I’ve finally bitten the bullet and started to learn how to use luminoity masks. Using these masks is an excellent way to process your black and white images. A bit of a learning curve but think I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I’ve used masks from T o n y K u y p e r P h o t o g r a p h y in the following images. You can download the masks and read tutorials from Tony at http://www.goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html
These are the first images I’ve processed using this method. Still have a lot to learn but happy with the results so far.