It looks like you're doing something right to me... You might want to try adding some fill flash if you're close enough to your subject (use your pop up flash if you are able). On a couple of the images, it will give a little more 'punch'. Even without that, the images are looking great!
>Hi Glenna, > >It looks like you're doing something right to me... You might >want to try adding some fill flash if you're close enough to >your subject (use your pop up flash if you are able). On a >couple of the images, it will give a little more 'punch'. >Even without that, the images are looking great! > >Nice job.
Glenna, I agree with the others about the 3rd image of the tree. As you can see, texture itself can be the subject. Using elements like that, or lines, shapes or colors, you can find and make worthwhile images from a wide variety of subjects and scenes. It's a great exercise to do that and will teach you to "see" and create great images where you maybe thought there were none. In other words, it's not always necessary to look at objects in literal terms but to see beyond that and break down the scene into those different elements.
Also, think about light--to me the most important thing of all. Shooting at different times of the day, especially early in the morning or later in the afternoon or evening will give you nicer light with warmer colors and longer shadows--all of which make for more dramatic images.
Think of other things you like and then go out and try to capture them. If you like a subject, hopefully, it will inspire you.
As someone else said, the most important thing is to get out and shoot--as much as possible. The more you shoot, the more you will learn what works for you. Good luck!
Your subject matter has plenty of value. Most subjects can work if handled right.
As dclarhorn suggests, I think the time of day limited you a bit here in that early or late hours probably give better light. For example, the overhead light caused the willow to shadow in the detail of the wood and leaves more than you might like.
I've read several comments by some of the more popular writers about how they get up early and stay up late but take a nap or go to the beach in the mid-day without their camera. Fill light or some other approach may be more reasonable for most of us.