thank you so much for your understanding and ecouraging words of critique. Your kind words confirm to me that is was worth to invest the little effort of postwork to bring out the parts in the shadow.
I am using the Fuji Finepix HS20 camera since two years now, and I am quite pleased with most of its results. It is less quick in response than the Sony compact models I often used before, but it produces considerably less noise in the dark parts of images. It also has a convenient manually operated zoom. The Fuji is a compact model, too, but almost as large and heavy as a dSLR.
So the time may come soon when I will turn to one of those heavier dSLRs for capturing butterflies as most of my friends have been doing from the beginning. At this time, however, there still seems to be no good and affordable dSLR camera available with turnable screen and > quick AF focus in live mode < for using the camera with hands outstretched as it is very convenient for me for taking small objects deep down.
The Canon EOS 60D that I recently tried really has a very good picture quality especially at low light when compacts would deliver poor noisy images. Unfortunately, the 60D and all other dSLRs that I know still have the unsolved disadvantage of AF responding very very slowly in live mode, making it unpracticable for me to use for most macro applications with insects and flowers as often presented by me here. With birds, with people, with landscape, hoewever, no compact model would come near to a good dSLR.
With kind reagrds, and all my best wishes to you,
Cupido argiades. (24)