Congratulations, EJ. You really deserve the recognition. You have a fabulous gallery, and have turned into a top notch photographer pretty fast. I can't pick a favorite photo of yours, since they are all spectacular. Maybe the collage you made of my work...LOL. Keep the great stuff coming.

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09/07/09 8:28 PM GMT
Congrat's EJ ... you so well deserve this recognition. I've always admired your work & you've been an inspiration to me, expecially with bird captures. I'd have to say my fave image of yours is 'Spanish Moss' as well. Enjoy your time in the spotlight. Thanks for your friendship & advice too.

Sherree :-)
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09/07/09 9:08 PM GMT
Congratulations EJ! You really do deserve this recognition. Your wonderful bird images is always a joy to see. I am having trouble to choose only one of them as my favorite, there are so many that I really love. Enjoy your time in the spotlight, you deserve it!
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09/07/09 9:20 PM GMT
Fantastic!!!! and very well deserved EJ! I am a great admirer of your photography. Enjoy the limelight my friend! hugz
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09/07/09 9:36 PM GMT
Congratulations,it is well deserved,you have beautiful photos but i do not have any favorites as it is hard to choose,you are a correct person as well.
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09/07/09 10:51 PM GMT
Oh I'm so glad you got this honor! Your wonderful gallery speaks for itself. I love the Egret images probably the most but it's a close call. I really enjoyed your bio. My dad retired from the meat butcher business after ----- years and served in the Army. :) E.J. I'm proud to call you my friend.
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09/07/09 11:35 PM GMT
I bow to you EJ. You surely deserve this honor. Your photography is tied with the best on this site. I agree about being selected by your peers is quite humbling.

I could never come up with the right nickname for you and I now know why. You have wore so many hats that one name other then your given one will not work. That won't keep me from trying however. One I will not call you per your request is: "Late for the dinner table." lol

It is difficult to choose one from you gallery and call it my favorite but I sure am partial to this. I think it is the one that drew me to your gallery. I have found you are much like this tree. Tall, straight and willing to help shelter all who need it. Trees to me are the perfect example of integrity and your branches are full with integrity.

Congratulations good friend.


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09/08/09 10:53 AM GMT
EJ you have been long overdue for this honor, your gallery speaks for its self. Congradulations
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09/08/09 3:31 PM GMT
Well it is about time haha...
Congrats on getting the spotlight, as you really do deserve it, from your outstanding egret images to the collages you have made for a lot of us members on this site. So once again I say congrats, and I took another look through your gallery, I must say that my favorite image by you would be Where Will I Start. Even though the majority of them are outstanding :-)
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09/08/09 8:33 PM GMT
Your depiction of Louisiana's wildlife and wetlands is amazing. Your gallery brings me great joy each time I look at it. Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us.

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09/09/09 4:44 AM GMT
Hi EJ, I see that you have been a real "Jack of all Trades"! Good that you at last found a job that you really liked. Hearty congratulations on becoming artist of the month. You more than deserve it! I have never seen birds' photos like yours anywhere else, especially the egrets. Pity that you are not in a position to continue like before.
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09/09/09 1:24 PM GMT
Congratulations, EJ !This honor you deserve very much !
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09/09/09 1:24 PM GMT
Congratulations, EJ ! This honor you deserve very much !
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09/09/09 8:12 PM GMT
Excellent honor for you EJ! Congratulations to you!! :o)

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09/10/09 12:09 AM GMT
Oh, I am so happy for you EJ!!! And so proud!!! You truly deserve this honor cause no one can take a shot of an egret like you!...hehe...Among other things you've captured. I'm happy to be called your friend and can't wait til you start in again with your marvelous photos!! Congrats buddy!
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09/10/09 6:32 AM GMT
A worthy accolade, a long time coming!...

I have always loved your work and at times been aspired to try things that you do!....

A well as a good friend I am jealous of your work with nature!...

Reap the rewards my friend....the spotlights on you!...

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09/10/09 9:11 AM GMT
Hi there "Jack of all Trades" *grin*

A very well deserved honor for you EJ, you have a great gallery, so enjoy your time in the spotlight :o)
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09/10/09 9:11 AM GMT
It's a great honour E.J. to become a member of the 'Caedes Hall Of Fame', but it's so well deserved. My congratulations. Thanks for your wonderful works. I saved a lot of them and I every time I watched them, I still become impressed. That's what I call 'Great'.
Regards, Cornelius.
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09/10/09 2:35 PM GMT
your favorite is a favorite of mine. your gallery is absolutely filled with some of the finest photography i've seen. your help and enthusiasm is a joy to all of us ate caedes. i'm so happy for you.
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09/10/09 8:43 PM GMT
Congrats very well deserved!! Spanish Moss is definitely my favorite shot of yours.
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09/10/09 9:20 PM GMT
Ok, just who is this 'Frogz' guy anyways?

