Tish, great capture hand held.......again we all have our own thoughts. If you think of your eyes as the lens and then on a brighter day you stick a set of sunglasses on. The change in your view changes to a smoother feel and so I think the same about the lens. You don't say if you use filters and before you rush off and buy some you can always do this in processing. I like my kit and am not shy about getting new stuff but there is no need to have 20 filters in your bag. I keep a 0.9 ND soft grad and 0.9 ND pro glass for brighter stuff. I think here if I was shooting hand held I would have had lens hood on and the exposure comp - 1/2 a stop and will slow the shutter speed. The overall image would darken but not enough not to stop you fixing in processing. As I said we all have our own ideas but something's along the way are worth trying. You images have progressed very well in my opinion and we learn new stuff every day...........that's what keeps me going out.