I need some strong feed back on color and what sucks about this. Let me have it but please try and be helpful.
I like the lower, color and sharpness. But I think it would work with a lot of color settings. Add mist on background shore to separate it from bridge. Desaturate the boat. There cant be “white” x plank if the rest is black/dark Can you darken water around pillars, it looks to bright there. Flip/mirror bird to right. Thats what I think
I’ve always liked silhouette scenes, the top one reminds of a game called Limbo that I enjoy playing if I need some relaxing time. I really have no preference over the black and white and color, though, but maybe add more trees, similar to the main one, receding in space and also maybe a foreground element like a plant or something. I think this will give it more depth and become more engaging for the viewer, just my two cents
really nice picture so far!
Depending on what you like to express, you could follow GJAnders ideas, or you could try:
put the tree a little more to the right,
shorten the footbridge,
try to add a bit more dynamic to the sky
add some mist
and unperfection the feet of the bird. Looks a bit to centered.
That would be kind of Hitchcock then
Anyway, nice theme!
Lighten up the pillars where they meet the water. So they look stained and bleached where the water laps at it 24/7.