1) This is pretty well done, but I'm always a bit leery of images that lead the viewer out of the frame - from right foreground to left background in this case.
Thanks Mike. Interesting advise on it being undesireable to lead the viewer out of the frame. I was actually trying to do that, thinking it was good, in taking the viewer from the shallow simplicity of a pond out into the infinity of the world beyond, with the sky shot.
2) Great rainbow - the horizon seems a bit tilted to me, and if you could lighten the shadows a bit in the lower right it would help.
Thanks again! I had to edit-out a sign on the land (and a raindrop off my lens ), but I will go back and see if I can straighten-out the horizon and pull some detail out of the shadows, as you suggest. My girlfriend is the one who spotted this rainbow while we were on our way to Horseshoe Beach. There were actually two rainbows, one on top of the other, and the field colors were nicely-illuminated by the sunlight.
3) Absolutely my favourite. Again, if you could bring up a bit of detail in the foreground rocks I think it would add rather than detract.
Thanks, and it is mine too. This photo (for me) shows the benefit of digital photography over film. I had taken 6 different shots of this same pier, but because I was able to immediately see the results, in the first two I was able to see I had a tiny speck of 'someone's home' sticking-out in my left framing, so I moved my composition over to get it out of the photo. The next 4 shots I experimented with the lighting, and on this one there seemed to be the best and most interesting blend of the cool blue of the ocean and sky merged with the warm glow of the sunset ...
#4/5 don't do much for me, but everyone gets an opinion.
I agree, #4 is pretty ho-hum, but it was the first lighthouse I ever photographed I was really just trying to experiment with the 'stretching' effect of a super-wide lens ...
My girlfriend actually took #5 and I thought she took a better shot with her G9 than I did with my 50D. I agree with the previous criticism of the palm leaf in the right side (she even said this also), but what I liked was the depth-of-field generated by the little point-n-shoot and how it captured the texture of the marshland, from front-to-back.
Thank you very much for taking the time, Mike, and thank you too Jeremy for your kind words.