Well I didn't find any ducks, but my first daytime outing provided me with some Canadian Geese.
Unfortunately, I'm a beginner to DSLR photography, and my Exposure Compensation was somehow set to "-2".
Please give me some beginner's critique... I'm a first time DSLR owner, and I think I did decent for screwing up the exposure (all dark and underexposed and mostly corrected in Canon Digital Photo Professional)...
Things I KNOW I did wrong after giving it some thought: had sun at my front, wrong metering mode (was set at center weighted and should have been spot), had my camera set at -2 exposure, didn't select focus points at all so things were too soft, and was fumbling with aperture settings. Also my compositional skills probably leave a bit to be desired... Oh yeah, and lest I forget to add my creative over-use of photoshop... but fwiw, I'm looking more for artsy-emotional than National Geographic.
These were shot at ISO 200 at in Aperture Priority mode at various focal lengths and aperture settings...
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Relatively unprocessed, just sharpened (it really needed it)
Needed processing for the leaf edge detail color to show...
Oh, and I don't care what anyone says about this last one... The DOF was a bit more shallow than I would have liked, but I like the feel that this one has... processed... but not as much as you would think.
My first outing which was at night... as I figured it would be harder to get good shots in low light...
just increased saturation a bit and changed the hue... I like artistic shots what can I say? :P
This was basically just a test to see what I could do with the camera, and how well it would resolve at night:
Anyways, feel free to say whatever you think. I just can't wait till I actually start getting good at this!