Wonder if any of you guys can give me any tips with the following please. I took two long exposures recently of different cities. The first one I'm happy with - the buildings are relatively sharp, there's some nice light features, and there's reasonable detail. P1010835 by Ben Taylor, on Flickr Second one I'm not that happy with. Just seems not that sharp, bit blotchy and not much detail. View attachment 487073 P1010863 by Ben Taylor, on Flickr My question really then is how could I have made the second one as good as the first? Or at least better. There's loads of differences but not sure which of them it is that made one obviously a better shot. Most factual details you can glean from flickr, only facts I don't think you can glean are: Direction - first (good) one was facing approx south east and second (bad) one was facing approx east edit: west. First (good) one camera was resting on a wall. Second (bad) one camera was on a tripod (velbon sherpa). Time - relatively same - first (good) one about 7:05pm, second (bad) one about 7:15pm, so after sunset but not much. The first (good) one I think I could have forgotten to focus entirely, I was preoccupied with setting it up steady (BBF , but also focus priority is on...?) The second (bad) one was manual focussed to infinity.