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Close, but for my taste your face is over exposed on one side, and you could go a little less on the other side without any problem.
I may have misunderstood your intent here. As a matter of fact I did. The first time I read it I thought you suggested I should have had less light on the right side of my face and a little more on my left. I see now you meant less light on both sides.
I think we were suggesting decreased exposure on your face, not increased. With only one light source that can be difficult, but could possible be achieved by feathering the light further toward the front (away from your face), using a flag, etc.
As I said, though, it's fine the way it is; I just nthink it could be even better with less exposure on your face...especially on the shadow side.
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BrianO, I find myself drawn to low key images. I enjoy the 'darkness' and mysteriousness that they provide, in which you described in your post. Thank you for the background 'history' lesson--I looked at many of the Rembrandt paintings from the link, but was unfamiliar with the term chiaroscuro.
Yes, I do want to experiment...give me a few minutes and I'll re-post an edited version. The first one I posted was pretty close to SOOC, BTW, with a very subtle levels adjustment in LR and slight crop.
Edit: Not sure why my entire last sentence is italicized.