Artist Spotlight # 49

Submitted by mimi 03/31/10 1:26 AM GMT

I present to you, not the Easter Bunny but our own Jimbobedsel as the next artist to have his varied gallery showcased.

Take a minute to read his biography below and visit his images!

When I got the info about being selected to have my gallery showcased, I was shocked, and thought maybe it was sent to the wrong person by mistake. I guess it wasn't a mistake, and I am really honored. I will give a little information about myself, but not enough to make you fall asleep.

I am 60 years old, divorced, and in May of 2009, I retired from the Whirlpool Corp. in Clyde Ohio, after spending 40 years employed there. I have lived in Fremont, Ohio all my life. Fremont is most famous for being the home of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States. I have one daughter, Carrie, 28, who lives in Fremont, also.

I found the Caedes website while looking for abstract wallpapers for the desktop, back in August of 2007. I started creating a folder for all the images I wanted to use, and then discovered that there were photographs, also. So, I downloaded a lot of them too, and when I saw that I could even put pictures on the site, I signed up, and uploaded what might be the worst picture ever on Caedes. I deleted it a long time ago. It was actually taken with a 1mp HP camera that my daughter, Carrie, gave me. It was also my first digital camera. Soon after that, I bought a new Canon 3S IS, 6mp camera, which I thought was a top of the line camera, until I saw the pictures of other photographers on Caedes. That's when I really started getting interested in learning all I could about how to create images that were appealing, and worthy to be on Caedes. There are many members here that inspired me right off the bat, including Owd Bob, (Dunstickin), Sandi, (Tigger3), Cindy, (Cynlee), PJ ,( Phasmid), Cornelius, (Corngrowth), and many others. Tick, (0930_23), and John, (Casechaser) were my first friends, and all three of us joined Caedes within a day of each other. We are still good friends, and together, have all grown in our photography and artwork. I might also mention, that since it was abstracts I was looking for in the beginning, I was very impressed with the work of Joanie, (Joanie) and also John, (jswgpb). I love the fractals that they do.

I have been using a Canon EOS 40D for two years now. Almost exclusively, I use a Canon 28-135mm IS lens. I also have a Sigma 70-300mm lens, but to tell the truth, I have not learned to use it to where I get as good an image as I want. I DO use it once in a while though. I also use PhotoShop Elements 6, and other editing software to do my post work. I like to make people laugh, so every once in a while I will do an off beat manipulation, and that is how I came up with my favorite image that I have posted. It is called.."If Cats Could Talk," and is in the early part of my gallery. I used my dog, Mickey, in the shot. If you feel like chuckling a little, check it out. And since I like to make people laugh, or at least try, you may get a comment on a picture from me, that is in a language that comes out when I am in my redneck mood, inspired by radio editorialists, Billy Ray Vulgar and Earl Pitts. LOL.

In my opinion, is the best site on the internet. I thoroughly enjoy the friendships I have made, looking at all the great photos and images, commenting on many of them, and learning something new. Anything that I have learned about photography, is directly attributed to the people of Caedes. I am addicted to the site, and have no intention of seeking help for my addiction. LOL.

Thank you so much for this honor, Caedes family. I truly appreciate it.

Jim, (Jimbobedsel)


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04/04/10 5:01 AM GMT
Let me be the first to congratulate you! Well deserved and I have been hoping you would be picked. Not only do you do wonderful work but you must have the best sense of humour on all of Caedes which is an important asset. Your gallery is full of amazing pictures and I really enjoy your posts every day.
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04/04/10 7:21 AM GMT
Hey my good friend....A worthy accolade for your tremendous work to Caedes!...Reaps the rewards that will surely be thrown at you, because you are such a popular guy with a passion for comments to others...

