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A tale of two photos

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.

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curiouswombat
Oct. 6th, 2017 09:18 pm (UTC)
I think I prefer the original- the sky is more dramatic.
ozma914
Oct. 6th, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
That seems to be the general consensus. See, I was wrong again!
dandelionweekes
Oct. 6th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
The darker one looks better in my opinion. With how the lighting is--the way the sun is on the clouds--the lightened one looks a bit weird c:
ozma914
Oct. 8th, 2017 02:11 am (UTC)
Sometimes the original is best! Like with movies and TV, I suppose.
kazzy_cee
Oct. 7th, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
I like the unretouched one. It’s more mysterious ....
ozma914
Oct. 8th, 2017 02:11 am (UTC)
See, that's the problem, I'm not mysterious enough!
spikereader
Oct. 7th, 2017 11:26 am (UTC)
I'm in two minds - I prefer seeing the people more clearly in the second picture, but dislike the sky which is much more effective in the first.
ozma914
Oct. 8th, 2017 02:12 am (UTC)
I should use my wife's expertise to join those two together.
cbtreks
Oct. 7th, 2017 06:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with spikereader, actually. The sky doesn't look right lightened, but the family is clearer.
ozma914
Oct. 8th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
But I haven't taken the class in combining elements yet!
sarahkucera
Oct. 9th, 2017 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think part of it depends on what type of screen you're doing the editing on versus what type of screen your viewers are seeing it on.
I think either version is fine - I just would have liked for the subject of the photo to be closer to the photographer when the photo was take.
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2017 08:08 am (UTC)
They never slow down when I stop to take pictures!
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