Father & Son Feedback please
Well, I don't have helpful feedback, but I can say that I enjoyed your series of pictures at Neath Abbey. While you are experimenting with the controls, have you tried the "intelligent d-range control" feature? I switched from an FZ35 to a Fujifilm S200EXR because the latter did a much better job of retaining highlight detail; my FZ35 had a feature called intelligent exposure that was supposed to do something similar, but it didn't prove very effective.
I personally don't care for pictures in which some things have color and the rest is rendered monochrome, but I noticed on Flickr that one of the subjects was highly pleased with the way the image turned out, and you can't get a better endorsement than that!