Currently in Europe
Music, taking pictures, dancing
I have loved taking pictures since I was 10 years old and had a tiny 'mini-camera' from Germany that was about the size of a Kennedy half-dollar.
Now my daughters and family are located all over the world, so pictures have come to be extremely important to me in order to keep me surrounded by those loves of my life. Of course capturing nature at its special moments and the beauty it offers to us, is also a love of mine.
At the end of 2011, my life took various intense turns, some good and some not so good, and the hundreds of pictures of my precious grandsons are what keep me going.
Now that I am unemployed after working as a European IT Manager/Global IT Co-Ordinator, so it seems the right time to share some of the pictures I have taken over the past years. My daughter gave me my first digital camera three years ago, so you will see some of the photos I have taken since then and which I believe are noteworthy.
Hope you find them as 'special' as I do. :o)
Where there's a will, there's a way!
Many of you may have read my entry of April 2nd. I was heading out on a venture to be healed of inside hurts & turmoil that eventually lead to outside illnesses. After seven weeks, I finally felt I had faced and conquered - and most of all accepted how to be me and remain the strong new me I have become.
Sooo, my photos may sometimes be off the wall and not what one would expect, but they reflect me and what I saw, how I felt, and who I am. I learn more each day - each time I snap a photo, from my various mentors, and from each review.
Anyway, I am back now and unfortunately returned with a torn meniscus which has me on crutches until I see the doctors as to what we should do next. That means I am stuck in a chair on the terrace taking pictures of the garden - which is also fun in its own right! It is good to be back in full swing - my heart is grateful to all who walked this long way with me and prayed for me.
God bless you all bunches!
May 27 at 12:57PM
butterfly77 : What a small world. I'm glad you are back my little friend and have found out how to be yourself. I too am back after a years absence due to a life threatening blood clot in my lung. At this moment I am recovering from an operation to repair a torn meniscus. Don't hesitate to get it repaired. A piece of cake. Already I'm not using a cane and can walk around the block which I have to do every day as part of my therapy to strengthen it. Welcome back and let me know what you decide to do.
June 2 at 11:43AM
Many many thanks to all those who nominated me for the reviewers contest and I truly appreciate all the well wishes that I have received since the announcement. This site is like an extended family for me and you all have a special place in my heart. :o) Diana
April 20 at 2:50PM
WOW! Just logged in and learned about this honor after reading the message from FAR. I am truly grateful to each of you for this win and look forward to reviewing more of your wonderful posts with a constructive and respectful review.
Sharing God's blessings,
your fotofriend, Diana
April 19 at 8:30AM
Angelheart : Congratulations.A well deserved award!
April 19 at 9:08AM
glucker : I could not think of a better person to win this competition. Your reviews are always a joy to read and you give such encouragement to your fellow photographers.
April 19 at 3:31PM
Skyangel02 : Congratulations on your award.
April 19 at 11:00PM
michi13 : Yaaay!!!! You are always so thorough and genuine!
April 28 at 1:07AM
vinay5m : Wow friend. I logged in after months.. Nice to see that you have reached a place.. am sure you forgoten me.. :)
October 11 at 2:59AM
FanArtReview wrote to fotofriend :
Congratulations on winning the Reviewing Competition.
April 18 at 3:06PM
adr1an : a very well deserved win, i always look forward to reviews of this girls standards.
April 18 at 2:37PM
PhotoVision : Congratulations!! Wonderful that you won, you deserve it, Michele
April 18 at 5:55PM
pfemd : This is perfect!! You give so much to the site, I am so happy you got this award. You really deserve this award!! Paula
April 18 at 7:24PM
Life is but a dream. : Congratulations on your win, well deserved Michele. You are a great asset to this site.
April 18 at 7:34PM
sweetpotatoe168 : Congratulations!!!! You surely deserved it! I am very happy for you. Thanks also for the encouragement. God Bless! :)
April 18 at 10:22PM
Sange : Congrats girl! Well deserved win. You shine your light here! Bravo! ~S
April 19 at 12:26AM
cabobrian : Congrats, you have worked hard here and you deserve the recognition.
April 19 at 2:55AM
MichaelStonehill : Congratualations for a well deserved award!
April 19 at 4:39PM
DIYA17 : congratulations!!
June 24 at 12:48PM
HELLO and HAPPY EASTER to ALL!
Many thanks to those of you who wrote to me this past week. It has been different and often difficult, but since today is Easter Sunday, we have been given a reprieve and a day to do whatever we would like, so here I am on FAR with my family of artists! Once I have responded to your notes, reviewed some of your artwork which I have missed, and posted two new works of my own, I will be off again, and hope to be back in about another week. May God keep you in His care until then. . .
