Interesting results! I’m glad this thread has been revived!
@Ajohn I like the crop and overall contrast in your edit. The only thing that disturbs me a bit is the fact that the clipped highlights are grey and not totally white (see for example the edge of the hat).
@s7habo I really like the separation you did between the musician and the background. The only thing I would correct are the color casts in the bright regions in front of the shoes.
@patdavid and other pixls.us site developers: this is really one of the cases where I’d love to have a browsable gallery of all the submitted images. So I’ve started wondering: would it be possible to submit the pictures to a gallery linked to the thread, instead of into the post itself? No idea if this would be technically possible, but would be really great!