I've looked at these shots several times and I agree that the boat could use some room to picture left and the tones could be worked a bit, but, for the water pump shot, I don't think it's as bad as everyone else, including yourself, think it is.
For several reasons, the most interesting feature of the shot, and I think the real subject, is the water. In your posted shot the water is a little hot in areas and I couldn't pull the texture out in those areas, but you weren't shooting for the water texture, so my comment is specific to making the water and the water texture you have captured by freezing the motion the subject.
Cropping to the dynamic flow of the water as a line and adjusting the rest of the image to support that (tone it down some, reduce the saturation some), I got this.
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Is it a great shot? No, and it's not a great edit either
but it's more interesting because of the texture and the water actually seems (at least to me) wetter. The backiground maintains the agricultural context and a shot like this could be used several ways commercially.
One of the weaknesses in your originally posted shot is that the water hits the right hand corner, almost bisecting it. I'm not sure why this happens, but lines of any kind that lead out of the image at the corners tend to draw the viewer's eyes out of image frame. In my crop, the water is still going out of the frame, but the framing has a little 'visual resistance' and the eyes don't have as strong a tendency to leave the shot. A slight vignette at the edge would tgend to keep the eyes in the shot and exploring the rest of the shot.
Anyway, I'm giving the water shot a
with a little work on it. Not all the shots we take are required to be the shot we have to use. We find them in the shot we took, so I call them discovered shots, but I'm not sure that they are discovered as much as when I look at the capture I have I'm looking for what the specific strengths are and things sometimes jump out at me and I get a different interpretation.