I like the tonal range and contrast in the edit- what did you do there?
but- I'm gonna have to disagree with everyone on the crop.
I simply find it more appealing... Why is horizontal orientation a raw nerve on this site?
^That's good CC. I will take that into consideration in the future.
But- what did you do to the tones and contrast? Do you look at a histogram when you make these changes or do you have another method?
I just increased brightness a bit, and added contrast... nothing major. There isn't a formula, if that is what you are asking. I just set it to what I like (which has been developing and changing over the past 37 years or so)! Sorry I can't be more helpful...