These were taken with my Nikon D40, with the lens that came with the camera...kit lens, is that right? Bare with me. Some of these are slightly photoshopped and some not at all. ^I particularly like this photo. I think the composition is nice and the colors turned out fantastic. ^Lake Como, Italy. I go between thinking it's underexposed to thinking I like the shadows, since it was taken around 4:30 or so in the afternoon ^taken in Louisville, KY. I balanced the camera on a ledge. Wish I'd had my tripod. No mirror lock-up, which is something I need to learn how and when to utilize. I used the bulb setting; that's the only time I've used it. ^much needed C&C for this photo. This was around sunset, but the colors (lack thereof) leave much to be desired. I wish I remember what white balance I was using. I'm thinking of investing in some kind of lens hood...would a lens hood have had much of an effect on this photo? Thanks guys. I like these pictures a lot, but I still have lots I want and need to learn!! Especially about using flash and taking pictures indoors.....etc. etc.