I am relatively new to the community and have not posted anything for a while. However, over the last couple of months I have been doing a lot of reading and taking lots and lots of photos, majority of them as self-learning exercise. Until 4 months ago, I was mainly using P mode but now I am trying to switch to manual mode for all my photos. However, it has not been easy as I keep making many mistakes.
My objective is to get it as right as possible in-camera and I know that I can get close to my objective only by making mistakes and understanding what I did wrong or what I did right. So I need help from you and will sincerely appreciate feedback, critique and suggestions on a couple of photos I will be posting here over the next couple of days.
Here is the first one
This Photo was taken with camera hand held on a cloudy evening in Sydney, Australia.
The settings were as follows.
Camera Model Canon EOS 40D
Shooting Date/Time 3/07/2011 4:59:45 PM
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/50
Av( Aperture Value ) 11.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length 70.0mm
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style Standard
Long exposure noise reduction 1:Auto
High ISO speed noise reduction 1:On
Highlight tone priority 0: Disable
Drive Mode Single shooting
Will appreciate your feedback on the photo and suggestions you may have to improve the composition, sharpness and exposure.
I feel I did not get the exposure right; perhaps I could have used F/8 and shutter speed of 1/60 or so. How could have I got the correct exposure in the first place? Not sure where I got the meter reading from, but perhaps I could have looked at the histogram and corrected the exposure and taken another shot. Is that the only way?
I did try to use rule of thirds for the sky. I also tried to get a couple of people in the shot for showing the scale aspect. What else could I have done here?
I selected just a single focal point on a part of the building. Should I have let the camera select focal points in this case as I was interested in getting the whole building as sharp as possible?
The RAW image can be downloaded from:
Many thanks in advance.