St3v3M wrote:... Speaking of which, the attached is an alternate version I was hesitant to post. I'm curious what you all think. S-
I'm seeing muddy looking clouds in your alternate - reminding me of much of the northwest's smoke-filled summer skies. Tell us what you were going for and perhaps someone has the pp recipe .
(edit: I wrote the below prior to reading Duck's Comment Box topic, "Why photoMENTORIS is different" What a fantastic essay!)
Regarding feedback, when an OP doesn't ask specific questions or state a specific goal or problem, then most people commenting can really only provide their own response (reaction) - which will be full of their personal likes and dislikes. For example, I don't care for Frank's edit because it removes the little bit of light/shadow contrasts that were there. And light and shadow in landscapes are often what I look for and shoot.
I know you've received personally + viewed in other topics, passionate comments and suggestions that are opposite each other. How many times do we seen written "Which do you prefer?" where the tally ends up tied
Occasionally, when we get to know a fellow traveler, we can make our suggestions based on what we know the OP's own interests are (though sometimes the OP is looking specifically for the viewer's reaction; Minnie has mentioned that in reference to her dam bird exhibit). Or occasionally we are fortunate to have a gifted teacher such as Duck who seems to intuitively know just how to critique or advise in a way that is individualized and relevant to the photographer.