Hello all, I'm new to photography, of course. So far I haven't found it too difficult to learn the technical aspects of my camera. My real challenge is getting my eyes and mind working together. Basically, this means that I want to learn to notice new things about images. I've never had any interest in visual arts until now (I'm 30). I realized one day that my mind greatly simplifies what I see. (I suppose that's necessary for all of us to some degree.) It resists absorbing itself in sensations; it very quickly tosses in concepts like "line," "shape," "color," etc., rather than attending to the images themselves. Well, ok, all I'm trying to say is that I have a hard time noticing things, and I feel like I've hit a wall. Here are a few of my best pictures (IMO), and I'm real curious to learn what you all notice about them, good or bad. For me, I hope it will serve as eye training so I can learn to see new things. Next, perhaps some aesthetic feeling will rouse in me. As far as what I notice about them. The colors in photo seem more striking than they were in real life. And I think the exposure and framing are okay. The depth-of-field is too small, but it was all I could do with the light I had. That's about as far as it goes for me right now... 1. 2.