As an amateur just migrated from Point and Shoot, I am both amazed and overwhelmed by the techniques needed to create shots that are beautiful and meaningful. Technical techniques can be studied and learned, but how does one learn to "see" creatively? How does one learn to see the way a photographer sees? I bought a Nikon D50 dSLR two days ago and the following shots are the ones I feel are most creative of all. Don't critique me; please just let me know what's wrong with them (technically) and if you were taking the shots, how would you have composed them. Thanks. the flower: I tried to contrast the flower in the centre with the wilted leaves surrounding it. I gave a large portion to the brick wall to include the shadows. The fence: I tried to convey the emotion of being barred from the soceity. hence the fence in focus and the buildings in the background. I guess my point wasn't clear. The post-it note: I just thoght it was cool. i liked the slanted lines and the way the post-it note was flipped upward. The water drops: I am very flattered that ppl like this pic. Too be honestly with you though, I didn't put much thought into it; a friend wanted me to show off what my new camera could do, so I turned on all the kitchen lights, set the shutter speed to 1/500, maxed aperture, and took a shot at the water. The way it came out was all but luck. The bike: I actually spent most time w/ this shot. I liked the composition and how the shadow was cast on the wall, on the ground, and onto the yard door. the two dolls: the tough guy(off focus)looking at the asian innocent looking kid(in focus). I thought it was cool. The sign and tall tree: I liked it because of the perspective and how part of the sign was hiding in the leaves. BTW, its not a tree, it's a lamp post. THe dog: I like the way he sat and he was happy.