I went back to the bend I took my photo the other day, this time I had my 10 - 20 mm Sigma wide angle lens with me. It makes quite a difference. I was able to capture the whole river bend from exactly the same spot. Unfortunately I think I was later in the day than last time and had the heavy shadows of the trees I was by.
Just goes to show you should always carry all your equipment with you even when it is 16 degrees outside!
Have a great weekend.