April 8 at 8:23AM
lonnieo : Hello fotofriend..Just stopped by to say hello and tell you I have enjoyed your photos. I kinda got chewed up on my last post. i posted it because I really liked it, not because I hoped they would.
It was the worst I have gotten so far,..so I'm ok with it.
Have a great week end.Europe must be beautiful! Loved the Ducks.
April 13 at 1:18AM
AprilWygant : I just wanted to drop by and Thank a special friend for an amazing post! You are a blessing in many ways! I will never forget this kind and heartfelt gesture! There is a reason we were brought together! You are a precious rarity and I am blessed! Thank you!
April 17 at 4:53PM
This time I would like to let you all know that I will be away for a while and will not have any internet access for at least two weeks. As I look at my profile picture, I see features of both of my daughters, and those two make my life worth living - while my grandsons give me the 'want to'! ;o)
In life we often have growing spurts, and I am about to go through one now. Being on this site and having learned from so many of you is an honor and a pleasure. Having met a very special friend is the crown on top of everything.
Tonight I will post two shots, which I have chosen because of the hope contained in the rainbow shot, and the true pure joy in the photo of my oldest grandson. I leave you with those two messages, and when I get back online, hopefully I will have new photos to reflect success, and an over coming spirit!
May God bless you all and keep you in His care til I return and for always.
Ciao 4 now, DJ
April 2 at 11:07PM
heedamarie : Am going to miss being in touch with you so much for these next two weeks but believe you will come back shinning like your rainbow....take care Diana, thinking of you ;)
April 3 at 11:09AM
sweetpotatoe168 : Enjoy your vacation my friend. God is always with you! I do really enjoyed the 2 photos that you left. Especially the one with the rainbow. Have fun!!! God Bless! :)
April 5 at 10:21PM
glucker : I know I have only just met you on here a week or so ago but I want to thank you for taking the time to converse with me on here.
I hope you have a nice time away and I look forward to your return and seeing more of your amazing photos.
April 6 at 11:00AM
I have read many comments by many members about giving and receiving reviews, that I have finally decided to share some of my own thoughts.
When I first joined, I was shocked at some of the very negative and not at all helpful reviews which I received. Some of them didn't even make any sense and/or the reviewer didn't even bother to read my notes or my profile. What I honestly admire about this site, is how on the review page, it specifically states, "Do not defend your work". How true - we should never feel the need to defend our work. If someone doesn't understand it or like it, that is ok - just say "Thank you for your time" and continue doing what you do best.
I personally would never give someone a 3 or below, because if I don't like it to that extent, then I simply 'skip' and look at the next piece. If I give less than a 5, I explain what I felt could be improved, either in this shot, or for future reference. I have actually sent messages to Standard Members who have never posted but felt it okay to give 2 stars because the neck of a swan was brown in the photograph. Hello?!? Sometimes they even respond and excuse themselves - they just don't know better. And hve you ever wondered if the reviewer simply needs to adjust their laptop screen?? I must admit that when someone reviews my post and says it has a 'problem' - that bugs me. My post doesn't have a problem, you do. My post may be missing something, or be crooked, somewhat out of focus, or whatever, so simply advise what can be improved and how, and I will do what I can - and what I agree with. It still needs to be 'my' post, not yours. Also, if I describe a particular quality of my post, please don't tell me it isn't there. You may not see it, but it is there. Again, let me know what might be missing, and I will see if I can help you out, but please don't tell me it is all wrong.
Now those on this site who know me, know that I feel art is the extension of the artist - a feeling, a joy, an expression, and sometimes just a memory wanting to be shared. For me, we can try to interpret, and say what we like or didn't like, but there really shouldn't be rules in art. There can be guidelines, and I do believe we can sometimes help each other express ourselves better, but we do not have the place to say if it is right or wrong. Beauty remains in the eye of the beholder, and a photo is still worth a thousand words.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, your having fun with photos friend, DJ
March 10 at 6:30AM
butterfly77 : Well said my friend. Something that needs to be aired. F0r myself I have a standard reply after thanking them. I tell them I'm a purist and what I see it what they get.
March 10 at 7:31AM
cabobrian : I agree with your statement wholly. The work that I present has been done to my satisfaction and I am happy with it that is why it is posted. If when reviewing I come upon a piece I do not like or understand I will hit skip it is that simple. If you do not like someonne's work either provide constructive critisim or move on to another. Most of us in this community are here to, both, improve our own work and help each other not destroy a persons dreams.
