I see that they have not updated their website for 2022. Have they completely stopped sending out pdfs to subscribers?
From a photographic perspective I suspect they have the levels at the printing process set way too far towards the dark end of the histogram. At least for this issue.
I see what you mean. I picked you up wrongly.However it certainly doesn't help if they do pick a darker scene, they then print it even darker. You can see there is quite a big difference between the original and what they printed.
I can assure you that the actual magazine cover is nowhere near as dark as it appears here!