Here’s another landscape image taken early last year using an old Rebel XT and an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens. I processed the first entirely in Lightroom using the high-contrast grayscale conversion routine outlined in Scott Kelby’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book for Digital Photographers and finished it off in Noise Ninja.
Since I started out shooting B&W over 30 years ago, processing images like this really bring back some memories. One of the best (and most thoroughly used) reference books I’ve ever read on B&W imagery is Natural Light Photography by Ansel Adams. I got my hardcover edition of this book in 1976, the same year I bought my first SLR. Every few years I’ll sit down and reread this timeless classic. Every photographic principal and technique Ansel Adams described in this 1952 book remains true today.