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Here's a shot from today... noon... bright sun...
5Dc + Canon 50 f/1.4 @ f/9... ISO 100... 1/250... spot metering... center focal point... manual exposure mode...
Some stuff that is moving later...
This doesn't quite make sense to me. Why are you noting your use of spot metering if you are in manual exposure mode? Are you simply indicating that you arrived at your manual exposure settings by relying on the camera's spot-metering? If so, why would you need to be in manual exposure mode given that you are trusting the camera's spot-metering reading? Why not just shoot in one of the automatic modes (which I assume you were in to take the spot-meter reading, unless you're just dialing up and down in M mode until you get the indicator where you want it on the scale, which is in effect the same thing)? Same difference, right, as long as you are letting the camera determine the exposure settings? Again, for me there is a disconnect between stating your camera's metering mode and also stating that you are shooting in manual. I understand the potential benefits of switching to manual once you have taken your reading (in an auto mode) using the camera's spot-metering system (such as avoiding changes to the settings in auto mode based on reflected light that won't affect the actual exposure), but those would require some explanation in order for this to be of any use to someone asking for help. Either that or I'm missing something obvious. (It also would be helpful to know where in this image the spot-meter reading was taken from, since different spots (sky, canopy, fog lamp, windshield, front hood of car) would have led to different readings.