Finally brave enough to post! (intro & pic heavy)

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Finally brave enough to post! (intro & pic heavy)

So, I've been lurking for AGES, and I'm finally feeling brave enough to post for the first time! I've always been interested in photography, but I purchased my first camera, a Nikon D40, in February. I upgraded to a D90 in July. I have a long ways to go, but I've learned SO much since I started!

You've all been such an inspiration for me. There is SO much talent on this board, it's rather intimidating! Here is my info from the intro thread:

Name: Melissa
Age: 30
DH/SO: Thomas
Children: 2 Girls, Breanna - 9yrs, Aidan - 15mo

What camera do you have? Do you like it?: Nikon D90. LOVE it.

What editing software do you use? Gimp mostly, although I just got Photoshop.

How long have you been interested in Photography? Forever, but really started in about February.

What kind of photos do you like to take? What is your style? I'm not sure I've found it yet.

What/who inspires you? Many of you have inspired me!

Any favourite tip/trick you'd like to share: Not yet!

Do you have 1 favorite photo and/or self portrait you'd like to share? Not yet!

Here is some of my most recent (and proud!) work, please feel free to cc anything.

From our first snow day of the year:

All are ISO 100, Ap 1.8, 50mm

My fave:


Exposure: 1/640 sec

The rest:

Exposure: 1/400 sec


Exposure: 1/500 sec
PP 60% desat and contrast bump


Exposure: 1/800 sec
HATE the red truck in the background, lol


Exposure: 1/250 sec

Some other fairly recent work:


Exposure: 0.625 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Focal Length: 26mm
Flash Used: No
PP was star filter in-camera, desat and contrast bump. I know, her sleeve looks like a 2.

The computer these are all saved on is in the shop right now (lol) and some of them didn't have EXIF data included on upload.

Snapped out the car window on the way back from a shoot:


(settings unavailable)

Thanksgiving sunset:

(again, settings unavailable, but this was handheld.)

Impromptu shoot on the way back from Black Friday shopping:

(No Exif)

LOVE this pic, but HATE the cropped fingers:

And finally, a few faves from some shoots:






Thanks for looking!

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:wavehello: Not sure why it's taken you so long b/c your pics are great! LOVING #3, it's amazing! Loving the style on #6. I need to have the kids lay down as well b/c that's a way to keep my ss low, but not have motion blur. Biggrin #16 is great, love her freckles! TFS! I hope you keep posting!

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umm I think they are all amazing. Welcome, its hard for me to log on at work so I mostly lurk, but try to put in my 2 cents every so often. my faves so far are 1,3,6,8

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those are great, welcome and glad you came out of lurking

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Fabulous pictures! Definitely glad you came out of lurkdom, you're sure to be a great help!

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4 and 8 are my favorites! Glad to have you here!

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Welcome! Glad you came out of lurkering!! I love all of them but #1 is my favorite!!

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welcome aboard! I can't believe you waited so long to post! You are already inspiring me!

Your DD is SO LOVELY! she looks like a model!


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Thank you all for the compliments! I do have some work that I'm very proud of, but I'm also really pretty early in the learning process. As I said, I just started DSLR photography in March, and although I've grown a lot, I have SO much more to figure out! And I don't do very much PP at ALL, which I plan to change soon. I feel like I'm just now getting somewhere on my learning curve, and now I'm deploying to Iraq for a year. SO I'm going to concentrate on learning some good pp while I'm limited on my picture-taking!

Thank you, acarbo, my daughter makes a very good model, but I don't want her to get TOO full of herself, although I fear it's too late, lol. I also have a younger daughter who I adore taking photos of, as well...I just didn't select any in that post. There's some photos of her below, but I swear she does her BEST to NOT make eye contact with my camera. Getting a good photo of her is a PAIN!

(The focus on this one SUCKS but it's so cute I just couldn't pitch it.)

(chopped feet)

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You're work is awesome. I love # 3 and 7. And the first one of your little girl is too sweet. I really look forward to seeing what else you have to show us.