He new around here??


Congratulations, Ed.

Definitely the words, 'it's about time' are most fitting where your induction into our 'hall of fame' is concerned.

I am fortunate to have gotten to know you on a more personal level. Truly.

And our 'collabs' in the past have been most enjoyable time spent on my end in the editing chair. My creative pulse always runs a little higher when you tell me you got 'something' for me to take a look at. :o)

Thank you for contributions to our beloved site. And thank you for having had me in your thoughts from time to time. Alllll are greatly appreciated.

A most and well-deserved accolade for you. Enjoy your time, my friend. :o))
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09/11/09 3:17 AM GMT
Congratulations EJ! Very nice to know more about you. A fascinating bio! I am so pleased you rediscovered your love of photography. A true pleasure to view. Hard pressed to ever pick just one favorite, but Designed for Flight is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your talents.
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09/12/09 3:49 AM GMT
Congrats, E J,

'tis about time, my friend. You're more than deserving of this award, and it should have surfaced earlier than this.

Enjoy your day in the sun, and don't every stop photographing life around you.

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09/12/09 4:07 PM GMT
Now how the hell did I miss this ?? Forgive my late sesponse Ed. You know how it goes sometimes. LOL Congratulation buddy. You deserve this honor that's for sure. You got a gallery to die for......always look forward to your posts and comments.......hope you can get back to the normal routine soon too. I know it's something that you love very much. Take care my friend and I need to pay a little more atttintion I guess. :) LOL John
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09/15/09 11:05 AM GMT
Big congratulations to you and so well deserved! I love all of your Egret pictures, but your fav is also my fav. Now I see why you get so many amazing shots! How wonderful to work in a job you love AND get to use your photography skills! All the best!
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09/17/09 4:58 PM GMT
Congrats Ed, so well deserved, I thought you already won this award. Your Egret photos are very insiring to me. I like them the best, sorry I can't pick a favorite since they are all so Beautiful. You are blessed to have a job working in the wildlife areas. You have come a long way in just 3 years. Keep up the great work, nice to read about your life. Enjoy the spotlight my friend. Gregg
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09/18/09 10:23 PM GMT
There's no one better than you for showing us the egrets and their habitat. You've brought them up close and personal for this northern gal. One of my favorites is this one. So glad you got the long deserved recognition and thanks for being a part of caedes.
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09/25/09 12:03 AM GMT
Yay, I am so glad you are being recognized for your brilliant captures. Well deserved.
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09/26/09 4:00 AM GMT
Congratulations EJ! Truly a well deserved honor! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite image from your gallery, as they are all amazing! I've enjoyed reading your bio very much. Keep up the excellent work, and enjoy your time in the spotlight! :)

So sorry I didn't get here sooner.
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09/29/09 8:54 PM GMT
Well deserved EJ! You have some amazing amazing shots and your recent collage series was just incredible. Honored to call you my friend, and look forward to viewing your images!!! - Pam!
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10/11/09 3:53 PM GMT
EJ, being nominated this month has made me go back through previous nominees - I must admit I have never really noticed this feature too much. Looks like I missed yours so I wanted to leave you a belated comment. I would so love to see how you get the images you get! I always have this idea of you crawling on your belly risking life and limb with all the venomous and savage creatures there must be around. Sorry I missed you last month fella, I love your work.
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10/27/09 4:59 PM GMT
Better late than never....Congrats EJ!
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11/03/09 9:46 PM GMT
I used to think of Louisiana Bayou swamps as places filled with mosquito's, snakes, leeches, humidity, dark dank murky water, big spiders and gators and best to be avoided at all costs. Now I see it's true beauty thanks to you E.J. You are such a talented gifted wildlife and nature photographer plus a truly wonderful person. Looking forward to many more years of your sublime pictures!

I think of you as the Swamp Magic Man

sorry about those Doubloons


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11/10/09 10:50 PM GMT
Mercy, I sure did miss this. I don't check out the front page much. Shame on me. If anyone deserves to be on this list you do. Congrats and thanks for the many wonderful bayou images.
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