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I'm a huge fan of BW and the tones and composition are outstanding on this one. Iíve been playing with digital for about 2 years and I still canít get the range you managed to capture. What is your secrete?
There is really no secret. First, I try to capture a properly exposed image with as much contrast as possible, always in RAW format. Using Photoshop CS2 and after making some tweaking adjustments in levels and curves, I open the Channels pallet, examining each of the channels to determine which, red, green or blue, gives me the most contrast. Once determined, I add a channel mixer adjustment layer and play around with the mix until I get something that I like. At this point, I sometimes will add an additional levels adjustment layer to darken or lighten specific areas. This technique is explained in Les Meehan's book, creative photoshop landscape techniques.
As an alternative, this whole process is automated, thus made infinitely easier, using Fred's BW Workflow Pro, which I will sometimes call up if I can't achieve what I am striving for with the above technique.
If I can ever help you with a specific image, or answer any questions, please send me a PM. I am still learning about this stuff myself, but perhaps between the two of us, we can figure it out.