I have been trying to learn all the functions on my camera besides P, TV, AV and M which is what I normally use. I found something yesterday that I used to make the photo I posted yesterday. The hdr scene will take three photos at slightly different exposures and layer them to make one photo right in the camera. Yesterday when I took the photo of the leaves I could not really tell that much difference in the photo in P mode and the hdr other than the crispness of the photo.
Today I used the same function to take this photo. The sun was behind these bottles so I had to do some experimenting to get the highlights in the trees to show up right.
There are some other functions on the SCN switch so I think I will be playing more with it.
I probably should have investigated the camera as soon as I got it two years ago! It is easy to get in a rut when we don't experiment with new things!