First Shots With D40

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  1. Copacetic

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    I think this is the right place to post this, if not let me know!

    I just got my Nikon D40 yesterday, and spent the better part of the afternoon playing around with it. None of my shots are anything special, especially composition-wise, but I thought I'd post a few up anyway. I used the Nikon D40 with 55-200m VR lens for all of these. Critique is welcome, and appreciated!

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    This dragonfly I caught flitting about around 15 feet away, I used manual focus and zoomed all the way in to 200mm to get these shots.

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    These were taken at about 7:30PM or so, in failing light. The horses are my neighbors'. All shots have had Curves tweaked in Photoshop, and the dragonfly was sharpened.

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
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    I'm no expert but I like your shots, especially for being your first shots with the D40. I wish I could say the same for my first (couple thousand :lol:) shots :playball:. I really like the way the background blurs (known as bokeh) in the last couple horse shots and how clear all the shots are :thumbup:.
     
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    Like potownrob I wish my first shots (or the ones I'm taking now) were that good!

    I think #4 is great! Nice color and good bokeh.

    Background on the dragonfly seems a little distracting to me though.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words! Just to note, though; you should see the shots I didn't post. :D

    I agree, the brightness/color of the background is distracting in the shot of the dragonfly. It was flitting back and forth between two twigs, here is a shot of it on the other, with a frontal view:

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    Oh, and here's a shot of a yearling, she has her own little paddock with a high fence, so I had to go through the fence rather than above it. I kinda like how it turned out, though, with her looking through the gap in the boards at me. The highlights are a tad bright, especially at her flank, though.

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    I love this camera and lens, it lets me do a LOT more than I could with with my point and shoot. :)

    Thoughts on these as well?
     
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    Beautiful shots!

    I love the second one, the lighting on her(?) coat is magnificent! Maybe with a different crop, so that it is less centered...
     
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    Thanks, Kate! Yes, she is a beautiful mare. In retrospect, a tighter crop eliminating the lower left-hand corner would be much better, I agree. *winces*
     
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    I hope your kidding.
     
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    Duly noted, thank you for pointing that out. I've changed my signature to abide by the rules. Though I would have appreciated it if you'd contributed more to the topic at hand. :p

    Any thoughts on the photos? I thrive on comments and constructive criticism. :)
     
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    You're way to polite. I would of told him to piss off.

    Anyways, the pictures....


    To tell you the truth, the sharpness of all these pictures, taken from the same camera that I have, tells me that I can do better. These pictures have actually inspired me to work harder. Love the picture where the horse is looking through the gate. Awesome comp. What lens are you using.
     
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    Well, rules is rules. Could've been stated nicer, yes, and perhaps elsewhere, but I've had my rude days too. :D

    Really?! Well, thank you very much. :blushing: I'm using the Nikkor 55-200mm DX VR, love it so far. Though I didn't get the chance to take any more shots today. If I can't sleep tonight I'm going to do some work in my makeshift studio in my back room. :lol:
     
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    Yeah, sorry I read ure first post again. It stated your lens. Im an idiot.
     

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