Desert sunset C&C

Started Feb 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Desert sunset C&C
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The first shot is the original frame but with PP in Lightroom to bring out the desert floor details.

The second is a crop leaving out most of the desert.

Do you think all the desert foreground in the first detracts from mthe overall image by competing with the sky?  Crop it out -or leave it underexposed and almost black as in the original?

Incidentally, I am perplexed by a small area on the left where the horizon meets the sky that almost looks like there was something translucent on the lens.  But the images immediately before and after do not show this.

Here are the two images...

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