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Location: Fort Bragg
Gender: Female
Born: Baby Boomer
Interests: Photography,Travel, Cooking
Member: Premier Artist
Joined: August 2007
I have been practicing and learning Photography for well over the last twenty years. Our first SLR was a Canon Rebel EOS Elan. We currently have two Digital Cameras, both canons a Rebel Xsi and a EOS 5Dmkii along with several interchangeable lens. I have the greatest admiration for those who consistently photograph great pictures and try to learn their tricks of the trade. I am forever striving to be better and to figure out where I fall short. I have learned a lot while a member of FAR and still continue to learn. I do my best to help others when I can and learn from those that I can. I appreciate honest straightforward reviews from those who are geniuniely striving to help. I dislike attacking and negative reviews from those who feel they must find fault whether it exists or not. I prefer more positive reviewing, pointing out the good and suggesting correction for anything I see that can be improved, in my opinion, of course.

I have been creating Mixed Media in Photography for about ten years. Other sites call it Digital Art, but I like that FAR separates it from Digital Art which is truly an art form on its own. Mixed Media in Photography should always start with a quality photograp. It is not Art if it is used to disguise a poor photograph. Again I have learned a great deal from other Mixed Media Photographers on FAR and am always willing to help those who wish to learn in turn.

My husband and I are both reired, and we are fortunate that we are able to travel extensively. I enjoy taking photographs of the great places we have been lucky enough to visit. When at home, Steve is happy in his woodworking shop, and I love cooking and gardening.


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Life is but a dream.
Snopaw: Go and check out the entries for Portrait in Black and White. There are really some top notch entries and are worth having a look and then casting a vote for your choice :) We have all mediums in this contest!
October 2 at 6:02PM
    MoonWillow: Thank you, Snopaw. I had a hard time making up my mind... so many fantastic photos and art. Love the mood of B&W's. :)
    October 3 at 6:55AM
    stik551: It was a great selection and hard to pick just one. great contest
    October 3 at 10:41AM

Snopaw: The entries for Rustic Barns and Buildings are really very good! The voting is open for the contest. Even if you don't wish to vote, go and have a look and enjoy. While you are there you might as well cast a vote for your favorite :)
September 29 at 12:24AM
    Life is but a dream.: I popped in to the booth and yes you are right some really great entries!
    September 29 at 8:59PM
    Marie REID: Well done for winning the Rusty contest. Keep up the good work.
    October 2 at 2:05AM
    Snopaw: Olga, I am so glad to hear from you. 'Where in the world is Ogla ?))

    Thanks for the congrats Marie :)
    October 2 at 6:04PM

Snopaw: I am certain this idea has been passed around before, perhaps even a few times. But wouldn't it be nice to have a section that members can post to for the purpose of sharing their images, but have them not be available for reviewing. I believe that is where the little space came into being where you can click for no reviews, but this isn't what I am referring to. How often have I reviewed something only to have the person posting tell me it was only to share with the members, that they know it isn't well done one. Perhaps it is a follow up to an earlier post, telling a story or sharing a trip. You might enjoy comments, but you sure as heck don't want to get a review. So instead of promoting with a Base Certificate, you have a different certificate, one that presumably would cost less, maybe $3.95 member bucks. There would be no space on it to review, only a space to give comments. These posts would not be available to be entered in any contests, it would be more like Social Networking.

When the other change came up, I think I tried it a couple of times, but it felt negative to me to not allow reviews, especially if you are looking to improve or enter a contest.

It could be separate like FanStory or FanMusic, but then it would be nice to have it as a cross over to FanArtReview so members on both could see.

Any thoughts??


