How could I have improved this shot in these conditions?

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How could I have improved this shot in these conditions?

I feel I have a good eye for composition but I am still just a point and shooter not using a tripod. Given the sunset conditions and my 50mm prime, could I have done much more to improve this image by hand?

Would a tripod and longer exposure drawn out more clarity?

I suspect had I had come earlier to this river there could be more interesting side-light contrast and shadow.

This shot is RAW auto-corrected in Adobe Camera Raw with no other adjustments but crop.

Note: I am not necessarily unhappy with it and it does very much look like it did to my eye, but I just wanted to know whether my camera could have pulled more beauty from it.

River rock formations on McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park.

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