I reworked this picture because I was thinking about a post I read in a photography forum once, where the writer said, "Don't delete your RAW files." His contention was that as software improved over time, one could go back to older raw files and produce better finished works from them. I decided to put that to the test this morning, and ran one of my older pictures through some newer software.
These two are not a perfect sample to compare, since I was definitely going for a specific look when I ran this one through in 2007, rather than going for a natural appearance. Part of that was because the original was slightly underexposed because of the polariser and UV filters, but the software of the day limited me a bit as well.
There are elements in the older one that I like, and I can see why I would have pushed it in that direction when fixing it up.
Which one do you like better?