No, I think it's pretty great!
I don't think its total chit, actually quite the opposite. Maybe stop down a bit more next time when you have the tripod. Not bad for handheld. Nice work.
I'm just a noob giving noob advice.
The first thing that comes to mind that may help improve the photo is to try and avoid having the horizon centered in the frame. Hopefully you'll have some options on your return trip to reposition yourself vertically. If you can get to the water's edge or with the tripod to actually get in the water if need be so that you can place the first rock in the lower part of the frame with not too much water filling the bottom. Angle your lens so that the horizon sits approximately 1/3 up the frame. This will leave you with 2/3 of that beautiful sunset. Cross your fingers that those clouds are found again.
If you have an external flash, I would try and pop that first rock slightly to give it some life.
Let the sun dip below the horizon for the next ten minutes up to about twenty minutes. The sun will bounce colors off the clouds and you will avoid the blown out bits in the sky.
With the tripod and the sun below the horizon, you can use longer shutter speeds to help create the soft cotton candy look for the water instead of the chop.
Thanks for sharing.
Well in that case I'm glad to have helped.Hey buddy you posed while I was typing! I was going to ask if it could be photoshopped out, I don't have LR or PS I was just using the lame nikon software that came with the camera. It's pretty ****ty!!
No I agree with you they both look a lot better now