Comparison of Adjectives

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    Comparison of Adjectives

    These photos were taken a few days apart under different weather conditions but at roughly the same time of day (afternoon).
    Photo X is at iso 200, f8, 1/320 in sunny conditions. Photo Y is at iso 200, f8, 1/250 in overcast conditions.

    X.

    Y.

    X is digital, Y is analogue.

    Which, if either, do you find more pleasing? C&C, please.

    Thanks.
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    BTW, I realise that normally only one photo per thread should be posted here, but as I'd like these images compared I hope you don't mind looking at them together.
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    The sky is, of course, more pleasing on X and washed out on Y, but I'm seeing some contradictions...

    I can see some detail and color in the tree branches, etc. in X but those same branches in Y seem so backlit that they look like silhouettes.
    The left facing wall of the tower looks overexposed on X, but fine on Y.
    But the left facing wall of the wing that goes back on the left side actually seems about the same and looks like Y might even have a brighter exposure (which sort of contradicts the bright left-facing wall of the tower above which seems over-exposed in X.)
    Meanwhile the wall facing us seems underexposed on X.

    Were polarizers used on the camera or were any exposure adjustments performed on the computer?

    Essentially there are part of each image which might lead one to think that one image was over-exposed and the other under-exposed.... and yet, other areas where exactly the opposite is true.
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    Interesting entry for a critique. My first question to you is: What is your goal in taking these photos? If it is to document the building in general, then the lower Y image is best because there is more detail to see. On my monitor, the top's shadow details are very blocked up (although that can be fixed in editing or maybe re-shot). If however, the purpose is to show a colorful picture to your mother, then maybe X is better. Personally, I usually prefer overcast days because of the lower scene contrast and therefore a more pleasing result, but that's my bias. So without knowing more about your intentions for the picture, I gravitate to bottom Y.


    And FYI: my first camera was a 35mm Voigtländer, which is one reason I stopped on this thread! (Ich komme aus Hannover aber jetzt bin ich echt Amerikaner

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    @ Tim

    X had a little extra shadow added as I felt the tower was too bright, here is the original without editing:



    Y has been adjusted in pp until it looks like the photo (to my eye). The trouble with the scanned analogue photos that I get from the lab on CD is that many of them look a little "faded". What you see here is as true a representation as possible (possibly the saturation is a little richer, but the exposure seems to be about the same).

    No filters were used.

    @ Haraldo
    Sorry to disappoint you but Y wasn't taken with either of my Voigtländer cameras.

    Thanks to both for the comments.
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