Our challenge was to keep our cameras set to ISO 100 and take care of lighting conditions with the aperture and exposure. Thankfully, I have a decent tripod and a remote shutter release. It let me experiment with my settings and still be able to get in a good amount of light.
Getting more secure with shooting full manual is just going to come down to practice and more practice. That means you should see a LOT more photos posted here.
What do I want from you? Constructive criticism! Is the exposure too dark? Would it have worked better if I had changed the focus somewhere else? Did it just. not. work? I would really appreciate the feedback.
My favorite shot from tonight is of the front of the Opera House, duplicated in the reflecting pool:
The reflecting pool before the sun went down:
The skyline around the Winspear:
More shots outside the theater:
My first attempt at panning to show motion. I didn't get the focus right on the car, and I have a LOT of shots of really blurry cars, but I think this one came out decent and gives me something to work towards:
I also wanted to look at the differences between higher and lower f-stops, since I knew that with higher f-stops light will give starbursts.
Now I think that it is BEDTIME for me, for sure! :)