Darnell- I too like your PP treatment of images. In the examples did you use only temp sliders, seems like additional treatment of added noise + darkening of grays?? Would love to know your take on it. Thanks.
You are correct in your assumptions. My mention of color was more about setting the overall tone/mood of a particular images. The "thinker" was done with mostly color manipulation (desat. brushes), burning, sharpening.
The basement scene included all the above plus a bit of filter>render>fibers, dodging. I had to bring in a second RAW underexposed -2 for the light over his head. The real fun part was recreating the color of the original scene. The room he was in was much warmer so I lassoed and feathered to get the separation (I don't like masks much). I use the history brush to get the floor to fade from warm to cool (I like the history brush).