To macondo: Thanks Andrew....

  • ...for your constructive critique. I think perhaps that you meant that the OE was at the top left corner not the top right?

    One of the deficiencies of small compact cameras is the absence of good wide angle lens capability this photograph was result of my experimenting with stitching [using MS ICE] two overlapping side by side portrait orientated exposures as a quick way of getting a wider angle result.

    MS ICE also produces surprisingly good results when combining two overlapping landscape exposures one above the other - so that the sky and the lower land area can both be given the right amount of exposure.

    As to the use of "heavy" versus simple camera equipment to get good results, when it's all boiled down to 800 pixels maximum length and 300KB on TE, there's really no reason why a simple camera shouldn't be able to compete on equal terms.

    Kind regards,

    Peter.
  • My mistake
    Yes, I did get left and right mixed up! And meant that the boats might look better if closer to the left side or top left corner. Not the first time I've typed the wrong word!

    You're right about the pixel limitation of TE rendering the differences between cameras quite small, if the conditions under which the photo was taken were ideal, but the big advantage of a DSLR or super-zoom is the focal length of most of the zooms and the ability to use an extra-wide lens eg. down to 10-20mm (or 15-30 35mm equivalent). The other things are the use of filters like GND or CPL, and usually lower noise levels at higher ISOs. You just have to remember the limitations of the small cameras, I suppose. I'm thinking of getting one for myself, actually - something small and silent for taking photos of people!

    Regards,
    Andrew