A very proud moment for me this morning. I have made the switch; I am slowly moving away from the Auto settings on my camera (Canon EOS Rebel T2i) to the Manual mode and I have never been more pleased with the results. This morning was overcast and rainy; in the past while taking photos using the Auto settings the automatic flash would pop up because there was not enough light causing the camera to shake while I was taking the pic which resulted in more blur.I have purchased a few photography books and have been familiarizing myself with the available settings on my camera: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. I am learning. I love to work with the natural light, now that I know how to do it. With these photos, I increased the ISO to the top setting of 6400 allowing the most light to hit my camera's sensor. I used the lowest aperture setting on my camera to create a shallow depth of field and I used 1/400 sec for the shutter speed to give me what I thought was a good exposure.