A tale of two photos

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I posted a photo on Instagram in August that was pretty popular, even though I thought it was a little dark. I've noticed that I tend to prefer a lightened version of my photos, but now I'm wondering if they're better, or if's just me preferring brighter. So ... I'm asking you. This photo was taken at dusk along Sand Lake, at Chain O' Lakes Park near Albion. Which version do you prefer?

 

The original:

 

The slightly brightened:

 

That's the family out on the dock, of course.

 

I studied photography for quite a while, but that was back in the film days; I'm still getting used to the idea that I can make substantial changes to a picture after taking it.

Comments

Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 6, 2017 - 6:53am
Mark
 
The original is way better. It is darker and more depressing somewhat but has more expression. Just my view.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 6, 2017 - 6:56am
http://www.fotocommunity.de/photos/jott%20eff?
 
I'm doing photography as well. See some of my stuff right there. I like to photoshop the stuff - but in another way ;-)
Leroy Added Oct 6, 2017 - 8:48am
The lighter one, IMHO, incongruous.  It appears to be a sunset.  We associate a sunset with the dying of the day.  The lighter version, although we can see more detail, makes it seem more like mid-day.  Also, the darker one is more mysterious, like maybe a storm is on the horizon.  The colors seem more vibrant.  The colors are paler in the lighter one.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 11:37am
See, I don’t like dark and depressing! I see your points, though—and a storm was indeed on the horizon. Maybe an artist’s general mood sometimes sabotages their work.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 11:40am
Great work on that site, Stone!
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 12:50pm
Mark - I love photography too! I've put out lots on my blog. One of the problems I have is that I'm red/green colour-blind so I tend to compensate by making my pictures more garish. So I would go for the brighter one. But that is probably my eyesight.
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 12:50pm
SEF - some great photos here.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 1:45pm
Hm ... maybe I should have my eyes checked, too ...
Leroy Added Oct 6, 2017 - 4:17pm
"Maybe an artist’s general mood sometimes sabotages their work."
 
The true artist decides in his own mind what he wants to project and puts it out there.  If art were by opinion, it would be pretty bland.  If somber themes aren't your thing, then you have your answer.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 6:32pm
No, I figure there's enough somber in this world.
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 7:32pm
And not enough brightness.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 6, 2017 - 8:04pm
Thanks guys for checking the site :-) I see clearer through a lens than I see in real LOL
Mark Hunter Added Oct 8, 2017 - 11:58pm
I wonder if that's not true for many people, Stone!

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