11th of January
Art/photography, films, literature, travelling.
Anita was born in Norway. She has lived in England for 22 years, Australia for 15 months and has spent the rest of her years in Norway.
She loves: traveling, photography, art, reading, music, history, politics, spending time with family and friends, her three cats, and last but not least she loves her wife who is her muse.
Anita has recently bought a Canon EOS 5D mark II :) :) :) and she is hoping it won't take too long before she totes it everywhere with her with confidence. She is rather fond of her Canon PowerShot SX 30IS which will always be packed into her new Lowepro camera bag alongside the 5D mark II.
She makes no claim what so ever to be anything other than just someone who loves photography and art when reviewing. She is no PRO!
Her main areas of interest in the photography field is B/W, Macro, Mixed Media/Artistic presentations and in the arts department it lies in Abstracts.
Dare to be yourself. Anita
A. Cawley :
A big thank you for the mixed media photograph of the month nomination :))))))))
March 24 at 5:04PM
A. Cawley :
Canon EOS 5D mark II in da house!! :) Yay :) New camera, new challenges....looking forward to it :)
July 29 at 12:28PM
ducilla : A great camera and you will enjoy it!... A good choice in my opinion...Dennis
August 1 at 6:43PM
A. Cawley : Thanks:) Now it's time for lots of reading, lots of experimenting and hopefully something good will come out of it :)
August 4 at 7:50PM
A. Cawley :
I'm wondering if anyone out there in FAR land knows of other sites that concentrate more on artistic photography/mixed media rather than the more purist photography? I would appreciate it if suggestions could be sent to me via private message.
I wish everyone a great weekend :)
July 29 at 11:22AM
A. Cawley :
My heart goes out to all those caught up in the terrible bombing of our nations' government/government headquarters in Oslo this afternoon, and to the youths killed by a gun toting maniac whilst attending The Labour Party's (Arbeider Partiet - AUF)) yearly summer camp for young Labour Party politicians/supporters earlier this evening (Police recon the two incidences are very much linked)and their loved ones. Tragic. http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn31.gif
July 22 at 4:43PM
EvaB : NORWAY IS IN MY PRAYERS. EVA B.
July 28 at 6:32PM
A. Cawley :
I am SOOOO enjoying my life as a newlywed :) :) :)http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn36.gif
ps: anyone know how I go about changing my name here on FAR?http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn32.gif
July 19 at 2:40AM
avmurray : Congratulations. Your happyness is shining through. Think you have to ask Tom, but you could of course just try to change your own profile. It is after all possible to edit the text and photo. We won't know it is you any more thou.
July 19 at 4:38AM
A. Cawley :
A few weeks back I decided to enter an online photography contest just for fun more than anything. I just got word that I am finalist and that I have been published in the book "Photography Vibes - Best of Edition 2011"!! And today I received a copy of the book along with a Photography Vibes Honorary Certificate of achievement as a finalist and having been published....This is very humbling and has turned out to be a HECK of DAY :)
June 27 at 12:16PM
A. Cawley : Thank you, thank you :)
June 27 at 4:42PM
A. Cawley :
Which one do I invest in, the Canon 5D mark II or the Canon 7D....that is the big question of the day.
June 18 at 3:37AM
Keri Harrish : I'd go and hold both see which feels better and read reviews on each model or flip a coin ;)
June 18 at 7:38PM
A. Cawley : The 5D mark II seems to beat the 7D hands down in reviews. So if it sits right in my hand well then I have found my new camera :)
June 19 at 3:34AM
Shakeadog : Nikon, always choose Nikon!!! LOL
June 20 at 2:24AM
RagsAuggie : 5D Mark --I believe it is the work horse--But I would hold both and see which one feels better in the hand first!
June 20 at 6:58AM
kmcw53 : I am so sorry for joining this conversation so late but I own the 5D Mark II and am partial to it. I have seen the 7D and think the 5D is a better camera.
June 22 at 9:31PM
A. Cawley : Thank you all for taking the time to jot down your thoughts... Hopefully I will be the proud owner of the 5D mark II by the end of July :)
June 27 at 12:18PM
A. Cawley :
It isn't always possible to take photo's using a tripod holding an umbrella over the camera, so does anyone have any great tips on how not to ruin my camera whilst taking outdoor photographs when it is raining?http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn24.gif
May 23 at 3:17PM
A. Cawley : Thank you for the tip :) I'll play around with this idea a little to see how best to get this to work with my camera which has a fixed lens :)
May 23 at 4:22PM
David T Francis : Oh you meant for the camera... I just cover myself in the cling to stop getting wet. At least you get lots of smiling photos that way!!
