Beginner's pics from a local arboretum/park

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  1. evo5gsr

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    In commemoration of Earth Day, I decided to get in touch with nature after all these years (but mainly I was just bored). Markham Regional Arboretum in Concord, CA was the name of the place. 'Twas overcast. All the pics are taken with Pentax K100D Super w/ the 35mm f/2 AL; RAW

    This pic is kinda soft for my tastes (lol):
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    Maybe I should crop this one:
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    For the next two pictures, I'm trying to go for the "urban element in a 'secluded' nature" type of thing. Meh.
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    Again, this next one is a little soft:
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    Meh, I liked the red-barked trees. They created some sort of "anomaly," I suppose.
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    Here's an unfinished part of the park (above pic was from that section) called International Garden:
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    Two main things I learned from this expedition: I need to find more interesting subjects (which was kinda hard to do here), and I need to remember to apply the different DOF effects when shooting (I could've used a shallower DOF with the second pic).
     
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  3. astrostu

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    If you're looking for some constructive comments ... I would suggest that you think more about the composition as opposed to taking a "commemorative snapshot." I still do this a lot - take a picture because I like what's in it and want to remember it - but I'm trying now, every time I look through the viewfinder, to think, "Does this look good - does it say something other than a 'word?' Or does it look like a vacation picture?"

    Doing that may help you in the future with your composition.
     
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    Park bench is nice, might've even looked good centred.

    Some close ups of the flowers in 1&2 would've been good.

    I think the main problem in all of them is there is too much happening and no definitive subject matter.
    Try using depth of field or a plain background (Sky or Grass) to frame and draw attention to the subject.

    Good work.
     

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