Well I finally took it out of Auto and into manual... and things just went down hill from there. Having to adjust your settings every shot was a real challenge and the fact that it was partly cloudy didnt help. Seemed every time I was ready to take a shot the sun would come out and I would need to readjust. I thought I had taken some good shots but when I looked at them when I got home they were far less than what I expected. Seems that anything with a light color was overexposed. Of course I really didnt have a clue on where my starting point should be...Basically I turned on the camera put it in M and followed the metering indicator and made my adjustments off of that. Oh well...at least I had the day off.