These are some (very) old photos, from back when I first got into photography seriously. So long ago, I didn’t even know how to use a polarizing filter, let alone Photoshop, and strictly abided by the theory of “spray and pray.” And shot in JPEG, for heaven’s sake!
And accordingly, much of what I got was crap. The larger trouble i had was when the sunlight was scattered, as here
However, after much work in PS today, I managed to get a pair of them to come out OK. I had to tweak curves a lot, plus do some smart sharpening and saturation adjustments. Frankly I still think the pic at the top of the post is the only really good one I got, which means about a 0.03% success rate that day.
Thank heavens things are a bit easier after getting some experience!