Did you intended to be part of the shot? or was it just the location itself that made it hard to get into proper angle and thus it becomes a choose your own poison, be in the picture but get the great angle shot that you want or not be in the picture but get a horrid angle. Just curious.
Wonderful shot. As a pro photographer, it makes me smile to see an image where another pro is simply holding his camera correctly while he shoots! Silly comment, I know, but it was the first thing I noticed. "Yep - he's a pro" I thought! Keep up the fabulous work John!