Colours and tones help in the protraying of the story behind a picture.
Top pic: The colour is dull, and does not bring out the picture at all. Colour definately does not work well in this pic. Just an example, an orange glow from a sunset on the subject would bring out a totally different feeling.
Bottom pic: Sephia is used to protray an nostalgic tone. However, your pic looks nowhere nostalgic to me at the moment.
Sad, but none of the two are good. Nevertheless, keep on trying.