Good example of 4/3 rule, although the horizon is slightly rotated counterclockwise.But I like it!
I'm actually not sure if I'll still like it tomorrow. About the rotation. There is a little slope on the right side of the road, but not on the left. I rotated it a bit, but it looked weird.
I love Vanishing Point photos and the HDR is nicely done here.(I wouldn't have noticed the slope if the other poster hadn't mentioned rotation, so it is probably best left alone. That said and I'm not suggesting you do this; I'd try skewing the right side down a tiny bit, but then I'm not exactly a purist, either.)
What probably adds to the rotation effect the most is the bigger distance between the clouds and the horizon on the right half. If that's what the scene looked like I should maybe leave it that way.
At risk of over analyzing the image: I think the white shoulder stripe terminating higher on the right edge of the photo than the stripe from the left side of the road contributes more to the perceived tilt. Although the center line of the photo is aligned with the VP, there is simply more road on the right. You can't change the way the highway was built. Unfortunately, these types of photos invite scrutiny of the geometry. I wonder if moving your watermark to the right side would make the effect better or worse, though I'm sure you have more interesting things to do :)
Maybe it's a combination of several things. Maybe I wasn't perfectly centered, cloud-horizon distance, funny built road, slope, mountains on one side, less mountains on the other, and maybe a little setup error..and there we have it: a puzzling picture.
Superb shot, Oliver. I'm fine with the symmetry.
As a commercial driver for the past 25 years, this photo hits home with me in more ways than I care to tell. I love it. Oliver, your talent is amazing.
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