This is my first serious effort at a gallery quality print from digital. Because the luminosity is a bit extreme, I am at a loss deciding whether I need super bright white and smooth glossy photo paper, or rich black pigments and textured matte fiber to add warmth.
At the very least I am hoping to narrow the range for a couple test prints.
Rob, in case you read this, I'll be back in soon to let you know the decision!
BTW, this was shot just as the setting sun shone through the gap between the wooden planks of the pier and an embankment on the shore of the marina behind the pier. The bird obliged me by staying put in the waveguide of reflecting water just long enough to get the exposure and the framing right. Post processing was mostly adjusting the brightness and a little playing with the levels to get a monochrome conversion as close to my vision of the scene as I could.
I'm going with "White and Black" as the title.