So to improve my skills I set myself a weekend project; to take a subject that was continually changing, and not to use any automatic settings or flash. So here is the view from my bedroom, inspiring isn't it?
It was a struggle because I just don't retain this sort of knowledge but I started to get the hang of it having gone on something of a journey via the too bright:
All monitored by a watchful cat who just wanted me to naff off.
The learning continues...