Yes, and you got a nice pic. I think that it proves, that it's not all up to the camera. It's also very important what we do to the photos afterwards. But down to earth it's nothing else than a darkchamber, isn't it! If someone would call it cheating - then what isn't ? cheating! What about when you use the settings in your cameras menu - it's a kind of manipulation. It's not always a goal in itself to catch the reality.
(Oops, got a bit philosophic there...)