May 23 at 6:10PM
A. Cawley : Hahahaha...:) I read your first entry before seeing the rest and sat here wondering how the heck you managed to work with your camera with it wrapped in cling film...then I scrolled down a little further and burst out laughing. My neighbours must have thought that I've lost the plot haha :) Thanks for brightening my day David :)
May 24 at 2:26AM
A. Cawley :
My Star Burst reached All Time Best :) Thank you so much to all of you that have taken the time to review it :) Anita
May 19 at 12:23PM
A. Cawley :
Happy National Independence Day to all Norwegians - Gratulerer med dagen :)http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn32.gif
May 17 at 11:12AM
Shelllady : Hey its shelllady that photo Blue's Destiny is in my one and only book collection and congrats on your star Im getting close and ill probably get a warning too They are fussy huh.
May 17 at 2:38PM
A. Cawley :
Received my first reviewing star today :) Promptly followed by a review writing warning :( :(http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn31.gif
May 10 at 9:16AM
A. Cawley : Many of the reviews that I write follow the Initial impact - overall impact module followed by thanks for sharing. This, it seems, is just a technical review and is not considered a proper review as I have not actually written comments.
Personally, I really do not see that much of a difference between an initial impact review and actually writing the words. Each point used in the init. rev. is saying the exact same thing as if I was to write: great composition with really good focus etc etc etc. In my opinion.
Rules are rules.
May 10 at 1:02PM
Pat Christensen : I will assume you are referring to your reviews are too close to the "cut and paste" type? This type of reviewing has caused many problems for people on this site and pushed the reviewer much higher than he/she should be on the rankings due to mass producing the more or less same review for all. By actually writing to the person they feel they are being individualized instead of being thrown into the mass production. I bet you will get better responses from most on here with written reviews. Hope it works out for you, congrats on your first reviewing star! :)Pat
May 10 at 3:34PM
A. Cawley : Thanks for the congrats Pat :) I hear what you're saying, but my experience here on FAR with the reviews I've written, I have more often than not been thanked for the detailed initial impact review. All those times that I have had a review nomination have been on this type of reviewing. Although this is the reviewing that I have preferred until now, I have Always given an individual review, not a uniform one.
The reviews that I have written since getting the warning have been the written comment type. I am not convinced that this makes for a more individualistic reviewing...after all, we are commenting on the same things more or less every time we write a review...and there are only so many ways of saying more or less the same thing the whole time. If you know what I mean..hahaha. I wish that this commentary box could be made bigger so that we could actually see what we have written...it would be so much easier to make sure that what is being written isn't just gobbeldegook :)
May 10 at 3:48PM
hekartstudio : Don't know about a warning for reviewing. Just go to FAQ and peruse "How many stars should I give and consider the following criteria for reviewing." I don't cut and paste. Every review is tailored to the individual piece of work. Review each piece as if it was new and the first time you saw it. What's the problem here? be honest each time you review-HEK
May 10 at 4:51PM
A. Cawley : HEK - I do not cut and paste either. And I do review each piece on its own merits...and I am giving my honest opinion when reviewing. I just have a fondness for doing it in an itemised way.
Well, no more. Those days are gone :)
May 10 at 7:02PM
A. Cawley : Yes, everyone deserves to have fully considered reviews of their work. The thing is we're all so different as people and what type of review suits some does not suit others.
As I mentioned further up, I have been lucky enough to have some of the reviews I have written be nominated, and All were of the type initial impact..where I was thanked for writing such a thorough "review". If someone writes a review on one of my postings that is below 5 stars and/or makes a comment on something that doesn't quite work, I really appreciate an initial impact list so that I can see how much work is needed on any particular area. That's just me :)
We have the option of choosing whether we would like reviews written to be artistic, technical or a mixture of these two. I myself have never hooked off on this option, nor have I noticed anyone else doing so. I'm wondering..why have an option where we can choose to receive technical reviews (and by the same token actually write this type of review) when FAR will send out warnings to those that write them?? Doesn't seem fair to me.
Thank you Carl for pointing out how to make this dialogue box bigger :) :)
May 11 at 1:26AM
A. Cawley :
It never ceases to amaze me how a few people feel compelled to write the exact opposite to what others write when reviewing the same artwork. Logic tells me that the many outweigh the few. I love mysteries.... why do they (the few) do it? Are they the ones that give you the truth? Do they have inferior graphics cards on their PC? Did they do the review having forgotten to put on their glasses? Is it a vendetta? Are they just simply being mean - trying to pull you down after so many others are lifting you up? Were they having a bad day/week/month/year? Etc, etc, etc. I have been visiting other far members portfolios and looked at reviews written and I have found this a recurring theme. Interesting. http://www.fanartreview.com/images/icn34.gif
May 2 at 9:49PM
castersupmode : If you promote a picture to the top spot on page one, you might be asking for it. But if your goal is to get at least some brutally honest opinions, then that's the place to be. And I think those opinions can be the most valuable, even if they are brusque. If you're in doubt, go look at the harsh reviewer's own output and judge for yourself if their images stand up to their own standards. If so, then you know they are helping you.
