So, attempt #3 on the night pictures broght me a little luck. I don't think I have what I want to turn in just yet, but it's better.
I took Emma down to the lake in her velvet cloak with a suitcase and she loved being a model for me.
I think I got the time of day right, the aperture and shutter speed right, but I didn't have the focus right. I thought I was in auto focus mode, but I guess I really wasn't. Again, there's the trouble with taking a more advanced and unfamiliar camera out in the dark. I'll probably try again because, toward the end of my time outside, I figured out the problem and got the focus down just right. Only problem is, the sky was too dark by then.
So, take a look at these just for fun, so you can see some of my mistakes and enjoy the success if I happen to nail this shoot in the next couple of days. At any rate, you can look at these and at least get a good idea of what's in my head for these pictures. I want these, in focus, with the beautiful sky that's in the first two shots - which is only available for about five minutes before it gets too dark.
Mindy, I promise you can have your camera back tomorrow...just, can I please, please, please use it between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00 until my next class? It's really fun.