Quote Originally Posted by newtorf View Post
If one takes a reading of the shadow with a handheld meter, and reduces the exposure by 2 stops, it means that the grey objects in shadow are put in zone III, and any objects darker than grey are lost.
This is exactly what you want. The shadow is not the main part of the picture so you push it down into darker shades of gray. Expect the shadow to become almost black on the print.

On the print, within the shadow (that you pushed down to Zone III dark gray) are some medium grays and some pitch black. That is the texture. If you look close at shadow on the print you will see what's going on. But if it was the main subject people would tell you it's too dark.