Shadows are better here. With a proper program one can also take care of highlights.
Have you any plans to deal with the rainbow flare close to the Sun? Flare isn’t of huge size, but can be at least desaturated, if not even cloned away. It can also be a creative element, if you like it.
Just IMHO: if you are going to use this picture online (white page backgrounds and bright screens), shadow recovery is kind of a must. If you print it in big size, a darker image (like the one in your opening post) can be also good and reflect different kind of moods. It depends from room lighting.