Now and then I revisit really old work to see how it looks years later. The upper of these two images is one of the first photographs I made that I liked well enough to print and show. I had very little experience printing and even less mounting and matting let alone scanning and presenting on line. Still, I was happy with what I had learned to do. It was well received on the critique forum that I posted it to.
When I began making prints in the late 90's I printed on RC (resin coated) paper, and hadn't a clue about toning nor thought it was even necessary. Apparently I reconsidered soon thereafter, because this is a scan of a print made on FB (fiber based) paper, and is fairly presentable. At the time I only made prints in sizes that would fit pre-cut mats whether the image was best suited to that size or not.
But the second image takes advantage of a dozen years of experience with a negative I might not even consider making today. It's cropped and toned, and eliminates areas that are extraneous to the point of the picture which is the silvery banks of the little stream. As I now cut my own mats, the picture is cropped to best suit the image, and is easy to mount in whatever dimensions that crop may dictate. I, of course, prefer that latter one, but other viewers may think the original vision is best. However, it's out of my hands now; let the viewer choose the former, the latter or neither! ;-)