I agree with you the crop is much better. It also cures a bit of a slant in the first. If you are going to crop, then you may want to go just a tad further on the right to move that yellow and orange pilon out of the pic, rather than having half of it just on the edge (a minor, minor issue). I love the colours. His stance reminds me of a gunfighter from the old west. He is itching to go, even has his finger out and ready. Love this shot! You’ve really captured a sense of his anticipation.