Thanks peeps for the welcome.
Truth be known I have been looking for a reason to justify the cost of a DSLR and now I have finally got the perfect excuse!
I will try to remember to use the auto modes as suggested as this is an excellent idea and probably give me some confidence. I have invested in a tripod and a remote shutter release so I am excited about that but also trying to use it without but there's a lot of shake at 300mm so tripod essential - so pleased I had invested in the tripod. May need to get a bean bag but trying not to overload myself with equipment at this stage.
So tomorrow rain or shine (probably rain) I am off to Rogie Falls to have a bash at seeing what I can pull out of the hat with moving water and those gorgeous autumnal colours... who knows I may manage to snap a salmon in action going up river! (I can dream!) I love so many pics of water and although I have snapped them a lot I am never happy with them as they all seem so flat and lack some ooommmphhh.
I'll try and upload a few for comments from the more discerning eye to see how I could improve...I took several shots of a seagull plodding around on the grass yesterday and couldn't believe how tricky that was to get the focus right in relation to the background but I eventually managed to get something that was ok for a few attempts.
The filter is a new experience and I managed to test it out on the sunrise yesterday with some interesting effects but feel it's more hit and miss.
Typical me trying to run before I can walk!!! I think though it's going to be addictive as I can see the shots that I want...but what I get are two different things...but I guess that's probably par for the course.
Think hubby is about to become a camera widow!