I have been wanting to venture outside the auto mode on my dSLR for awhile now and I finally did it. I have read books, etc. but realized that I wasn't going to get it unless I TRIED it. So these are among my first shots. I seem to be having trouble getting that razor sharp focus. The picture seems to be focused well in the view finder but when I look at the pictures I am always slightly disappointed. Any thoughts as to what I am doing wrong? (So, yep, I know a few of the pictures in this post could have been focused sharper.) Also, I struggled with the exposure of the picture of the goose. Any ideas as to how to better balance the white on the chest with the water in the background? I appreciate all constructive criticism! (I hope I included the pictures right. If not, please let me know if you can't see them.) Thanks everyone!