correct knowing what is in the shadows it tends to under expose, so I keep my arrow on the left of the dot lit - either brightly or dimly lit depending on how the background is, dark or light ...
I tend to look for something which is more or less exposed as my subject, which fills my frame, point the camera at it and meter off of that, set my exposure quickly then - compose as I focus and shoot.
I aim at the sidewalk a lot when walking the streets of Toronto in order to set my exposure.
I know with a .9 ND filter at f/2 and 1/1000 or a sec in brightly lit sunlight the exposure will be nailed
Another little test from today - wide open, it makes sense with this camera as the colours are astounding, there is no point stopping this puppy down at f/11 to shoot in the city, may as well get a point and shoot, these lenses are incredible and the summicron contrast is too good not to use a shallow DOF, no point paying this much for a lens which is sharp wide open not to shoot it wide open IMHO
This image is straight out of the camera - no post only resized for web.
Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light... I just make pictures.