My thoughts: There are two different categories of good photographs. One shows us things we cannot, as humans, ever see. Time lapse, macro, long exposure and heavy post processing are among genres that fit into this category. These give us striking examples of things we probably never before thought about. They have some bit of surprise usually. The second category shows us things very much like things we have seen before. These resonate with our memory and stir emotions in concert with our experience. I am not claiming that one category is better than the other or that I prefer one over the other.I wonder if I should have done a timed exposure here and let the water smooth out. Have to try that next time.
I agree with Bert. It's not an easy either/or. Just be happy you got a fantastic image. I haven't seen a sunset like this in awhile.