I've been out several times at night the past weeks and while the shots looked ok'ish on LCD, once home, big disappointments So after a lot of reading and testing, this evening I think I had for the first time some tiny sort of success, at least I start to like what I see. Here a picture of the Dubai Skyline, taken from a pier out of Jumeirah Public Beach. From what I experience, the light before complete darkness have been the nicest ones. I was a bit gutted when I found out later that I had spot metering on. There is a small white building right center of the picture which has good lighting and is quite sharp compared to the other buildings. Is that because it's closer or how much impact has the spot metering on this. How would the picture look with evaluative metering? If you have good suggestions, I'll go back tomorrow evening and fine tune the settings. Also, at time I think the line and buoy in front are distracting, then I think it actually looks interesting. In any case, I couldn't crop it out and keep ratio. Practicing on this. Exposure 6.0 sec at f/13, Focal Lenght 22mm, ISO 200, Manual, Metering Pattern, Canon 60D This shot of the sunset and birds I took before and are pleased with the composition. Trying to keep rule of thirds in mind, I thought the position of the sun in top right corner connects nicely with the main subject. I liked the colors, there has been quite some wind today, hence making the Dubai sky sandy, the sun hardly came through and it was a very short sunset. I had prepared for the night shot before, then I saw the birds and forgot about it. So this was taken in Infinity. Can't be the way to go? :raisedbrow: Exposure 1/125 sec at f/18, Focal Lengh 72mm, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Metering Spot, Canon 60D Appreciate any thoughts or recommendations you might want to share.