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Thank you for your thoughts.....I was wondering because I was able to get very dramatic black and whites in the darkroom and haven't been able to get the same results with my digital. I do know I need more practice. And I do have photoshop, I just need to play with it more i guess. Thanks!
I'm coming a bit late to the party, but I suggest that you check out John Beardsworth's book Advanced Digital Black & White Photography. Most of that book is about different ways to convert images from color to B&W in Photoshop, and the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.
You might also want to try a free trial of the program LightZone from Light Crafts. It's an editing program that is focused on working with tonal levels, so it should be particularly good for working on B&W photos.
A big problem with digital B&W is getting good prints. It's only been in the last few years that the printer manufacturers have started to become serious about making inkjet printers that produce decent B&W prints. I'm afraid I don't know much about B&W printers, but it's something that you probably want to look into if you're serious about your B&W.