Over the last few days I have been down to Port Phillip Bay and into the CBD of Melbourne. From these trips I have converted two images to Black and White.
The first is the seascape and I have used graduated density filters that are available in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). This enables one to greatly reduce overblown areas and bring out details. In particular cloud details that are not visible in the RAW image. I also used one on the sea so that the horizon line glows more and becomes a dividing line between the clouds and the sea.
The second is a quick grab from a bridge near Melbourne with approaching storm clouds. Using the graduated density filter in ACR has allowed me to darken the clouds and heighten the impending threat.