Charlyee suggested that I post some of my older photos as a form of encouragement for those here who are just starting out. So I thought I might start a thread where those of us with no shame and robust egos can reveal our earliest blunders, er, works. If you're game, there are only two rules: 1) the photos must come from the FIRST year of your digital library (Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, etc.), and 2) they have to be "artistic" in intent. In other words, no family or pet snapshots, "test" photos, etc. Of course, we've all deleted the really bad photos we took back then. So these will be the best of the best of your original photos. Images that have, over the years, survived multiple cullings of your digital library, and that, for whatever reason, you just haven't had the heart to drive a stake through their pathetic little hearts. Here are a couple of mine, both taken with an Olympus E-10 on a trip down to the Antelope Poppy Preserve near Lancaster, CA back in 2003. I hit the peak of what turned out to be the best bloom in decades. If only I knew then what I know now. I had learned enough to know that smaller apertures yield deeper fields of focus. So hey, why not close it down to f/11? Diffraction? What's that? And ooh, look how a polarizing filter makes the sky look so blue. Let's crank that sucker up to 11!!! And how about this one? Don't talk to me of rules. I'm an artiste!!!