thanx guys!!! but, the point was exposure and manual focus. this particular shot is obviously post processed. i.e. usm, contrast, etc. I don't know if the other shots here have any PP done. If not, then there's lots of detail in all of them to make some really fine pictures.
I had to PP the sky. It wasn't a consistant black background. Took a while to get it where it is, newbie to Photoshop :-)