Hello everyone! My name is Javier but many of my friends prefer to call me Xavi for some reason. I've been lurking around the forum for a while now and have finally decided to post up a few pics. Nothing too exciting at the moment... more than anything I'm just trying to get a feel for my DSLR and learning how to compose and how to give my photos a nice touch through post processing. I've seen some absolutely amazing work while roaming through the forum these past months and only hope that with practice and persistence I can someday photograph the outside world with the same grace and beauty that has been displayed by some very talented photographers here. Here's a few I would appreciate C&C on. Be as honest and blunt as you'd like! Thanks for your time! All shot with Nikon D40x 18-135mm 1. Aperture Priority: [F/5.6, Exposure 1/125 sec, ISO 400] I made this pic B&W because the original color photo had some distracting bright colors that didn't blend well with the zebras stripes so I just opted for a B&W to mask those colored specs in the original. 2. Aperture Priority: [F/6.3, Exposure 1/100 sec, ISO 100] With this sunset picture I really wanted to capture the red-orange glow of the sun and have it loom over the surface of the water. I like this image however I fear that I may have tweaked the saturation and contrast levels too much. let me know what you think. 3. Aperture Priority: [F/8, Exposure 1/200 sec, ISO 100] I shot this today with the hope of capturing a bird in flight. Instead I got this bird standing on one foot hopping branch to branch in the water. Not sure if my eyes are deceiving me or not, but in this one, I can't tell if the bird is properly focused and sharp. Looks a bit OOF to me. What do you guys think?