Aspen Grove (B&W) - Recently, I've been experimenting with B&W conversions using Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom and Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro (plug-in). This scene was shot last fall during our tour to the Aspen, Colorado, area. It was originally captured as a vertical, but there was a bunch of sky showing as bright highlights in a band about 2/3rds the way up, which I felt was distracting. So, I cropped it as a horizontal keeping the boulder as an "anchor point". Because the sun had already set, the details could still be seen in the shadow areas. While this would have made a great image in color, I wanted to feature the more graphic nature of the aspen trunks. Most of the conversion was performed in Lightroom by first clicking on B&W, then adjusting the tree trunks with exposure and then setting the Blacks and Contrast sliders to darken the shadow areas bringing more attention to the trunks and boulder. Final adjustments of the individual color channels completes the conversion. Settings: ISO 400, shutter 1/100 second at f8.