18 Nov 14. Today's B&W image was created with an original color file that was edited using an initial B&W gradient layer on top of which I placed several curve adjustment layers. And that was it; no filters or any other software. Nothing fancy here, just the application of several slight and one heavy - for the sky - luminosity (curves) adjustments to achieve the final output. The grass, trees, reflections, and rocks all received small adjustments, but the sky, which was really bland in the original color file, and even more so in the B&W conversion needed a LOT of "help" if it was going to be interesting and not just a white distraction, so it got the heavy handed treatment. This is the small pond adjacent to the upper parking lot which leads to the trail taking you over a descent ridge to the series of small lakes appropriately called the Chain Lakes. If you make the drive to the end of the Mt Baker Scenic Highway, you definitely want to enjoy this very scenic hike. You'll want sturdy hiking boots, and depending on the time of year both sun screen and Deep Forest OFF, and of course your camera and a good hiking companion. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/500 sec @ f / 7.1.