I'm on my laptop, with which an angle change of a few degress makes all the difference in the world to brightness & contrast. Things might look different on my main computer. But I think you captured the scene very well. It is the flame and the formation of the glass object that makes or breaks this photo. Men in sunglasses are bulk produce. Even if you could maintain detail in the shadow parts doesn't necessarily mean that you should. (In a landscape photo things may be different but this is an action shot).
Hi Robert, Very nice! I shudder to think what my D300 would produce under these conditions. Like Antero said, I don't think you need to have the detail in the shadows. The exposure adds to the feel of this. Love the flame reflection in his glasses.
A neat picture, quite something special. The only way I can see that one might deal with the shadows is using fill flash - carefully. Too much of that and it will destroy the mood of the shot. But then I guess you can't very well stand there experimenting with flash while the guy works..
Thank you Matthew and Joel. I considered bringing up the exposure on the side and back of head to separate him from the background. Think I will leave it as is. Might have to lighten up the whole image for printing. -------------------