Originally Posted by canadianskier
Look at the carabiner attached to the webbing in the upper left – it is hanging straight down. The camera was not tilted, the trees must be a distortion.
If you place a pencil up against the computer screen lined up with the length of that rope, you'll see that the pencil and the rope are leaning the same direction as the trees. However, the trees lean more. Lenses do distort angles at the outer corners of pictures, but not at the middle. However, lens distortion would tilt the bottom right trees in one direction and the top right trees in the other. Conclusion: the trees are really tilted, and the rope is tilted, and the image is tilted in a direction that slightly exaggerates the steepness of that drop.
Still steep. Very cool picture.