Winter morning, Tucson AZ
Yeah, the only option really is to crop the sky, as showing more of the town would have included the white roofs of high commercial buildings.
Shadows are a conundrum for me. Lately I've been consciously making mental notes on just how opaque shadows are(or not) and how much detail is visible therein. Trying to interpret what is visible to the eye in a manner that is both representative and poetic is a challenge for sure. Your version is more dramatic and eye catching but is too dark, while mine is lighter but flat. So….
Reworked a bit with cues from your version:
Thanks for your response, made me think a bit.
PS Viewing the original is more accurate.