I have also put this in the General Forum so it won't disappear :)
August 22 at 5:38PM
    Doris1022: Sounds nice, I asked Tom once to allow more than one picture to be posted on the same work of art. like a front and back shot or a right and left shot. or if you are telling a story in photos.
    The first posted work would be the one for review and the others just for clarification or reference.
    August 22 at 7:00PM
    Snopaw: So actually Mike Collier (on the forum) explained my idea in a different way, that is really what I was trying to say. He called it a forum or a lounge where people could share images they don't want judged, but something they want to share with their friends at FAR, snapshots, cell phone snaps, etc.
    August 22 at 8:58PM
    Lmsmith: I have to say this does sound like a good idea from what I can grasp of it, tho a little bit confused. IE: Shirley you have been giving me some great critiques, but some of my work I would rather not have reviewed or just personal helps. Is this what you are meaning.
    August 24 at 2:12AM
    csimmons032: Congrats on winning the Flower(s) photo contest :) your photo deserved it :)
    August 31 at 12:55PM
    Kbanich: Congratulations on your recent win of the flowers contest. Nice going! Whew Hoo!
    September 18 at 5:26PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Nessebar, Bulgaria won the contest "Framed Photo Contest"
March 16 at 12:10AM
    Sange: Fantabulous shot Miss Shirley!
    Bravo! ;)
    March 16 at 1:29AM
    eileen0204: Woohoo. Great piece!
    March 16 at 9:23AM
    Imagine Life: Congrats, a well deserved win!! :)
    March 16 at 9:55AM
    avmurray: Congratulations ! Well deserved win.
    March 16 at 2:34PM
    Michael Whitson: Congrats my friend. An incredible piece.
    March 16 at 4:01PM
    Snopaw: Thanks everyone for the congrats and great comments! My husband was the one who spotted this and hollered for me to come and shoot. I am sure I was outside the ruins stalking some flowers, lol :))
    March 16 at 11:36PM
    donkeyoatey: Huge congrats on a well deserved win!
    March 17 at 10:25AM
    Levon7: Terrific win, lovely image. Congrats to you!
    March 17 at 1:31PM
    stik551: OMG I'm so happy for you . It was a stunning photograph.
    June 5 at 8:53PM
    stik551: congratulations!
    July 19 at 9:50AM
    tdragonfly: Congratulations on all FOUR contest wins! That is impressive to win them all on one day.
    July 25 at 3:42AM
    farmgramma: Thank-you so much snopaw for sending a reply with all your info. I really appreciate. FG
    August 8 at 8:38PM
    Regina E.H-Ariel: congrats for your price and this fantastic shot
    August 17 at 7:06PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Jin Mao Tower won the contest "Unexpected Angles Photo Contest"
February 23 at 12:10AM
    Sange: That shot just spinned me right round miss Shirley! Well done, YIPPEEEE and CONGRATS! =)
    February 23 at 1:17AM
    cleo85: Congratulations!!!
    Truly well deserved.
    February 23 at 12:36PM
    Snopaw: Thanks everyone, it was quite a thrill, especially since it wasn't a flower :))
    February 23 at 3:48PM
    Levon7: Congrats for the great win!!
    February 23 at 4:16PM
    avmurray: Congratulations !
    February 24 at 6:37AM
    eileen0204: Wonderful achievement, congratulations!
    February 24 at 7:34AM
    manicowl: Outstanding what a shot.
    February 25 at 9:01AM
    Snopaw: Thank you, thank you, I appreciate the great comments!!
    February 25 at 11:43AM
    SteveANH: Spectacular image and a well deserved win! Congratulations!
    February 25 at 5:10PM
    pattigirl: Congratulations! Beautiful image!
    March 17 at 6:54AM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Double Sunshine won the contest "Flowers Photography Contest"
June 11 at 12:10AM
    Clyde B.: Nice job Shirley, a beautiful piece of photographic artwork!!
    June 11 at 1:13AM
    avmurray: You are so clever with your Peruvians. Congratulations !!
    June 11 at 4:02AM
    donkeyoatey: Lovely piece, congratulations!
    June 11 at 6:04AM
    Snopaw: Thanks everybody, I am lucky to have these beauties grow right in my yard :)
    June 11 at 11:28AM
    helena6052: Congratulations! well deserved.
    June 11 at 1:34PM
    willie: Congratulations! Your winning this does not surprise me at all. I remember when you posted it and I knew then you would win!
    June 11 at 4:02PM
    faizanzhd: i have some awesome photography for sale contact (+923425077687)
    September 22 at 1:36PM
    Heungyoul Yin: Your photos are very creative and impressive.
    I'd like to improve my photos thru your photos. Thank you for your sharing.
    November 2 at 1:38PM
    eileen0204: Congrats Snopaw!!
    November 30 at 7:56PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Iris and Cala Lilies won the contest "Nature In Black and White"
May 20 at 12:10AM
    ducilla: A truly wonderful image!.Congratulations on a well deserved win! dennis
    May 20 at 2:08AM
    wendyroby: Congratulations on winning the comp. It was a fabulous photo and you definitely deserved to win. Wendy
    May 20 at 7:29AM
    Jorge Gaete: Congratulations on a well done photography.
    May 20 at 8:55AM
    hekartstudio: Kudos to you on first place. Nicely done-HEK
    May 20 at 11:07AM
