Take a look at the two shots below and take a guess which was taken with a P&S (point and shoot) and which was taken with a DSLR. Which do you prefer?
I don't know about you, but I prefer the first attempt. And that's what bugs me. The first attempt was taken in 2004, using my Nikon Coolpix 5400. And the second attempt, just moments ago with my D70s with my Tamron SP90 macro lens.
I just realised how lucky I got with the first shot way back in 2004. I'm having quite a bit of trouble replicating the shot. The fact that I didn't know then what I know now makes it even worse!
There's better contrast in the first shot and the lighting was just right (to me anyway). So, back to the drawing board! ** And no, I'm not gonna look at the EXIF of the first image!
Feel free to drop me a comment and let me know which image you prefer.