Artist Spotlight # 59

Submitted by mimi 04/25/11 2:58 AM GMT

Our Spring artist to be spotlighted is someone with a wealth of knowledge about photography and who is not afraid to gently critique any image on the site: snapshooter (known as Doug to many of us). He has provided a fascinating biography. Stop by his gallery. Doug has a penchant for shooting unique angles. Leave some congratulatory words for him! Doug's interview:

This morning's PM was totally unexpected, and for one who is probably considered verbose in attempting to explain the reasoning behind a constructive critique, you can probably imagine how the instructions to provide a SHORT biography, presented an almost impossible dilemma. Just look at the length of that sentence.

For those that don’t know me, my name is Doug (snapshooter) Bays, and I was born in South/Central Canada, in the middle of the Great Depression, some seventy-seven years ago. Consequently, it was seventeen years before I graduated from highschool, joined the continue my studies, and purchased my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. Out of a three year hitch in the Air Force, I spent the second year in England, and the third in Germany, where I discovered the capabilities of quality cameras and lenses. Home again, I continued the photographic studies I had started in Germany, and within a year was working part time, (evenings and weekends) for a local studio, in addition to full time employment.

A year later, I entered two images in a National photo contest, and won 2nd and 31st prizes, the 2nd prize being a Leica 111f camera. The following year I entered the U.S. Camera magazine’s International contest and won 2nd and 27th prizes. The prizes didn't seem quite as significant, as the contest had been open to both amateur and professionals, and there had been in excess of 80,000 entries from 53 countries. For me, that was the real prize. That 2nd prize was an Esther Williams (in ground) swimming pool.

The publicity turned out to be very beneficial, as the following year I was offered a job as news film cinematographer with the local TV station. It made no sense to me at the time as I had never shot any movie film, nor was I particularly interested in movies. As it turned out, the chief photographer was a former newspaper photographer who had gone through WW11 with the Canadian Army, shooting motion picture film. All he said was, “not to worry” the only difference is that your subjects could be moving.

Two days of assignments with him and I was on my own. I retired in the last year of the last century, and it took me three years to get up the nerve to buy a computer, and another two to overcome the total intimidation. I really bought it because my move to the lake cottage caused me to be without full darkroom facilities for the first time in fifty five years.

I came across Caedes through a link on the Kim Komando site, where I was getting some of my tips on how to use a computer (without crashing). I hadn't yet started looking for such sites, didn't really know what the web was, nor did I know how restrictive a dial-up connection could be.

I learned very quickly that everyone else had internet speeds at least fifty times faster than Dial-up, with even the slowest broadband, and Cable/DSL/Satellite/Wireless were not available to me due to the topography surrounding my cottage/home. Hopefully we’ll be getting fibre/optic cable within two years.

I use mostly Canon cameras and lenses, but do have a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro and a small pocket Panasonic with a Leica lens. As for my favourite image, it’s not one of mine. It’s a portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh. I won’t tell you the story that goes with it, but it will undoubtedly be with the image if you Google it. “KARSH Faces Of Our Time”

Thank you all, who provided me with this privilege and honor.It is very much appreciated.


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04/25/11 6:54 AM GMT
A well deserved honor for Doug. Your photos are very unique
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If "Ignorance is bliss", why should we seek knowledge?
04/25/11 7:50 AM GMT
You've always been generous with me Doug, well done you and thanks for the fascinating glimpse into the life experience on which you draw.
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It is not "The powerful attack the weak." it is "The fearful attack what they fear."
04/25/11 8:39 AM GMT
A long time coming mate, now reap the rewards!

Your work has always been fascinating to me, especially the fractals etc!...I love our 'chats' via email, and hope we continue to do so!

All the very best for this accolade my friend
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* A picture is the expression of an impression * .. .. OwdBob'sGallery
04/25/11 11:08 AM GMT
Well done on making the spotlight ('again'... judging by your past history with those wins!) All the very best.
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04/25/11 1:48 PM GMT
Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh

"It was one of the most famous portraits ever made. Some say it is the most reproduced image in history. It was on the cover of LIFE magazine when WWII ended. The photo was taken by one of the most famous portrait photographers, Yousef Karsh - known as Karsh of Ottawa - on 30 December, 1941, after Churchill gave a speech to Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. [On the 60th anniversary of that famous speech, Canada honored Karsh and Churchill with a commemorative stamp featuring above photo.]

Karsh was hired by the Canadian government to do this portrait and knew he would have very little time to make the picture. He began by researching Churchill, taking notes on all of the prime minister's habits, quirks, attitudes and tendencies. When he finally got Churchill seated in the chair, with lights blazing, Churchill snapped "You have two minutes. And that's it, two minutes." The truth was that Churchill was angry that he had not been told he was to be photographed; he lit a fresh cigar and puffed mischievously.

Karsh asked Churchill to remove the cigar in his mouth, but Churchill refused. Karsh walked up to Churchill supposedly to get a light level and casually pulled the signature cigar from the lips of Churchill and walked back toward his camera. As he walked he clicked his camera remote, capturing the 'determined' look on Churchill's face, which was in fact a reflection of his indignancy. Karsh recounted: "I stepped toward him and without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, 'Forgive me, Sir' and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant I took the photograph. The silence was deafening. Then Mr Churchill, smiling benignly, said, 'You may take another one.' He walked toward me, shook my hand and said, 'You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.'"

