11 Feb 14. Departing the ferry and starting the drive to Everett last Saturday I couldn't help but notice that the light that morning was about as beautiful as any I could remember. I was truly regretting that the next 3 hours would not be available to me for photography. So, as soon as the meeting ended, we high tailed it to the Fir Island area to shoot. Along the way I felt required to call Jan and a tell her about how beautiful the mountains were bathed in that light. We began our shoot looking for swans and while we did find several groups of them, none were positioned such that they were truly photogenic. But we did get to see several small flights of them moving from place to place, and I took advantage of those small excursions to try and get some good in flight images. I wasn't very successful, but I did get one image that I liked although the birds were not quite where I wanted to have them placed. I played with it for a couple of hours yesterday and never really got anything I felt worth sharing. Today, after spending the entire day working on Council issues, I returned to it as I needed to do something relaxing, and thought it might work out acceptably well as a B&W image. In my mind it did, and so it is the B&W submission for this week. Now, the main subject initially, meaning when I pressed the shutter, was the flight of four swans, but they unfortunately failed to become what I desired in any approach, so I just let them fade into the background as supporting actors to the now main characters of mountain and church, both being white, against the remaining shades of black everything else. The original scene was simply beautiful, but what my eye/brain combo provided me the camera simply failed to comprehend. So, starting with the original capture, I did the following to get to what you are seeing. First I duped the background, changed the blending mode to multiply and masked it to get just the amount of enhancement I desired. Then I duped that resultant layer and cropped the image to get the compositional balance I liked best.Then I added an adjustment layer to enhance the snow on the mountain, then another layer to get rid of a whole lot of man made distractions, then a curves layer to lighten the foreground, a levels adjustment to lighten just the mid tones, and finally converted all that to B&W. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/1250 sec @ f / 8.