[font color=\'#000000\']The second one looks a little overly saturated in the yellows for my taste, but otherwise they look quite fine color-wise and contrast-wise. Not having seen the actual scene, they look quite natural to me (other than the yellow in the second one).
It actually was the dominant yellow that caused me to even stop and take the second picture. But I have to tell you that the scene was quite "dead" in person. I didn't even notice much about the logs in the scene untill I viewed it on my monitor.
As far as color balance goes, I chose to go with the suggested "as shot" auto WB, probably about 4000k, when converted from raw. While I did optimize overall RGB levels, I did nothing to any of the individual channels. There is probably overall a 25% saturation boost before all is said and done.
The shadow/highlight recovery really made the logs detailed and the foliage "dreamy" looking. I played around a bit with the setting on that, restricting each to a very narrow band of influence and then boosting to taste.
I may start experimenting with this more.[/font]