If you have more examples processed under the new calibration, please post these so we can check consistency.
My perception of brightness is darker than your standard. If this is the right amount of brightness that is considered industry standard than I will have to get used to this. It does look brighter than before, which means that my pictures were darker than your standard. Here is another picture for you to critique.
Hmmmm..... this new one has dark midtones as posted, Ely.
Below is its histogram as you've processed. Yes, the RGB channels are already touching the right limit, but the mass of the histogram is underexposed. It's ok to push the exposure some more, as the areas that will be blown are only the specular highlights (dew drops).
Here's adjusting the brightness, contrast and levels so your photo appears normally exposed on my LCD:
If you have doubts about your perception on how bright should it be, you can view the amazing photos of the masters at www.naturescapes.net/. Here are links to some recent photos of Alan Murphy, an ace birdshooter whose processing technique I look up to. If Alan's photos look too bright on your screen, then you need to adjust your perception of what a "good brightness" is.
Wow Romy those pictures are really bright, especially the Wood Duck and Snail Kite. Now, I will not be afraid to brighten up my pictures. I hope our fellow members see this thread. I am learning a lot from you. You are right about making the pictures warmer and brighter makes it nicer to look at. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.