(Updated with more content)
Here's a few things for you, take into view the following two pictures:
These are a couple of the ones I was actively experimenting with in trying to get the framing of the light set properly. The first one is "distant", the picture is of something remote from the camera, the road doesn't frame it neatly and neither does it lead the eye (starts too far left for one) and the shadows diffuse too much towards the camera. The second is a closer one, with me angled a bit differently to let the road lead the picture on towards the light, the shadows are a bit smaller (no canopy shadows) and more defined, leading to nicer shapes in the whole.
Next, the following three pictures:
The tree in itself wasn't very special at all, and the backdrop shouldn't be there for the picture to be really pleasing. In review, I wish I could have used a lower focal depth (it's on full auto since I was just clicking around) perhaps that is not doable with the lens I had on (stock kit lens, good learning experience) but that is something I'd still need to try with to learn. The thing that caught my eye was the light, and in that sense it's a bit of a tie between the two last ones, with #38 winning in the end due to the closer focus, and less distinct background. It's a picture I will try to re-create at a later date.
Now for a few of the more interesting macro pictures I did:
The focus in the first two is a simple experiment, in one I had the flower as a mere accessory in the foreground while focusing on the rather dull asphalt ahead. It would have worked if I had been even closer to the flower, to move it into an almost indistinguishable thing, and have the asphalt leading the picture onwards a bit more (lowering the angle some as well) but as it is, its just a failed experiment.
The second picture is a bit better, but the angle should be more towards the right, cutting the green on the left to the far corner, or out of the picture entirely. Same conclusion, failure.
The last one is probably the best macro I did, in that too I was working on trying to change the focus towards the end of the chain, with a much better result, except that I failed the framing on those pictures so badly that I couldn't even dare put them up online (got shadows and other annoyances in on them) . Still, the chain is good, the reflection is solid and the line leads on towards the distance. However the camera-shadow in the front part (Actually, I think it was from a fencepost, really...) distracts and means that the picture loses out in all.
These two are both taken late at night, with the camera leaning against a small enclosure around the water pool. The shot is quite difficult since the whole spiral rotates ( the pictures are both taken from the exact same spot, just check the trees in the background, but due to the rotation, the spiral is different in both) Any ideas on how to get this sort of shot well, other than to use a more light-sensitive lens would be greatly appreciated. Because of the low angle, a tripod is impossible, though I could rest the camera on a beanbag or similar. On review, I also failed a bit with the camera-angle (note the lamppost is tilted in one of the pictures) and a few millimeters of the framing as I was trying to not have that lightpost on the left edge visible at all.
Now, here are a few pictures that may seem very very dull for viewing, however they were a vital part of learning the camera:
Why so? Well, the water is constantly moving, so you cannot use long shutter-times without losing to blur, and due to the time (20:00ish) they were taken, the light is dim. The flash just won't work cause of reflections, so it came down to angling the camera, and playing with shutter time a bit, along with the ISO levels. The net result, dull pictures (Nothing happens in water like that) however, an experience with the camera, and with getting used to the fact that the camera's eye isn't as good as mine in low-light situations.