Thanks +Stephan Bollinger
! (And +Ollie Dale
.) Excellent suggestions. I actually have 28 frames that I caught of this particular scene. I had the A7s + FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro on silent shooting which is the only way that would not have been extremely rude and obnoxious. I like both of these framings better. The one provides more context, background, and a 3rd character (white-bearded guru) on the right side of the image. It does risk distracting and reducing the simplicity of the photo. The other one is framed pretty much the way you were thinking (I believe) without any complications.
I tried processing both the way you suggested. You were spot on with the blown highlights and temperature. Rookie mistakes, sorry. Thanks. (In my defense, I had spent about five minutes on it in Lightroom on the flight from Kathmandu to Doha.)
I've never done bleach bypass. I Googled some tutorials and tried to do it in PS, but as a rank amateur, my results were not stellar. I then broke down and bought the Nik Collection (which I'd been lusting after for some time and which apparently is famed for their Bleach Bypass in Color Efex).
Back to my handling the blown highlights, in the RAW processing, my Highlights slider in LR was already at -100 (and stacking extra -100 Highlights layers in LR don't have much or a pleasant effect IME), so I leaned heavily on using the Exposure slider to bring down the overall exposure. I valiantly heeded your instructions to not worry about left of the face (indeed all of image) falling to dark. It does end up changing the feel of the image significantly (including removing some of the feeling of light coming in from right). I do think I like it better, but am still processing mentally.
Did I do what you were thinking? Which framing do you prefer?