Surrounded by the astonishing array of blues and greens in northern Michigan’s lakes, as well as our four very distinct seasons, I have a tough time letting go of color. I search for ways to highlight color in my images, and as a result, I sometimes don’t “see” in black and white very well. So, during this rather monochromatic moment in a recent sunset, I decided to think even more in monochrome – which let me dial up the contrast. Since the overcast skies were blue rather than grey, increasing contrast in the color image would’ve looked ludicrous, but the B&W conversion let me play with highlights and shadows, and fully display the scene reflecting in Cedar Lake in all its moody glory. As you can see, though, I wasn’t content with a straight black and white landscape; I added a touch of blue to the midtones.