can I just say: wow!

I’ve been a point-and-shoot person for my whole life, and I’ve always loved taking pictures but have never ventured into the big, scary world of “real” photography. I bought my first DSLR camera yesterday (Nikon D60) and am figuring out how to use it. I’m excited about the possibilities, but somewhat intimidated by other people’s amazing shots. I’m not sure that I’m creative enough to come up with really amazing photos! But I will work at it and hopefully will improve with time.

In the meantime, I’ve been browsing the assignment submissions and you guys are incredible! I love the photos I’ve seen, and hope I can someday submit something I’ll be proud of. 😉

Newbie so a few of mine

Well Howdy do everyone.

Heres a little about me.
34 years young, live 1/2 a hour out of Geelong.
Been into photography since high school
Recently upgraded to a Nikon D60.
Currently setting up a website still got a fair bit to do before its finished.

And I guess a few pics are in order.

Taken last week in Sydney, CC more than welcome as I’m a bit of a noob and need to hone my skills more.

Museum Station.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Another 40deg day

And although technically this one is terrible I like it for some reason.

Feel free to comment as much as you like

Wolf/Ritz Camera

What do you guys think of the free classes that Ritz gives you when you purchase a camera there? I just moved back to the DFW area and am thinking of taking them up from whem I bought my DSLR back in July. I need the knowledge and figure it can’t be a waste of time. I was just wondering how much they actually teach you.


I took a few of pics of the roses I received on Valentine’s day. I already posted one on another thread, but I have really started to like this one so I thought I would add this one as well. Please let me know anything I should/could have done differently. Thanks!

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: On

Attached Images
File Type: jpg 3284608951_38fa612521.jpg (77.0 KB)

Newbie will a seagull picture

Now…I don’t know anything about taking pictures of animals. I was just out and about today and thought I’d give it a shot. Here’s my questions…
Is the black and white dumb?
Is it bad that it’s not really as focused as it should be?
How’s the composition?
Well, that’s it. ANYTHING else you have for me would be great! Thanks!

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off
Exposure Program: Manual

Spherical reflection

There was this spherical post top, which just cried out for someone to photograph it. I obliged:

Spherical reflection

Shutter: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Focal length: 130 mm
Exposure bias: 0 EV

Do you think the composition works? Does the reflection of the photographer (viz., myself) take away anything from the image? I am not sure how I could have avoided not putting my reflection in the sphere, but that question nags me.

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