BsBs - Nice Job! Congratulations! (Just as one note, I was trying to figure out what those things on the floor were. At first they looked like autumn leaves, but then I saw that the cracks between the floorboards were in front of them, so I guess they are just a repetetive mark of some kind on the wood?)
Those are terrific! I actually like the 2nd one even better. If you want feedback on that scene, I’d say first not to change too much, because it looks great as it is. I don’t think it’s too dark.
You might add a bit more definition to the stairs in the upper right, they are a flat gray, and when I first looked at the image I was wondering what the blocky 2D squares were covering part of the window. If the stairs in the upper right of the frame just had a little bit of rim or specular along the edges that face the light bulb, it might define them better in 3D and help add to the sense of a space closing in around us too.
The lightbulb looks good, but maybe in Photoshop you could add little more glow around it, maybe just extending a few pixels outside of it? Also, the archway closest to the stairs looks a little strange, the shadow it casts on the wall looks as if the bottom of the archway doesn’t fully connect to the top arch, and then the top arch stays bright all the way up to where it meets the ceiling above it, where it might look better if it either faded away or else continued out of frame with the same texture?