Welcome to August in Baltimore!
It's hot...it's humid...I'm talkin' serious schvizten here.
The other day, I stopped thinking about the weatherly misery just long enough to catch some boys just ahead of me, crossing a bricked patch of street adjacent to my Light Rail stop.
Out of the camera, the image had the boys almost, but not quite, in silhouette. Using the Levels layer in Photoshop Elements 4, I darkened the shadows further. Then I slid the midtone control quite a ways to the right (dark) side. This darkened the image overall and made the bricks more prominent, but it also surprised me by resulting in a sepia-like tone.
I had planned to add a gradient layer to convert the image to B&W, but at this point, I decided to leave well enough alone.
Meanwhile, we only had a temperature-humidity index of 100F today, down from a "feels like" 110F yesterday.