Since purchasing my K5 this summer I've been trying to learn all forms of photography at once, and as quickly as possible. One disadvantage to this approach is that you often make silly mistakes, but the advantages (for me at least) are that you have a lot of fun and don't get bored. I suppose that making mistakes is not such a huge problem anyway, since that is how we learn.
Certainly we learn from our mistakes. Early on the mistakes usually come from inexperience rather than silliness - what bothers me is that I'm 50 years past "early on" and I keep making mistakes that really are silly.
You don't say what file format you shot in: night shots benefit from raw because that gives you the full DR of the sensor, while JPG chops away a lot of DR. In your first two I think I'd like to see just a bit more in the shadows (or, alternatively, even more separation between lit and unlit).
In #3 the balustrade looks very tilted: if it really was sloping that's fair enough but it looks like a case for using your K-5's electronic level.
Your bonus shot could have been at f/4 and ISO800, which would give a small improvement in IQ.
I hope you enjoy these images, I had a good time shooting them!
I did, which is why I took time to critique them.
First camera 1953, first Pentax 1985, first DSLR 2006
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