I wanted to share a few photos I have taken with my first week of owning a "real" camera. After my son destroyed my point & shoot, we finally bought a Nikon D5000, after realizing that the D90 is just not in our budget right now. This is something I have wanted for so long! I am not new to photography, but am very new to taking photos exactly how I want them. I'm so excited to have manual settings that allow me to do this! Anyways, here are a few that I've taken over the last week, some are lightly photoshopped and some are not. A little girl and this penguin were playing together through the glass at our aquarium. I wish I could make the penguin a bit clearer, but I haven't tried to photoshop all the little dots of water out. I'm sure this would improve it a little bit. My 19-month old son at the beach. I photo-shopped this a little bit, played with the colors and lighting. I love how it turned out! Friends of ours that have recently become engaged and let me "practice" on them. This was a fun day! More of the lovebirds. I'm sure something else could be improved on this one, but I just don't know what! My boy on the beach Daddy and his boy! Okay, so I could upload all day! I am having fun with this, and would appreciate any helpful feedback you have. I definitely know I'm a super newbie, but would like to improve with practice and criticism! Thanks!