In my opinion the 3rd image is very good and while even the 2nd image pushes the whites a little, I think the most dramatic action is probably in the 1st image. While there is no way of knowing how much the original was altered this is just another way of demonstrating how the contrast can be manipulated to manipulate some of the perception of what is actually a very similar scene.
A good friend of mine (a professional photographer and developer) who also does some great work for corporate clients shot this event for his client last week at the banquet table. He does most of his business through his demos and site advertising and this is his "day job".
What a great capture. I'd love to see how that came out on the computer. Using a "studio" type of light really helps. I wish he would have used it more often as a pointing device as the natural light is, well, natural. :)
Jeff used to be a brilliant Photoshop guru. He has moved away from that craft. But he took a software landscape course on a whim and then an advanced lighting course. He says that he doesn't do as much in Photoshop as he used to. When shooting, he says that he is more deliberate in his choices. So, who knows what he is using to do the job? Photoshop? Another light and camera simulation? d2c66b5586