May 3 at 1:09AM
castersupmode : I might also add that it is sometimes difficult to be honest, because there are risks that go along with being honest, like potentially making an enemy or losing the opportunity of ever getting a 5+ from the person they are reviewing. People like to get along and so must gauge for themselves what it is they want to give (and get) from a review. It's kinda like real life. :)
May 3 at 1:27AM
A. Cawley : I totally agree with you that when one chooses to post here on FAR then you're putting your head on the block, and have to be prepared for anything. That I get. And I'm guessing that most people here are here to learn to take better photographs. I know I am. I also know that it is impossible to please everybody all of the time. What I do not understand is when a few reviewers consistently give star ratings that are way lower than almost every other reviewer writing about the same piece of work. What does this say of the many that gives a high rating? Are they being dishonest? If so, to what purpose?
Personally, I welcome constructive critisism...especially those that include helpful tips on how to a) avoid making the same mistake again and b) how to fix the shot that has already been taken. To retaliate by giving a low star rating to a reviewer that has given you one is not something I practice. Doing so is a no win situation.
Thank you, for taking the time to offer your opinion to my little "splurge" :) A
May 3 at 2:50AM
Flight_of_Raven : "What I do not understand is when a few reviewers consistently give star ratings that are way lower than almost every other reviewer writing about the same piece of work. What does this say of the many that gives a high rating? Are they being dishonest? If so, to what purpose?"
What that says to me is that the majority of members on this site lack the experience to pick out the poor aspects of a photograph or the experience to offer suggestions for improvement. They then take the easy route, only pointing out what they like and rating higher than the image may deserve.
May 3 at 1:47PM
castersupmode : I second Flight's opinion. That's why it's useful to just open a separate tab each unfamiliar reviewer to estimate the value of their criticism (or praise) against their own work. That said, most people are well intentioned, no matter the skill level (or people-skill level).
May 3 at 2:49PM
donkeyoatey : Low ratings are just a fact of life, and not that big of a deal..tis true I rate high, for me the encouragement is important, I also include ideas on improvement where I feel it is needed..Don't like people giving low rating for lack of picture techs, or giving me a lecture on manual setting..especially if it is all cut and past crap. Pay attention to the work of who is giving the ratings, and look at their work, if you like their style..then start a dialogue for help..if they are pompas..say so! Donkeyoatey
May 3 at 4:08PM
A. Cawley : Thank you all for helping shed some light on this topic :) Anita
May 4 at 1:51AM
A. Cawley :
I need some input from fellow photographers here on FAR.... I am wondering whether or not I should go to school to study photography and/or take photography courses to maybe become a "certified" photographer. From the extremely generous reviews and comments that I have received here on FAR I feel that I can safely say that I am not entirely useless when it comes to taking photographs and it is something that I would like to take from the "happy snapper" stage to more of a career stage. I guess the big question is: Do I need to go school/study to do this or should I simply just get on with being a career photographer? Honesty and constructive comments will be very gratefully received :)
Wish you all a great Easter weekend :) Anita
April 22 at 9:41PM
Pat Christensen : I agree with Badger, it is not the education but the talent that shines through in an artist, not to say that if it is an interest why not go for it but remember what brought you to this point the love of the art is whats important not a piece of paper, just my thoughts:)Pat
April 23 at 12:51PM
David T Francis : I looked at courses out there, but I was more interested in the assignment side of things than the certificated or award at the end. I thought that these would help me focus on small projects to photo than just walking round snapping anything and everything I see.
I'm still hoping to go our with one of the photo mags here in the UK early summer to spend some time with their expert to look at landscape photos which will probably beat any course hands down for experience.
April 23 at 6:40PM
A. Cawley : Thank you guys for taking the time to write your thoughts on this. They pretty much match my own.
I have looked at courses that are available here in Norway and they are ridiculously expensive..they average at about 5000 GBP/8150 USD per semester/term for Digital Photography and most of this courses run over 4 semesters!
I think I'll buy a book of photography projects instead to improve myself :) Any recommendations as to what book/s I should invest in...not just project books but any book that covers the vast sphere of digital photography?
Thanks again for popping in here :) Anita
April 24 at 1:13AM
A. Cawley : Thanks for the book tips. I'll head off to amazon to see what I can find there :) Have fun with your project :) Anita
April 25 at 3:44AM
A. Cawley :
The camera I use is a Canon PowerShot SX "30" IS, not the SX 130 IS. It seems as if most people are not familiar with the SX 30 IS..but it is quite different from the 130 IS. Here is a link if you'd like more info in my camera :)
March 26 at 11:50AM
A. Cawley :
I am really taken aback with all the generous reviews received for the photo of Lord, my cat. A big Thank you to all who have taken the time to brighten my day a little :)
March 16 at 4:06AM