Which of the two pictures below (if any) would you consider to be art ?
Both are quick evaluations of the potential of a panorama, to determine whether it is worth spending more time on the picture or not.
Both will appeal to very different viewers (or not ;))
There’s no doubt that with a little more work to tame the very harsh lighting (and no AUTOPANO wording all over the picture :)) the latter will produce a print much closer to what photographers refer to a fine art. It would probably be the easier print to sell.
However, I like the sloppy first better, because it evokes the moment rather than printing skill.
The second picture evokes a shiny object. The first is a memory. The beauty of the place doesn’t need artificial . In the first, I am calling to your primal instincts. In the second, I am hoping you will admire my work at the computer or the darkroom.
It’s all a matter of taste. A bit like a match pitching David Hockney & Uta Barth VS Ansel Adams & Edward Weston.
So, which would you hang on the wall ?