I took a little bit of time the other day to go outside and experiment around with the new lens (Nikkor 35mm f/1.8) and settings on my D3100. A lot of the shots were done with a quick shutter speed and open aperture.
For those who don't shoot with Nikon, there's an option called Nikon Picture Control System. Essentially there are six settings that allow you to adjust how the color will show up in your photographs the way you see fit. I used the Vivid setting for a lot of my shots to bring out the small bits of color in the photos.
What really impresses me about this lens is the detail and texture in the in-focus areas and smooth bokeh in out of focus areas.
There were some water drops falling from our red pole shed. I used a really quick shutter speed (1/2500) and fairly open aperture (f/4, I believe) to capture them individually.
Using the same shutter speed I took a few shots of a creek that runs though our back yard. I had to open the aperture up a stop, as a less light got through the trees.
Then I tried using a very slow shutter speed (1.6 sec) and closed the aperture all the way to f/22, however the shot was still over exposed. If anyone has any experience shooting with long exposure times any tips or comments are always appreciated!