Doing B&W seems to be a lot harder in the digital age. I often see scene’s that I think are perfect for B&W and once I’m home I cannot get it the way I want to with my RAW editor.
About your scene revisited entry: It is a rather good edit but I do miss the deep blacks and the matte/pearl finish that paper would give you. I’m presuming that is also why you aren’t too happy with it.
That brings back memories! I used to have my own darkroom and used FP4, HP5 or T-MAX 3200 film. I still have not been able to get that B&W look in the digital age. Probably 'cause of the combo paper, film and your own development method.
I’m sure you’re going to like going back to film and paper.
I’m not dissing digital B&W, I’ve seen really beautiful results so it must be possible. Something just doesn’t click and I suspect that is does have something to do with having done B&W film + paper (I’m stuck is another way of putting it ).
If I decide to do both a colour and B&W version I do them on different days and start from scratch for both of them (except WB, lenscorrection etc. The camera related basics).