My opinion is, that as a straight "black and white" case, they would *not* be considered dark, but I get the spirit of the point of what you are trying to say, and we are resonable people thus an internal discussion would need to take place. Personally I would allow the above photos (the LAX
shots) to be marked as dark, others I am not so sure about as I feel some are manipulated to make them look much more orange than they really are, but that is not what this thread is about.
Why is this being done? Simple, abuse. Just look at some of those photos that were shown above. We are tired of writing the same messages to the same photogs over and over..so, we have to play the bad guy and start rejecting such shots.