The Top example looks like it was shot in the fog, which will generally be low in contrast.
And the second example is probably under-exposed.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Correctly developed negative film has a lot less contrast than the original scene, and the scanning/printing step restores the original contrast. This is a good thing, because it gives us plenty of dynamic range on the film, although the material can barely cover a density range of 2-3, but scanners really struggle with this low contrast and create lots of extra noise. And since most scanners make some attempt at auto contrast, you can not judge negative contrast from the scans unless you use the densitometer function of your scanner software.
Trying to be the best of whatever I am, even if what I am is no good.