I’m opining that with this being an exercise of how the image(s) is/are perceived; they both work but if you’re looking to play with the B&W a bit more it doesn’t take much to make it snap… just enlarge the center most section of sharp focus until the softer focused area moves to the corner becoming a vignette . I just zoomed in on my iPad to check it out….YMMV.🤓👍.
I appreciate your observation… while I’m familiar with the weather “front” moving in with the razor sharp cloudy/clear defined; but you’re absolutely right about the blue-gold sunris/sunset look. Unique to say the least great catch!
I really like the image as presented. I wish you wouldn’t pick nits in public. I would be much more satisfied had I not read them. At this point, you’re talking yourself out of enjoying your own wonderful image. (IMHO)