Two images, taken within minutes of each other. At first they seem very similiar, but, after closer inspection, are reall quite different. The most notable difference is the amount and quality of the mist. In the lower photo it plays a much more significant role. The upper photo isn't framed by trees, and has more water revealed, giving it a more open feel. Which do I like the best? Well, I don't really have a preference, and will offer both of them in print and canvas format.
For students: the biggest challenge was balancing the strong light from the sun with the darkness of the river. I metered on the sky at the same level as the sun, giving me decent exposure of each area. Bach at home, I corrected Highlights and Shadows in Photoshop Camera Raw processor.