True, Thilo, so I shouldn't have said "always," but often it does work, and you can compose accordingly, with correction in the darkroom as part of the plan.

Using a wider lens and cropping to simulate shift also works, and as you say will be the only solution in more complex scenes, but if I'm carrying a small or medium format camera (which I would be in the situations described), I'd rather not crop if it can be avoided.