    fila4: Congratulations!
    May 20 at 12:22PM
    avmurray: What a lovely photo. Congratulations !!
    May 20 at 1:05PM
    old man bob: Congratulations on your win very beautiful picture. You deserved it.
    May 20 at 1:54PM
    phil1950: Congrats! well done
    May 20 at 7:33PM
    fotofriend: CONGRATULATIONS on your win! Well deserved - it is indeed a beautiful shot in b&w.
    May 21 at 4:08AM
    Lndslmn: Well deserved. Beautiful piece
    May 21 at 6:24AM
    havinfun: Very beautiful shot. Congratulations on your win.
    May 21 at 10:57AM
    Snopaw: Thanks so much to everyone. I really appreciate all the congrats and kind words. We just got back from Alaska, what a great surprise :)) Shirley
    May 21 at 12:21PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Unique Gerber won the contest "Not Natural Anymore"
July 22 at 12:10AM
    avmurray: Congratulations. Well dserved. :)Annie
    July 22 at 1:07AM
    Kikaspics: Congrats!! A lovely bit work and so well deserved. Kika.
    July 22 at 2:29AM
    donkeyoatey: Congratulations..a truly lovely picture!
    July 22 at 8:44PM
    dodgement: I think your Petersburg pic should of won the competition, It was far better than the ones in front of you.
    July 25 at 7:30PM
    chickadee: Congrats on a well deserved win!!
    August 21 at 11:00AM
    miesu: Congratulations on your win. It is a stunning photo.
    December 17 at 11:18AM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Truly a Spring Bouquet won the contest "Flowers Photography Contest"
May 18 at 12:10AM
    ducilla: Congratulations ! You ARE the "Flower Queen"... Even on vacation you win...D.
    May 18 at 1:23AM
    Keri Harrish: Beautiful picture! Congrats :)
    May 18 at 1:32AM
    mnmcarta: Congrats to winning first! Very well deserved :)
    May 18 at 7:14AM
    Sinbaddd: Congrats, well deserved win. Sinbadd
    May 18 at 12:04PM
    Debdog: Look what happened when you weren't looking! Congratulations - Hope you are having a great time!
    May 18 at 12:07PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Shipwreck near Roatan won the contest "Seascape Photography Contest"
April 10 at 12:10AM
    MadoriKind Images: Congradulations. Such an amazing piece of work. It's VERY VERY good and it won for good reason!
    April 10 at 1:00AM
    ducilla: Well deserved winner !! A great image..D
    April 10 at 2:07AM
    suffolkbrian: stunning shot of shipwreck,deserved to win
    April 10 at 2:34AM
    donkeyoatey: Congratulations..lovely picture! Donkeyoatey
    April 10 at 6:43AM
    kylaalex9: Congratulations on your win. Such an amazing photo! kylaalex9.
    April 10 at 8:01AM
    shiloh106: Congrats! Beautiful pic :)
    April 10 at 10:49AM
    emeraldheart: Great work,Congratulations.
    April 10 at 11:32AM
    ElaineHunter: congratulations, a great photo
    April 10 at 11:48AM
    Snopaw: Thanks to everyone, I appreciate the kind remarks! I have learned a lot over my years on FAR, never ignore the great advise you get here!! Shirley
    April 10 at 4:29PM
    JenniLynnPhotography: Congratulations on the first place win!! Amazing are very talented!! :0)
    April 12 at 11:39PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Three Clydesdales and a Donkey is the new Mixed Media Photograph of the Month!
February 22 at 12:10AM
    donkeyoatey: Congratulations! great picture, deserved win! Donkeyoatey
    February 22 at 6:20AM
    Echo7: Very well done. It was an excellent image & thoroughly deserved to win. Congratulations =D
    February 22 at 8:02AM
    ducilla: Congratulations Shirley!..Well deserved win. Dennis
    February 22 at 11:07AM
    Snopaw: Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the very kind words :))
    February 22 at 1:20PM
    AmbienceStudio: Congratulations on such awesome work. It was sure a winner. Love your talent.
    February 22 at 4:07PM
    PixelArtisan: Shirley...this image is well deserving of the recognition. is a truly impressive and beautiful effort. Russ Cleversley
    February 23 at 10:29AM
    hekartstudio: Congratulations! A pleasing and unified composition-HEK
    February 24 at 10:56AM
    Snopaw: Thanks so much, means alot to get your kind congrats :))
    February 24 at 10:45PM
    Max Eac: Your work is so beautiful, so evocative, so hopeful. I really do need to spend more time with it. thank you so much.
    March 23 at 9:39PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! Arches NP won the contest "Nature In Black and White"
February 12 at 12:10AM
    ducilla: Congratulations Shirley!..Well deserved win for a excellent photo!..D.
    February 12 at 12:46AM
    A. Cawley: Congratulations! Beautiful photo :)
    February 12 at 4:31AM
    donkeyoatey: Way to go, and congratulations, lovely picture! Donkeyoatey
    February 12 at 7:42AM
    Echo7: Stunning image & a well worthy winner. Even more credit as you best some excellent entries. Well done
    February 12 at 12:34PM
    emeraldheart: Congratulations Shirley!! Excellent photo.Monica
    February 12 at 3:11PM
    hekartstudio: Congratualtions! A symphony of design-HEK
    February 12 at 4:48PM
    Snopaw: Thanks to everybody! Really brought a smile to my face, and studio lights I have wanted are now on order, lol. Thanks again!!
    February 12 at 11:05PM

