Switching to B&W in-camera, I seem to get better results straight out of the camera than with Silver Efex Pro and it all happens far faster. Seems I can also import this result into Silver Efex Pro to just add toning and the result isn’t really any darker than the original pre-Silver Efex Pro file.
Yet another self portrait (toned one at bottom). It’s not all ego, there’s some strangeness and wonderfulness in there too.
Top: apart from burning in a little hot spot on the cheek and adding a slight vignette, basically straight out of camera. JPEG => Capture One TIFF conversion, Lightroom export for web.
Bottom: same as top plus coffee tone in Silver Efex Pro 2