March 10 at 11:06AM
pzoette : I am so with you here. A good teacher suggests, not slams, and thus gets through. Someone who starts, sorry I'm going to dock you OR unfortunately tus or that is all I like. There is a way to be constructive another destructive. And if we try to achieve an effect, say then the review should start from that point. I don't read notes until I finish but before I write and I probably haven't stopped to look if I didn't see merit....from there I can write more clearly. And I like to review blind. Sometimes I find a work from someone new that way. If we didn't have something to express or want to get across why would we post?
March 10 at 2:10PM
lonnieo : Kudo's to you for expressing how you feel..I am sure there are many including me that agree with you. So thank you from me too!
I went and looked at your pictures and really enjoyed them. The baby is adorable! Is he a Grand baby?
Have a great day and keep up the good work. Hugs ...Lonnie
March 13 at 11:29PM
Lndslmn : Yes. :)
March 14 at 6:11AM
Rebecah : I am just starting out on here, only been since the first of March. I can see the problems you mention, so far I feel the reviews I have were pretty helpful. I have never had the ability to have a nice camera for a real push to my hobby untill Dec when I got the camera I have now. I have never had the income to start a site like this in the past either, this was the first month I could afford something that gave me any chance to sell photos, enter contests or evel try to learn how to comment on others, the fact that the feedback that I have recieved thus far is a benifit.
March 14 at 6:23PM
heedamarie : Would like to thank you on writing your thoughts and many of our truths so eloquently, I have never given less then a four and a half and always explain myself, if I feel less than that I too will skip it. This site has been a social saving grace to me and realize I am just a green horne when it comes to photography. This site allows me to be artistic and have a social connection with people I would otherwise never have the privelege to interact with. I like Rebecah have very limited income and am socially isolated so thank you again for speaking your mind so well.
March 16 at 6:25PM
Rebecah : Your welcome, I try to read some things at time.
March 17 at 9:17AM
glucker : I read your profile and you have I truly agree with what you have posted.
Everyone is different and that is what makes photography so great...we can all give our creativity a shot in this world of photography.
There is always going to be some that do not like ones work but that is life. We all have different tastes and views on things which makes it even more exciting.
Also thank you for taking the time to send a comment to my page. Have a wonderful day.
March 18 at 9:39AM
Sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who voted for my photo of the mural of 'How it Once Was'.
March 5 at 6:53AM
4 I AM : It was an awesome capture and well deserved 1st place. Congrats!
March 5 at 7:39AM
Rebecah : Thanks, I am not in the area where the real bad ones are, but get them out here.
March 9 at 10:13AM
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who voted for my photo of the Giant Marionette.
I am pleased to have been among such good company and to have stood out just a little bit.
February 23 at 6:36AM
butterfly77 : Big congratulations to you my young friend. Very heady - that first win.. I'm glad that is over. The waiting was killing me.
February 24 at 6:33PM
fotofriend : Oh, me too! And I think I was driving everyone around me crazy. Thank you so very much my Wise Mentor. Now I am full of renewed energy - let's see where it leads.
February 25 at 6:43PM
icnpictures : Congrats!! you have won a contest in just being here two months- I am jealous!!
February 26 at 2:24PM
fotofriend : Thanks much! I am amazed myself, however no need to be jealous - I love your work and have looked up to you for your God-given talent. All of your shots are winners in my book!
February 26 at 7:26PM
Love is something we should feel and be willing to share with others all year long.
May you feel loved by someone somewhere, today and everyday!
February 13 at 4:11PM
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
If we feel the need to apologize for what we are about to say - we probably shouldn't say it.
February 10 at 7:40PM
I would like to say thank you to my Wise Mentor and to everybody who has given me advise, suggestions, and support since the very first day I joined and posted my initial not so good photograph. Having now earned my first All Time Best was amazing, and I am so happy that it was with a photo of my precious little grandbaby! Joining this group is the smartest decision I have made for me in quite a while. Many thanks to each of you for your friendliness and assistance which has helped to learn, grow, and smile more than I have in a long time. I enjoy each of you, your artwork, and your stories, and look forward to being a part of this assembly of artists for quite some time.
Be blessed, feel happy, and pass it on!
January 16 at 4:20PM
icnpictures : Well it seems you are doing very well- I do hope you enjoy it here. You have some wonderful photos, I look forward to seeing more! Cindy B
February 4 at 8:03AM
fotofriend : Thank you Cindy!
I do truly enjoy this site and the artists. It seems I learn something new each day. I have a long way to go, but it is good to know the instinct is there.
February 8 at 6:18PM
Joserman : thank you for your comment it was very nice.
February 8 at 7:55PM
Ahhh, the sweet smell of success... :o)
Thank you to all who helped me acquire the 'Recognized' status for my B&W photo. I am so excited and look forward to continue to learn from each of you and from some online courses as well! Happy 2012 to everyone!!
January 9 at 3:06PM