FanArtReview wrote to Snopaw: Congratulations! The November winner of the Recognized Artist reward.
November 11 at 4:10PM
    ducilla: A perfect choice for this award!.. Congratulations on a very well deserved honor!...Dennis
    November 11 at 11:04AM
    Jorge Gaete: Beauty by any other name is just beauty' Congratulations well deserved.
    November 11 at 11:12AM
    MoonWillow: Yeahhhhh! Congratulations, Shirley!Well deserved, my friend :) Shawn
    November 11 at 1:09PM
    November 11 at 2:03PM
    DeeZ: Congratulations!
    November 11 at 2:49PM
    PetaPan35: YAY! Congratulations to you, Shirley, this is very well deserved and I am so pleased to see your work recognised in this way :-) Cheers, Peta :-)
    November 11 at 3:35PM
    emeraldheart: Congratulations!!!! Shirley, So happy to see this go to you.Well deserved.Monica
    November 11 at 3:37PM
    donkeyoatey: This is more than deserved..I am so glad! Donkeyoatey
    November 11 at 4:45PM
    PixelArtisan: Shirley...sometimes hard work pays off!! This is a very deserving recognition. Congratulations. I has to be inspiring ...soooo... get busy!! Russ Cleversley
    November 12 at 9:03AM
    seshadri_sreenivasan: Congratulations on a well deserved recognition. You capture simple things / moments in life so well.
    November 12 at 10:56AM
    fila4: Cogratulations!
    November 12 at 2:03PM
    Dazzleme: Well deserved award Shirley! Congrats! It is about time don't you think? lol
    November 12 at 7:27PM
    Yojo: Congratulations your work has been oustanding.
    November 12 at 8:22PM
    joli: Congrats on your fantastic win.
    November 12 at 8:35PM
    Robin Gillow: Congrats. So well deserved!
    November 12 at 10:36PM
    virginian: Congratulations!
    November 13 at 8:54PM
    RagsAuggie: Congratulations Well deserved!
    November 14 at 12:29AM
    belgrano: Congratulations
    November 14 at 9:48AM
    Personify: Congratulations
    January 28 at 7:08AM

Snopaw: The sun is shining and peace has returned to FAR, it is a great day!
March 6 at 12:15PM

Snopaw: Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Remember to appreciate all that you love and enjoy.
February 14 at 2:20PM

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