davechinn wrote:... most post processing is a personal preference, and that's where I run into an issue. I shouldn't do this to myself, but I do and did, processed the same image in two different styles, which creates a mind boggling catastrophe.
There is nothing wrong
with the style of processing of either image. They are just presented in two different ways. It just boils down to what you're trying to convey through the processing. Each of these two conveys a different feel and neither one is wrong. Had you also included a more normal
look and presented one in color and one in black and white they, too, would have been good. That's the beauty of digital processing, you do have all these options.
In the end the decision on what to present should be guided by what the intent of the image is. Are you looking to invoke an old timey, woodcut illustration feel or a softer romanticized look? Or are you just experimenting with possibilities? If it's the latter then neither one of these are better than the other as they are apples to oranges in processing. So in truth, your original question can be seen as being an unfair one. Some people like oranges, some like apples better.
In truth, you will probably get more from these two images if you separate then into their own threads and have them critiqued on their own merits.
Duck, thanks for your feedback and opinion. My goal and intention here was to get an idea to what style is most appealing, if any. I understand it all depends on what my intentions would be as in how and where its to be presented.
Yes as always, I'm experimenting, but also to gather opinions on which, if either is desirable. I didn't think my question was unfair at all. When it comes to apples and oranges, some have a different opinion with those too. Posting and displaying them in a different thread is good idea, but I wanted them to be together for close reference to see how most reactions would be between the two. I think in separate threads, I probably would have gotten a different reaction. Either way, I appreciate your thoughts and hope there is no confusion.