The Joys of a Windows and Manual Exposure

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Shot take while metering on the inside of the window.

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Shot taken while metering on the outside of the window.

When I shoot and I know I may not be back to visit the subject any time soon I’ll take multiple shots.  The various shots will include different manual exposures, different focal points, and different angles.  I don’t bracket, I change my settings to achieve different effects.

For the images above I metered on the different light sources to achieve a totally different effect.  One has more contrast, the other is high key.  The top image shows only the interior of the window of the New York City Public Library while the second shows more of what is going on outside in the streets of NYC.

Which do you prefer?