Thanks, Patricia and Mike.
What you have roughed out there Patricia is how I would have liked to have shot it in the first place, for sure. But I'm just not good enough at that sort of retouch (and I don't have PS, just Lightroom), so I wouldn't be confident I could do a decent job on it. I'm certainly not against that sort of retouching on principle, though. If it was undetectable in the final print, then why not? Mike, I deliberately burned down the bottom of the frame because there were various car bumpers and other junk which were catching the light down there, and I wanted to lose them.
Well done, all of you. As ever you have spotted and shone the spotlight on the weaknesses and little snagettinos in my print, which were predictably caused by Smith having to work around the cock-ups that he made out there in the field. And it has made me re-think it, and plan to do better in future.
Still, one thing I am pleased about with this picture is the way it demonstrates the quality of the old Zeiss 80mm Planar (1972 example). The jpeg, as usual, is a poor cipher for the print I have at home, where you can read the maker's name on the harness and distinguish every individual hair and whisker.