Like I said, no opinion was right or wrong. It was just to see for myself what people prefer and maybe even for YOU to see what you prefer.
The two images were the same combined 7 Exposure 1 stop merge
Each were processed using a Photomatix Pro 4.1 Preset, Image A was the “Grunge” Preset in Photomatix. Image B, was my own preset that I made and use for my starting point for almost every image.
My Preset consists of the following: Detail Enhancer, Strength 70, Saturation 70, Lighting Adjustment: Natural, Gamma 1.20
In Contrast (Pun intended), The Grunge settings are: Detail Enhancer, Strength 100, Saturation 80, Luminosity 10, Detail Smoothing 10, Lighting Adjustments: Surreal, White Point 1.779%, Black Point 0.20%, Gamma .80
Or I guess we could say, as far apart as possible.
Neither one was finished with any post processing. I wanted to see the reactions to the Presets in Photomatix alone.
The actual finished image using my Preset and then finishing in Photoshop would have looked something more like this.
Thanks to all that participated, I found it interesting. I hope you did too.