Had the most amazing light here yesterday, and I totally messed up. I love this kind of light and if I get another chance need to do Much Much better. What I got yesterday I could have done with a kodak instamatic and I am very dissapointed.
These are all as shot, no PP. Here are the problems
1. Noise. these are at ISO 200 I would not expect to get so much noise. I know I can make it a bit better with PP but these are really bad and not what I am used to seeing from this camera at 200 ISO
2. What is the best method for exposing in this kind of light. I always need help here. I've gotten into the habit of using Spot metering (it works pretty good for birds and flowers, but not sure about this type of scene) and that's what I used here. "Generally" I try to expose for the brightest part then adjust if required to eliminate blinkies.
3. Don't even worry about the focus. Something is wrong with the camera OR I've changed something and I don't know what. I'm working on that. The last 3 outings, the camera does not seem to be focusing properly. Again I don't know if its an adjustment gone wrong or the camera is malfunctioning. Just imagine the they are in focus.
Anyway, I'm open to any and all advice on how to expose and compose for these kind of shots. Be brutal (but not nasty, I feel bad enough already)
#1 1/640s: f11: ISO 200: 52mm spot metered on light part of sky
#2 1/250s: f11: ISO 200: 112mm: spot metered on light part of sky
#3 1/320s: f5.6: ISO 200: 170mm: spot metered on light grey part of road
#4 1/320s: f5.6: ISO 200: 200mm: spot metered on rainbow (my first rainbow, not much of a rainbow but....)