one of the most daunting things about having a digital SLR is learning the manual settings and then remembering how to use them to create the right picture. I've made it a point from day one of owning my camera not to use the auto setting but to actually learn to take pictures.
while on vacation, I used our lighthouse sun-setting experience to practice learning my aperture setting.
I've been loving my new lens because it goes down to a lower aperture (lets in more light) and it takes really beautiful pictures. But in this instance, it was too much light and I wasn't able to see the sunset very well.
I bumped it up just a bit to see if it would make a difference and I set the sun as my focal point.
I realized if I really wanted a clear sunset, I needed to bump it up a bunch which would make Josh more of a silhouette.
I think I like this happy medium the best.
Practice is the best instructor.