Wally said:thanks everyone, it was a cold dreary day which is what I was trying to capture here. On a nice day this place would be wall to wall with people fishing, on this day with 32 degree weather (0 for all you metric types) and gusty winds only one brave soul was out.
Wally said:Tranceplant since this is a square format image the rule of thrids does not really apply to verticals only horizontals and I cropped it that way on purpose. (besides rules were meant to be broken) If you notice the focal point of the image is the man fishing and he is 1/3 of the way from the right and a little below dead center. You will also notice that the sidewalk in the foreground will guide the eye right towards that spot.
You will also notice multiple horizontal lines in this image that compliment each other. The first one is a line of darker clouds in the sky, followed by the top of the trees, followed by the edge of the water, followed by lines in the sidewalk. Not trying to pick on you just wanted to share why I framed and took the picture this way. Back in the old days I used to shoot a lot of 6x6 medium format film and I still like the square format and will shoot with my 2:3 ratio DSLR with the intent to crop back to 1:1 ratio in photoshop.
Also for the record while I really don't care you edited my copyrighted photo a lot of people here would take great offense to someone editing a copyrighted photo and posting it with out permission.
As for the supposed lack of contrast I guess I fail to see why people are saying that? A check of the histogram will show a full range of 256 shades of gray from black to white, which is what a good B&W image should have.
This was a dreary, misty day and this is just what it looked like. To boost the contrast in photoshop would destroy that feel. If I would have shot it on film and developed it in my darkroom it would have looked just like this which is what I want.