Besides what others have mentioned, the composition looks more balanced this way, in my opinion. Sure taking the man and that little hill out will simplify things a bit, but it cuts off the effect of scale and human interest.
Going a little OT, I am surprised you managed to get such a photo and get it out of camp. The army is touchy about these things, so do not get caught doing it.
Oh yea.. annoying hill... It was something like a barrier so we couldn't see some stuff.. bo pian. The rules of the shoot was that we could not take any pics of the base's building or any base structures, only men and machines.. =)
Firstly, I would like to say its a well captured moment.
I also agree that it will look nice in a panaromic format.
However, it would benefit from more contrast. It is too 'grey' now. Most digital cameras are not really that apt in getting images that are comparable in contrast to traditional black and white film (eg Illford Delta, Kodak T-Max)
Something like this i suppose :
What i did was reduce the dynamic range by increasing shadow detail (Shadow/Highlight-Photoshop), and then increasing the contrast, and then brightness to match.
But its still your personal preference how much to go. Just a suggestion
Sigh.. i think i explain dunno how many times liaoz.. we were INVITED TO TAKE PHOTOS BY SAF.. so I was just doing my job.. haha.. it was for their publlicity.. anyway.. the rules were no CAB buildings or structures.. planes and people oK! we see them at all the airshows dont we?
Could you maybe give me some tips on how I can achieve a 'true' B&W from a colour photo using photoshop? I keep using the desaturate option then keep burning and dodging till i get a somewhat 'greyish-black' finish. Anyone can help me out with this?