This area has been shot to death for certain; it’s iconic. I like to have my own take on things though, which I feel what photography is about. It’s perfectly fine to ask about settings, but you should know that the light conditions are fleeting. And when the topic delves into the camera and lens you use, it’s ok too. Just remember, you are the man behind the lens.
It’s a plus working nearby; I had to rush to catch the blue hour. While I was busy setting up, I noticed disturbances in the lily pond. It turned out to be an immensely cute sea otter (not pictured) that had waddled into the pond from the river. At some point it went on to disturb unsuspecting people sitting by the pond. Not your everyday stuff.