Which would YOU choose?

OK, here’s the deal… I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to photography so I need all the help I can get.

I like HDR photos but my wife always reminds me that I often end up abusing the effects too much and spoiling the photo instead. Here I tried two methods of processing and maybe neither are your cup of tea, but if you HAD to choose one, could you help advice which you like more, the top or bottom photo? Also welcome you to comment and add your link if you have your own HDR photos to share. Thank you.

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Walkabout Photo Session

Anyone had that experience when, after a whole day of photo taking, you couldn’t even find one photo which you can be proud off ? Unfortunately for me, that is more of a norm than an exception. So what I do is, I place them all together as a photo collage because:

  1. Everything looks better when lumped together (kind of like “The Cheerleader Effect” in “How I met your mother”)
  2. Each individual photos end up more like thumbnail size so you can’t really see the flaws

I wouldn’t want to be doing this all the time since I’d rather take nice photos instead (saves my time making the collage as well), but its the workaround I’m stuck with at the moment.

So do any of you have the same frustrating experience? How do you deal with the large quantity of photos that don’t really make the cut but are taking up a lot of space as RAW images? Do you usually learn from your mistakes immediately or do you find yourself repeating the same technical / compositional faults time after time?

P.S. For those wondering, the photos are taken in Singapore where I currently live.
P.P.S How many people here watches “How I Met Your Mother” and actually know what I’m talking about?