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Hi les .... it is great to see you back in the 'Fest. I agree with the comments others have given you re the first picture .... but it got you here, which is 2/3rd's of the ballgame. The night sky shot is wonderful. I agree with those who comment on the clouds ... makes it a much more interesting shot, as do the star trails.
The lamp shot is great in all details. I agree with the dark space on the left as an important element of the photo's balance. I might crop just a bit of it, but otherwise not change a thing. Great start!
The lamp seems to be defying gravity - I can't tell if it's on a ceiling or a table! And the leaf is beautiful. It makes me consider the plant kingdom's roll, to go through the cycle of life and death to renew again. This picture shows it off well.
Day 7: The trees are certainly ominous and they make the clouds so interesting. The light line of the foreground buildings and the reflecting white signs make for interest without dominating the scene.
Perhaps cropping the scene just above the clouds would make for a more dramatic photo.