I can tell from the replies that you are suggesting manual settings - I will need to play with that - in my sample shot I selected landscape so I could not set ISO, shutter speed or aperature. Those variables were input by the camera. I will need to learn more about all of those I suppose and I suppose it is my fault for trying to use this as a point and shoot and then complaining about the results. Thanks for the information - I did try to move some of those settings around before I followed the landscape shot advice and I could tell it would be too dark for any lower ISO or increased shutter speed - I did not try to move the aperature setting.There is a mis-communication here. When I suggested "landscape", I mean "landsacpe" in picture style. that is the sharpest setting. Not the "landscape" in scene. I would highly suggest you to read through the manual that comes with the camera. Also go to the Canon web site to download the complete manual and read it through the 370 pages. You can have a lot of control and being creative even you try to use use it as a point and shoot. First you need to understand what you can do with the camera.
Is there a general rule of thumb as to what settings I should use - I can try another shot tonight using the same conditions but probably cannot duplicate the distance because I did not measure it. Thanks -Tom