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A great thread idea Phillip!
I processed both images in my standard RAW converter - Capture One Pro 7. I don't claim particular skill in PP, far from it in fact. I also prefer less rather than more sharpening, in landscapes at any rate.
I increase the C1Pro sharpening setting from 160 (the input file's value) to 250 which is my standard value. Canon CR2 files have a value of 180, for say the camera's Landscape setting RAW file.
Similar settings were used for both images, although for Tenerife I added an extra layer and tried separating exposure for the hills and for the sky/sea beyond, as shown in the screen grabs (one for this extra layer and one for the main layer, (where I increased the 'Punch' clarity significantly and raised shadow detail).
Once an 8 bit TIF had been produced from C1Pro, I used GIMP to selectively reduce the size through 3000...2000...1024 pixels. I used a slight variation of Denoir's sharpen script.
Denoir in turn acknowledges Samuli Verhonen for the original approach.
My variations simply substitute the standard Gimp (PS) Sharpen command in place of the Smart Sharpen step. (With a threshold of 10 for each of the 3 sharpen steps).
A final export from GIMP to jpeg uses a 90% quality value.
C1 pro processing
The extra layer