I have been thoroughly unsuccessful in "scanning" Ilford Art 300 paper with my camera. Oh well. Sharing nonetheless.
I am beginning to like Carbon toner -- two minutes is all it takes to convert the natural olive tone into a more neutral B&W. Any more time than two minutes, I'm finding I will end up with a root-beer color, or even cherry Coke, and I'm not convinced that works well with portraits.
Thanks awty and Afselius. If I could do it over again, I'd have her bend forward at the hip about a centimeter to lessen the power stance just a tad/de-emphasize the lower torso (which I thought I had corrected for in the viewfinder) but alas...
I recall a story from Art History days in which one of the Masters allegedly quipped that the background was the more difficult part of portraiture.
This worked for me for the general minimalist mood I was after, and given the short time I had to make the shot, but it’s good to hear your feedback. The fact that it stood out for you, and in a negative way, is important.