I am new to photography and just purchased/ received a Nikon D80 for Christmas. These are my first attempt at creating anything other than a picture of family or friends. Please let me know what you think and give me any pointers that you may have. At this point all I know how to do is turn the camera on and point and shoot, but I am planning on taking classes in January and have been reading about technique and technical aspects. Thanks in advance for the input. I took a few minutes at lunch to walk out behind our office and shoot some pictures of an old train and box car that have been out there for years. I also found an old barrell full of junk parts that was sitting, rusting in the rain. Like I said, I am new to this, but I want to learn more and any advice is greatly appreciated. I have a thick skin, so please don't hold back. OK, couldn't resist. Here is one of my dog. I thought it looked kind of funny when I turned it into B&W.