The next photo Karsh took, where Churchill was smiling, was less memorable."

One of my favourites from your galleries, had this one bookmarked for some time now:

"The Law.....and The Penalty"

Congratulations, Doug.

Enjoy your time in the limelight and here's to you gracing us with many more images and but of course, words as well.

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04/25/11 3:08 PM GMT
Congratulations Doug !
You are most deserving of this honour, not only for your images but also because of your generosity and willingness to share your wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Your gallery is a treasure trove - I particularly enjoy your b/w works which I think show your talents exceptionally well.
A pleasure to read your bio - enjoy the spotlight my friend :)
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust . . . . The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." ~ Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
04/25/11 3:53 PM GMT
I have spent much time admiring your gallery Doug. I especially enjoy your wit. You are a true photographer and I learn a lot from your works.
Your recent post "Those Were The Days," hits home to me as well.
Congratulations on your honor.
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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
04/25/11 5:09 PM GMT
Congratulations Doug!
A well deserved honour for a great photographer.
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Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. - Philip Guston
04/25/11 9:19 PM GMT
Congratultions Doug - well deserved honor and thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge with all of us,

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. . . "What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome." A.J. Balfour
04/26/11 2:34 PM GMT
Hi Doug, I guess it's been some time since our paths last crossed but nevertheless your beautiful images have not gone unnoticed...congratulations on receiving the recognition you so have such a wonderful and varied gallery it is difficult to pick a favorite but Shining Through and Out of Control are definitely a couple I especially like...really enjoyed reading your bio too...thank you for sharing your talent with us and imparting some tips and useful critiques along the way.
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04/27/11 1:24 AM GMT
Congratulations Doug! Nobody deserves this honour more than you do.
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04/27/11 9:03 PM GMT
I really like the millrace shot. There are so many of your photos that I like because you experiment and try to do something different. I like all the desert shots. Most of all I like YOU. You are such a good friend and never fail to help me do better,. I really appreciate that. Thanks so much. You are so deserving. What a pro!!!!!
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AVATAR BY PJ............... i've been so bad about commenting on your photos. believe me when i say i look at them all. feel free to NOT comment on mine. Please Visit My Gallery
04/29/11 9:50 PM GMT
Doug, I'm so sorry it took me this long to notice you are in the spotlight this month. I really enjoyed reading you bio. and you are most deserving of this honor, your so willing to help others, on this site, like myself. I first found out about Caedes through Kim Kommando as well. :) Congrats to you my friend. Tigs♥ =^..^=

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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
05/02/11 6:00 PM GMT
Congratulations, Doug & I enjoyed reading your bio. This honour was a long time coming & is so well deserved. It would be difficult for me to pick out a favorite image as I like so many, especially the ones from the Southwestern USA. Then, of course, the images with your Labradors in it. Keep doing what you are doing as your work is an inspiration to all. Enjoy your time in the spotlight my friend.

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"Packers Rock!"
05/02/11 6:45 PM GMT
Doug, congratulations on this honor. I have enjoyed your work since my arrival years ago.
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05/07/11 2:00 AM GMT
You know I love your work, your gallery is superb. You definitely deserve the artist spotlight honor. Enjoy my friend. Should have happened long ago.
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“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” - Ernst Haas
05/08/11 5:50 PM GMT

Hello Mr. D

I enjoyed your interesting Bio and I took the time to look at your wide array of different captures in your gallery.
You are a very versatile photographer and you are well deserved of this Honor. Hope you enjoy your 15 minutes of Fame .

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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
05/10/11 6:56 AM GMT
As always, Doug, I'm late on the scene. Congratulations on being the "spotlight artist" and the first one that I know. Personally I can say that you've been an inspiration and an avid educator for me. I always appreciate your comments as well as your glorious postings. I think my first contact with you was well over a year ago when you reworked one of my shots using your HD magic. Thanks for your continued patience, your gentle and knowledgeable critiques and especially for your extreme generosity in sharing those bits of your knowledge that I try to understand.

Dorothy Michaels
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"George. George. George. It's Michael Dorsey, okay? Your favorite client. How are you? Last job you got me was a tomato."
05/10/11 9:55 AM GMT
Congratulations, Doug! I always enjoy your photos and I'm glad to see you highlighted here. Best of all I loved reading and learning more about you. It's nice to get to know you a little better! Hilda
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All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning<p> mygallery
05/11/11 2:42 AM GMT
Congratulations, Doug! I've been an admirer of your work for some time and think you are well deserving of this honor! I love the diversity of your work! Keep it coming! Wen
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05/11/11 9:28 AM GMT
Well Congradulations Doug,an honor that was long overdue it has been good to see you posting an some impressive work. Steve
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Photography for me is all about the camera an the shot. I make very little changes to my images, pre an post..My opinion photo shop is not a part of photography

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