I was scrolling through my library looking for a photo for a project, and in the process I was scanning through all the images I captured in Glacier bay. It was a completely overcast day with very low cloud ceilings. I spotted the image above, in full color, unprocessed from my camera’s RAW image format. Something about it told me i should try converting it to monochrome. Before the conversion, the cloud layer on top was not well defined, and it was difficult to tell how truly low the clouds were that day.
In the black-and-white conversion, the shadows and light areas in the clouds became more well defined and the line between the clear air and the cloud layer became much more sharply defined. The glacier in the distance slopes into the water and the relatively still water provides an interesting reflection. I used NIK Silver Efex 2 to process this image into monochrome.