When I upload a photograph I always tick the modification option. It's interesting to see how people perceive the photos I take and process.
Following the last few uploads it's becoming apparent that many modifiers prefer a more vibrant tonal range, as my uploads are always being subjected to levels or curves adjustments to "brighten" the images.
Now I usually prefer the version I uploaded, as I also have access to the controls that are used to make the changes, but tend to have used them subtly.
This lead me to consider how we see pictures. I've always been one for muted colours when Photoshopping, one reason I tend not to over do the HDR stuff. Yet I appreciate the range of saturation of colour pallets some members use, but not necessarily on the photos I upload.
For me it reminds me of the old TV scenario where you'd walk into a house and the tele would be all garish in colour as the owner had increased brightness and saturation until it suited them.
A photography lecturer once said that the reason for this is the eye/brain reactors (can't remember the name) vary from person to person. Some need more colour saturation than others.
Are you a muted colour or vivid colour person?
I feel muted, yet out of all photographic films I preferred Velvia - which kind of contradicts my preference!