sorry to ask particulars
but do you remember the fstop
you exposed your films at ?
sometimes wide lenses and shallow DOF
will give this effect. judging from the dim light
i will guess that you exposed kind of wide ( maybe f8 or more ? )
and you had no trouble focusing on the left image ( horizontal lines make it easy )
but the right image you focused on the tall building ( contrast between light and dark makes it easy ).
the shallowish DOF would make the foreground seem out of focus ...
i kind of like dreamy ...