A huge advantage of digital photography is the ability to adjust the color saturation of an image. Before computers this was so difficult as to be impossible under most conditions. Now it is just a slider you tweak.
A number of software programs now have both saturation and vibrance adjustments: vibrance tends to keep skin tones from going as crazy as the other colors at high settings. So: to lessen the color levels for panels 1, 2, 3, and 4, I used saturation to lower color levels; for the images in panels 6, 7, and 8, I used vibrancy to increase color. And for panel 8 both vibrance AND saturation are turned up all the way.
Bottom Line: The ability to adjust the saturation back up or down to where you want it, or to a new interpretation of the image, is an extremely powerful tool.
The way you see these images also depends on your monitor and viewing conditions, which is mostly beyond the scope of this site. If you see the color saturation very differently than the way I label it, that means your monitor and mine are widely different. Color management and monitor calibration have been an ongoing nightmare for me, but I worked out most issues before I started this project.
85mm, f 1.2, 1/2000, ISO 100