I was surprised to read that you had a tripod with you
and I like the fact that you can see the stars in that long exposure image. Great stories.
I hear you about hyperfocus with a dSLR. I was looking at the new Canon 28mm (just announced) and noticed that the distance markings were soooo tight (short throw) that it would be impossible to work accurately from that scale. Of course faster to "auto" focus with a short throw... a design consideration.
Yes these images to have a brochure-ish
feel to them hahaha.
Still and all a good outing and looks like you had time to think things thru a bit. Hope you got your bag back...