Can a Newbie Join? Would Love Feedback

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Can a Newbie Join? Would Love Feedback

Hi all!

I've enjoyed photography for a long time but am an amateur. I used to have a Nikon 6006, but when it died 10 years ago, I just used a point-and-shoot. I recently got a Nikon D40 and am really, really enjoying digital photography. I haven't spent any bucks on editing software yet but have been playing with Gimp quite a bit.

My photo interests include nature (birds, bugs, flowers, etc.), international travel, and children, especially my son. I hope to get more practice with my 60mm macro lens and want to get a good zoom lens for wildlife photos. Working with flash and lights is kind of intimidating for me, and I'd like to get some one-on-one training someday.

Below are some pics from a recent trip to China and from our local park. Would love your feedback. Thanks!!!


My son, Tyler. The pic is a bit soft--any tips for shooting a hyper preschooler are welcome! I like the composition and the background, but I wish there weren't so many red tones in Tyler's face. Blown up, there are several red flare-like pixels.


My father-in-law in a Shanghai shop. I did some photo editing around his ear and also took out my MIL's shoulder on the right side. Don't know if the edits are as smooth as they could be, but I like the composition a lot.


Traditional Chinese dresses


Detail from a wall in the Shanghai gardens


Taken with my 60mm. I like the pic but wish the left edge of the leaf were sharper.

Joined: 01/16/07
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welcome Smile and congrats on your new camera

Agree there is too much orange? (well I'm sure someone will correct me with the real colour haha also I'm not calibrated) cute pic though,
Love the one of your FIL, I can see where you fixed but it looks pretty good.
The leaf is really cool too but I also wish both sides where sharp.

Can you post your settings?

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Joined: 10/20/01
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welcome!!!!

no advice on shooting the active preschooler, I'm in the same boat here. Smile

definitely seeing orange in the first one. Sad

and I agree, the comp is really nice in the second one (I can barely tell where you cloned).

neat garden wall shot ... and the leaf makes me wish I had a macro lens.

Joined: 01/18/06
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Thanks for the great feedback! I'll try to look up and post my settings very soon.

Joined: 03/16/15
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Just wanted to say welcome and jump right in!

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Hi Janet! Good to see you over here!! I used to be mandie~max from may o6.
I cant believe how much Tyler has grown! I love #1 even tho its a bit warm and soft. It really shows his personality. Im also loving the garden wall and the comp on the leaf pic. Did you have to buy special lenses for the d60 or does it have a focusing motor in the body?

Joined: 01/18/06
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"mandie81" wrote:

Hi Janet! Good to see you over here!! I used to be mandie~max from may o6.
I cant believe how much Tyler has grown! I love #1 even tho its a bit warm and soft. It really shows his personality. Im also loving the garden wall and the comp on the leaf pic. Did you have to buy special lenses for the d60 or does it have a focusing motor in the body?

Hi Mandie! It's good to see some familiar faces here! Yes, Tyler is a weed; he's tall for his age, although I haven't measured him in a while.

Tyler is a difficult subject because he's so active and also because of his eye issues. He had surgery for lazy eye, but his eyes still drift a bit. We don't know yet if they'll eventually align by themselves or if he'll need more surgery.

I've got a D40. I bought lenses that work automatically with the DSLR. I had two lenses from my old SLR, but one was broken and I sold the other one with the camera body. I'm experimenting with manual mode, but it's extremely difficult when my little roadrunner gets moving!

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Joined: 06/22/02
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Welcome, you'll learn a lot here. I know I did.

I'm big into nature shots as well as they are usually my biggest choice of subject.
So I can't wait to see those shots.

I like your second pic. Love the colours.

Welcome again.

Cazz

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Joined: 08/23/07
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I'm a newbie here too and I do almost all nature photography, particularly macro...glad to see a couple others here are interested in that too. I love your leaf photo's colors and detail.