And I leave you with one set of shots and a question. Which of the following shots do you like. For each I will give an explanation of what I was trying to accomplish.
This is from the south end of Belle Isle. There is a little flower garden and behind it is the view of the skyline that I like.
For this shot, I was trying to get the buildings in focus and the flowers out of focus.
For this one, I was trying to get the flowers in focus and the buildings out of focus.
For this one, I was trying to set my depth of field so that the flowers and buildings are in focus. Although I think it ended up that neither were in focus.
As I said, this was kind of an experiment on my part. One thing I've learned is that there are all sorts of things that you can try with a camera as you learn more about it. This is why I got an SLR camera in the first place.