I think what you have done there is actually far more fun than my version. And you were hampered by only having a tiny jpeg to work with, rather than the original RAW. Well done!
You are right in what you say. Strangely, I find that I am nothing like as adventurous or exploratory in PS or Lightroom as I was in the wet darkroom. Back in the day, I was doing reversals, liths, solarisations, posterisation, reticulation, paper negatives, and printing B/W negatives on colour paper to get crazy split-tone effects. In fact for a while I hardly printed anything "straight", despite having Ansel's "The Print" at my bedside.
Now, I tend to go for a very unprocessed, simple look. Last night I got home and looked at my print, and I hated it. In fact I loathed it with a deep and enduring loathing. It seemed to sit there and glare at me. It was not Atget, and neither was it John Smith. So I spent the evening re-working the picture from scratch, and now it is not at all adventurous or pushing any boundaries, but it is me as I am in my 64th year. Actually, there is just the same amount of work in it as the "Atget" version, although it is harder to see.
Oh, and by the by, before I bore everyone to death with this picture, despite its technical failings I like the shot because of the swirling motion of the path as Geoffrey mentioned. And although you can't read the inscriptions on the headstones in the jpeg, the two central graves are those of "Master Mariners of this Town". Padstow is an ancient seaport, and I was struck by the fact that the junction of the paths creates the form of the prow of a ship, which seemed to be an entirely appropriate resting place for our local sea captains.