Last night, I was definitely rushing when i worked on the first image I posted: seeing it side-by-side with the others i realised it was not what I intended. So today I spent a bit more time and here is the result.
I've realised that this cool, low saturation look is something I was producing early on with the digital stuff. it was a deliberate choice and reflected the way I wanted to present the world. I've been drifting further and further from it and been getting less results that I'm truly happy with. I'm going to have to overhaul my portfolio gallery (not quite yet, though) as a result.
Here's another one from the last Canada trip, with the new-old look. it also incorporates something else that I do, using selective saturation enhancement to highlight a given feature, which goes some way to mimicking the way the eye sees features in front as opposed to in the periphery.