Yes, I am practicing. One type of practicing is with the Nik software that Brian introduced me to. The other is that I may be travelling to Hollandshire and Portugal next week. So I dug up this shot taken in Hollandshire and processed it in Silver Efex.
My application for a Schengen visa is still awaiting approval. It is a very long story, but I can only comment that you guys, living in the first world, don't know how lucky you are to have your freedom of travel, to most countries.
Oh yes, happy boat Monday.