I am proud to say 'Well Done' mate.....
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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
04/04/10 7:52 AM GMT
Well Jimbo!! I get to be the third to comment on this well deserved spotlight for you!! I am delighted, because you are such a great guy and great artist not only in photography but your abstract too. Yes, you are a fun guy and that;s whats so nice here in caedes, people are like on big family and they truly care. Your scenes, the Thaw...were just fantastic. I am a total snow lover, so those photos meant a lot to me. One of my favs of yours it the one title "Goin
Up 4" and all the birdies and animals too. Of course, you wont a spot in my heart with the "Verenabloo Foofy"!! Hugs for that one Jimbo!! Oh yah...all the tons of old barns and You are good at finding those. So I know you deserve this honour. I am delighted for you. And I'm very happy we are good friends. Congrats Luvey!! Verena
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04/04/10 11:53 AM GMT
I'm proud and very pleased to say "Well Done" to you Jim. You thoroughly deserve to receive this honour. I agree with all you say about this site and the people who use it. In the words of the song, "Thank you for being my friend."
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04/04/10 12:14 AM GMT
He JimBob! Congratulations! I always enjoy your work and friendship. Thank you! Mich
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04/04/10 12:46 AM GMT
Congratulations Jim! You have a beautiful gallery and only hope one day I can make captures as good as yours. Thanks also for your comments and advice. I am fairly new here and really appreciate it. Keep up the great work and I will be looking forward to new pictures from you.
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04/04/10 12:48 AM GMT
Congratulations,Jim,you are a good person,you have some very good photos too.
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04/04/10 1:20 PM GMT
Outstanding Jim!

What a Great Easter morning it is for me to see you have made it into Caedes Hall of Frames. LOL. Well Deserved Indeed Buddy!
Your wit, humor, and compassion to others are your Trademark here on Caedes. If Cats Could Talk is one of my Favorites also Jim. Keep up the great work JimWhat-a-ManBobEdsel. Have A Great Easter Day Jim!

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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
04/04/10 2:58 PM GMT
Congratulations with this great honor, Jim !
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04/04/10 3:22 PM GMT
Congratulation Jimbob! Well deserved!
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04/04/10 3:24 PM GMT
Congratulations Jimbob, well done :)
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04/04/10 6:02 PM GMT
Congrats Jim! A well-deserved honor. :)
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04/04/10 6:38 PM GMT
Nice writeup, Jim. :o)

And, but of course ... congratulations on your moving on up. The "ol' artist trailer of your humble beginnings" ... will never be the same now.


Enjoy your time in the limelight. Looking forward to seeing you get that other lens out and making use of it as well.

And once again, congratulations. :o)
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04/04/10 7:33 PM GMT
Congratulations Jim. I always enjoy your work ... even your humorous manipulations & "If Cats Could Talk" is one of my faves too. It was a joy reading your bio. I noticed we used the same camera at one time ... a Canon S3 IS. Enjoy your time in the spotlight ... it is so well deserved.

~hugs~ Sherree
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04/04/10 10:57 PM GMT
I always look forward to seeing your work, Jim - and always enjoy reading your comments on mine. Your time in the spotlight is richly deserved. A big congrats from your limey pal...
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04/05/10 1:26 AM GMT
Jimbob, congratulations!!! I am very happy for you. This is simply great. ~~ John
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04/05/10 2:03 AM GMT
Oh Jimmy congratulations!!! You truly deserve the honor and I've been wondering when it would come about. Your photos are always of superb quality and such beautiful places! I think I might enjoy your funny manips the most though. You're quite the ham! I hope you never lose your personality! Congrats again!
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04/05/10 2:51 AM GMT
Congratulations Jim. This is very good, a well deserved honour :)
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04/05/10 9:50 AM GMT
Well I am happy for you Jim...truly deservered.
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04/05/10 11:47 AM GMT
Congratulations Jimbob with your well deserved place in the spotlight. I'm using this opportunity as well to say 'thank you' for both the wonderful photographs you've shared with us and for your relativating sense of humour. You've brought many times a smile on my face, even in for me difficult times. It's really great that you've got your place in the Caedes Hall of Fame. Enjoy it very much dear friend!

Regards, Cornelius.
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04/05/10 12:41 AM GMT
Well done Jimbob...Good to see a nice guy get it.Looking in your Gallery you have some real good stuff..But not the horses,Them Thar critturs and myself don't mix.Good on yer pal...Richie.
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04/05/10 1:09 PM GMT
Congratulations Jim! Wonderful reading your write up and learning about your photographic journey. Some of my favorites of yours are the seasonal images of that river! : )

