My first pics! Constructive critics are welcome

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  1. carlostau

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    Hi, this is my first DSLR. I had it for 20 days. Here's a few pics I took trying to use different shutter / aperture settings to obtain a "creatively" correct exposure.
    I know I still need a lot of practice but I'm happy with the results so far.
    All pics taken with a Nikon D40 kit lens or 55-200VR

    1. Slow shutter speed handheld (don't have a tripod yet)
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    2. "Zooming" technique.. Still need practice
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    3. Bonsai tree. Shot in Apperture priority
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    4. Seagulls. Shot in Shutter priority
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    5. Bokeh indoors (55-200 VR)
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    6. Bokeh outdoors (55-200 VR)
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    i cant criticise but there some nice ones..
    except the zoom one makes me dizzy ;)
     
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    I think you're on the right track. I like 2 a lot.

    2,3,and 4 I'd say are great. 5 and 6 don't really do anything for me but they look like you accomplished what you were trying.

    Number 1 could still be usable as a watermark even. 1 is the only one I'd say needs the most practice.
     
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    Welcome to the forums! I am new here as well so I am not in the position to critique your work. Although I must agree that #2 makes me dizzy too. My fave is the bonsai with the little starburst of sun through it. Starbursts are awesome!
     
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    2 makes you dizzy? I must be a wierdo.

    You could probably add some cool color effects to number 2 to make the streaks all fancy pants. Keep up the good work!!

    Actually the more I look at it I'm getting a little dizzy. I still like what I said I liked though.
     
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    really liking some of them, the seagul and bonzai tree ones i think are really good, congratulations, you're on the right track...

    as for photo 1, it's impressively steady, nice ;) haha
     
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    Thank you!. Regarding 5 & 6 you are right, I was trying to accomplish the effect rather than "communicate" anything.
    Number 1 would looked better with a tripod and a slower shutter speed. Handheld is very dificcult, thank God for VR :wink:
     
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    Putting the subject in the middle is degrading these shots. Though it's not a hard and fast rule to always put your subject off to one side... almost always it makes the shot more interesting. Tripods are almost a must it seems like to me... I'm ALWAYS needing it when I don't have it and wish I would have brought it with me. I would recommend getting a tripod. It doesn't have to be really expensive either... I have some nice sharp shots on mine (that just got stolen yesterday GRRRR...) that cost me $50 I believe.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I usually try to put the subject on one side when taking portraits to balance the image and make it more interesting, as you mentioned. Here's one I took just for the fun of it:

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    Only because I'm anal retentive.

    Clean up that rust!

    I wish I was close to the beach especially the beach you're in. Sure you have some easy on the eyes people. I assume a service animal is a seeing eye dog?
     
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    LOL, yes that's what it is, Either a dog for a blind person or for a police officer I guess. I didn't want to clean the rust though... none of the pics here where retouched. I was @ Ft Lauderdale on vacations. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina
     
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    Your photos are interesting and look like you're putting your heart into them. Keep up the good work and I'm sure you'll be where you want to be.
     

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