Thanks for the thoughts. The Photo forum is pretty much a list of threads with a bunch of pictures in them and little else. Many don't even bother to say what the subject is or where it was taken..... like we're supposed to know, right? They seldom give advice or even respond to a thread asking advice as I have learned. My normal approach is to use semi-auto aperture priority versus fully automatic (like Nikon SLR's were during the film days. Canon stuff was shutter priority.). But with a longer lens, I think my brother's suggestion using Shutter Priority (with a minimum setting) and then change the ISO to increase the shutter speed as needed. So, I'm not really seeking advice here, just stating the weakness of my shots even though that female cardinal is nicely focused. I like that shot actually. We're having drizzly rain all day today. I keep wanting to run over to the one TVA dam and take a picture or two of the water gushing out of the gates. The shear power is daunting. I had thoughts of heading to some waterfalls to take pictures, but unless I am familiar with "normal", a bunch of brown water pouring over a falls doesn't do much for me. I do take those kinds of pictures, but they really aren't pretty.