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04/05/10 7:02 PM GMT
Congratulations Jimbob! on being the new Artist of the Month. You have a lovely gallery and it's well deserved honor...I will write more later when I can think about what I want to say.
Your MIA pal,
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04/05/10 8:42 PM GMT
Big congrats on this honor! You deserve it! Nice to learn more about you, too.
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04/05/10 9:01 PM GMT
Oh my I'm rather late on th e congrats, but it's big one my friend. I love that manip. "If Cats could Talk" Jim I also want to say thank you for the mention as well. You are most deserving of this honor, because you have so much talent, and with your sense of humor it makes a perfect match. Congrats and enjoy your time in the spotlight. Kudos!! my friend. ♪ ♫ :)Sandi♪ =^..^=
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04/05/10 9:54 PM GMT
Congrats Jim.....Finally you get the recognition you deserve. I'm proud of you my friend and always keep up the great work..I learn alot from you and will continue to do so.
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04/06/10 12:40 AM GMT
Congrats Jim. Well deserved feature here and about time I'd say!

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04/06/10 1:01 AM GMT
A hearty congrats on this honor and I must say I look forward to your comments on peoples work as you have a wickedly good sense of humor which I thoroughly enjoy.
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04/06/10 3:19 AM GMT
Jimbob - Congratulations on being selected Artist in the Spotlight. Well deserved! Thad
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If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine
04/06/10 8:56 PM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS,JIM..A well deserved honour..Erja
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04/06/10 10:02 PM GMT
I'm jumpin' for joy Jim!! Mucho congrats!! You have such a plethora in your gallery it boggles the mind...such nice works of many different things!! Congrats again!!
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04/07/10 6:33 AM GMT
Hey, Mr. Jimbob! Enjoy your month in the spotlight... and many congratz from moi! I remember your "Stupid dog" shot... it's priceless... ;-)
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04/08/10 2:34 PM GMT
Well now could I have missed this ???? Gettin' old I guess ? looks at self........Yup fur's gettin' a little gray. :) lol Congratulations my good buddy. I'm not an expert on photography (if fact I kow very little) but I consider myself to have a good eye an I know what I like.......and I LIKE your images very much. You bring the world to our doorstep in a magical way. Wonderful images that brighten the day and also bring a chuckle on occasion. Can't do bettern' that Jim. I thank you for your friendship too. Ummm.......I just bought a whirlpool the other day (fridge) my other lasted 23 yrs. :) lol Enjoy it're very deserving of the Artist spotlight. Take care my friend and again......sorry to be sooo late in noticing this. :) John
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04/08/10 9:43 PM GMT
Way to go Jim bob. I love your work, sense of humor, and how you always comment on my photos.You are a great asset to the Caedes community. Enjoy your time in the spot light while we all enjoy looking at your great photos. Love your story also...Gregg
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04/08/10 10:44 PM GMT
Hey Jimbob I can not imagine this place without your beautiful captures and you sense of humor which has had me rolling on the floor a time or two! You are very deserving of this honor for your captures as well as your willingness to help newcomers to the site! I am proud to call you family!! :) Steve
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04/09/10 3:22 AM GMT
I guess with all I had going on I missed this Old Buddy. Congratulation to someone who really deserves it. You, Shads and I have been friends from the git-go and I have learned so much from both of you. Your editing skills have grown and grown to where they are second to none. I remember looking at some of the regulars when we started and envied their work so much. Now you are one of those I envy.
I guess The Truman Show 2 would be my favorite because it was from Missouri and it was your trip to Kansas City and Independence that helped us become friends. There are others but you have deleted most of them. I remember a Blue Ox photo and other shots of Truman's home and his library. Your shots of the Mull Covered Bridge and the Aldrich Pond makes me feel like I have been to Ohio. I even root for the Buckeyes unless they are playing Missouri. That is hard to do for an old Iowa Hawkeye fan.
I think we joined for the same reasons and are still here for those same reasons.
You are hilarious and I am proud to be your friend.
Congratulations again and I will expect the check within the next week. :)

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04/09/10 3:37 AM GMT
My congratulations Jim. This is a well deserved honour for a talented member who also is a friend to many.

My very best wishes to you :)

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04/09/10 5:26 PM GMT
Congrats, well deserved, you have a good looking gallery.

