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I once read that landscape photographers can spend weeks editing their images ... and yet we often expect them to come out of the camera looking they way we want them to be.
I'm not suggesting that every image should take weeks to work on ... but your point at not noticing, then noticing ... and the ensuing iterations is (imo) somewhat of an "unspoken" necessity that is a well-kept issue.
To that end, I appreciate your willing spirit of "iterations" & "refinement" ... which can include reversions. Hey, if it was good enough for AA & others (although much, much more challenging in the wet darkroom than the digital one) ... then for us to embrace the diligence of refinement seems appropriate discipline to our beloved craft.
Infinite options @ how you want to present S&P to taste, but seeing things is key to presenting the fullness of your desired message. I just wish I could "see" all the issues, interplay, balance, etc. at first effort (yeah right, like that's gonna happen). An hour or a day of "walkaway" can really make things look different from one session to another at getting things to where we want them.
I am sometimes amazed at how diff I can see something today vs. yesterday, etc. In that regard, don't think too much about "never saw" ... rather embrace that you did in fact "come to see" issue XYZ ... however they may be pertinent (or not) for your desired presentation. The differences can seem subtle or trivial ... yet they begin to add up along the way, particularly @ craftsmanship applied push/pull relationships rather than global blasting ... not unlike the tenets of refined engineering.
As to the changes made in the image ... one seems to pull me more toward the sea, the other holds me a (slight) bit more toward the foreground. I'm good with both, just depends on which way you want to more strongly move the viewers eye. Some subtle/mild selective sharpening can also help push/pull the direction a bit as well (which I reserve for last after I get my colors/tonal values situated where I want them).
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