Your pictures are boring, and something I'd expect from a hipster liberal-arts undergraduate college student. Work on composition, read up on the rule of thirds.
Got my camera the other day, and started experimenting a little. Needless to say, I have fallen in love all over again. Tell me what you think.
No cropping, no post processing, all the pics are straight out of the camera.
You should definitely pick up a book or two about composition and learning to "see" the photo. Most of your pictures look like snap shots because most of them are shot straight on with center weighted composition. The type of photo people take a theme park.
Try moving around your subject, get high, get low, find an interesting angle. Simple things can be interesting, but the way you're "seeing" them is on the bland side of boring. They may speak to you, but it may be a private conversation that you shouldn't share with others.
I think you were really on to something with your photo of the basket ball hoop.
Being critiqued amazingly helps, so I thank you guys, please do not hold back.
I have a high interest in street photography, detail, and things that people overlook.
And I see now how bland my shots are, like you said, very theme park.
I'll work on it, and keep posting new pictures.
One book on composition I would recommend is Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye.
It covers many aspects of composition in a relatively understandable manner, and ranges from general concepts to fairly detailed technical theories.
Another great read is Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure which is obviously geared more towards exposure techniques, but it covers many fundamental concepts of photography in a very approachable way and I think it's a must read for people of all levels of photography.
You've already received some feedback so i don't need to add too much, but i did see this..
Keep posting up your progress!
Keep an eye out on how the natural light is falling on your subject. It's difficult to shoot during broad daylight because of flat, contrasty light. Try to go out early morning or late afternoon. Things seem a lot different during those times of day. Good luck, keep shooting and it'll eventually come to you.