You guys have been so helpful, I thought I'd try you out on another image from which I'm suffering some indecision with regard to cropping.
It's from Poon Hill again, taken a bit earlier than the previous shot, showing the first flush of dawn on the mountain peaks.
This is not stitched, but two shots bracketed (1/6th sec and 1/60th sec exposure at 30mm).
The first cropping I attempted was as follows; just the sky, leaving all the trees and foliage as a base for the composition.
But the more I looked at it, the more I thought that perhaps the 'base' is too dominant and is distracting from the main point of the shot; the mountain peaks.
Dhaulagiri at 8,167m is bang in the centre. The skyline of the foliage sort of mirrors the skyline of the peaks. There's a certain symmetry there. But perhaps the peaks should be more dominant, so I cropped the image as follows.
Not sure about this. What do you think? Any comments on tonality issues would also be welcome. Should the sky be darkened, a bit more azure for example, or perhaps lightened?.
I so rarely get up early enough to see a dawn, I've forgotten what the sky looks like at that time of day .