The next image is the color RAW file, with some of my standard adjustments
The final picture is a black and white conversion of the post-processed color version shown above, using Nik Software Silver Fx Pro to produce what I like as a final black and white image.
I think this is a pretty good exercise, and I plan to post a few more examples in the coming week. I know that some good photographers actually visualize their images in black and white. I don't know if I'll ever be able to master that. This exercise might help me though.