Hey all you wonderful peeps! Those of you who guessed photographs 2 and 5 were from the new SLR were correct. You do see more detail in the petals and leaves - and as Hilary said in her comment, once I learn how to play with the settings they will be even better. Thanks all, for participating in this little exercise.
I want to thank all of you who responded to my cries of fear (in my post of Sunday last) about mastering my new SLR camera. So many words of encouragement and so much practical advice!
There seemed to be a consensus about setting aside the manual and getting some immediate hands-on experience. I followed your advice. It finally stopped raining in this area today. So out I went with the new SLR and took over 70 shots! They turned out fairly well, although I would not call them exceptional. Of course that has more to do with the photographer than the camera. However, for my first try, I am satisfied.
Here is your task, if you will accept it ... :-) Below are five photographs of pink, drooping peonies. (The rain all weekend pummelled them into a graceful bow.) Can you tell me which two are from the SLR?
Three of the pics below are from my point and shoot Canon PowerShot SX200 IS. Two are from the newly inaugurated Nikon D5000 SLR. Good luck. I have numbered them to make it easy for you to pick the two from the new SLR. (BTW none of the photographs have been edited except for cropping.)
I will reveal which two are from my new Nikon SLR tomorrow morning. Thanks again for the push to stop moaning and groaning and to get out and play and enjoy myself. It worked! Well, obviously I have not mastered the use of the camera, but you did nudge me to set aside the manuals and instruction sheets and to get out there and try it. I am grateful.