Enjoy your time in the spotlights :o)
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04/09/10 9:39 PM GMT
How come I missed that you are the AOTM, I don't know Jimbob although I looked almost everyday on the front page. Perhaps it is the age! Congratulations my friend - You certainly deserve it. You have shown us a varieties of photographs covering most of the categories here and I have also noticed how the photos have been going up in their quality, details etc. Your wisecracks are always amusing and make me smile. I say keep them coming!
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04/10/10 3:38 AM GMT
Congratulations! Jim. You are the man!!! You have a wonderful gallery, keep up the good work.
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04/10/10 5:26 AM GMT
Congrat's buddy!! Way to go!:) I really enjoyed your story Jimbob and consider it a privilege to know ya man!! Keep up the great work!!
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04/10/10 2:48 PM GMT
Congrats JimboB .... You deserve it .. I enjoy all your pictures tremendously ... Keep them coming ...
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04/12/10 8:17 PM GMT
Hi Jim. Congrats for your nomination and your very nice gallery :-)
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04/13/10 5:34 AM GMT
congrats, jim. your work is always super. i thoroughly like your look at your area. thanks for the many kind words you always have for me. enjoy this special time. jen
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04/14/10 3:59 PM GMT
You deserve it my friend. You take some seriously awesome shots. :-)
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04/15/10 3:44 PM GMT
Well done Jim , whooop, whooop . . . good on ya Pal.

All the best,

Plymouth, UK.
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04/15/10 11:44 PM GMT
Congratulations Jimbob, not only do I enjoy your work but you have a great SOH too. (o:
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04/16/10 8:44 AM GMT
Congratulations Jim!
I am sorry for beeing late, but better late then never, they say :-) This is a well deserved honour for you. I have enjoyed your work so much, and you have made me laugh many times. Thank´s for that!
All the best!
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04/17/10 9:51 PM GMT
A big congrats to you, Jim!! You are so very much deserving of this honor! A very impressive gallery you have, and I enjoy your warm and cheerful sense of humor too =D It's difficult for me to choose a favorite from your gallery, but Purdy Birdie first comes to mind, as well as your butterfly series. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing your talents with us! :)
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04/19/10 12:54 AM GMT
"If Cats Could Talk"...I had to look that up and as soon as I did. I remembered it. I also remember laughing me arse off when I saw it. Congratulations to a worthy artist. You have added much to the sight through your images and humor. May you continue to be with us for a long time.
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04/19/10 1:33 AM GMT
I'm very happy for you Jim. I do enjoy all your work. You deserve this honor. Couldn't have happened to a better person in my opinion.

Thanks too, for all the help you have given to us all.
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04/22/10 5:39 AM GMT
Hey Jim
You got yourself quite a big spotlight considering everyone who has commented! I think it is well deserved! When I first started here on Ceades the first Gallery I looked at was yours and it made me want to get a better camera! LOL You always leave a comment no matter what, and they are always funny and cheerful. Pretty good for an old guy who likes the Buckeyes. Go Ducks, sorry I had to do it! See you on the next post!
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04/24/10 7:47 AM GMT
Yay, im late, aint been around much but congratulations!!! Thats really cool and well deserved!! enjoy your spotlight!
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04/26/10 6:06 AM GMT
Last in the queue as usual and too slow to catch cold,That's me.Well done Jimbob,Who knows perhaps one day it might be National Geographic..R.
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04/30/10 11:32 AM GMT
Congratulations Jim!!! a very well deserved honour! I have been checking through your gallery as I have not been able to be around as much lately and I have to say my favourite photos are your series of 'don't fence me in' photographs - exceptional! Well done again Jim - enjoy the limelight!
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05/01/10 4:33 AM GMT
Better late than never to say CONGRATULATIONS! You truly deserve this spotlight.
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05/05/10 1:03 AM GMT
WOW Jimbo! congratulations I don't get on caedes much lately and just noticed that you got the artist spotlight. it's been a pleasure knowing and writing back and forth with you for the last two and a half years or so. If I'm not mistaken you were the first person to welcome me here at caedes and I've also seen you do this for many others that are new to caedes. You make me laugh on a daily basis with your humorous comments on everyone's posts and your sense of humor really comes through in many of your photos. I really enjoy watching your photography and editing skills grow over the years. Well done Jimbo, you deserve this honor.
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05/24/10 3:12 AM GMT
Way to go, Jimbo! I knew about this, but chose to wait until one of my "feel good moments" to say that it doesn't surprise me that you made it here to be recognized for your wonderful pics and I am only surprised that it took so long. Hurrah! Cindy
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