There are images that feel like a diamond in the rough. I work with them, adjusting color, contrast, maybe cropping but nothing seems to work. Still, I like the image, but just know that it can be better.
Such is the case with this one. I played with it a few times over the last few weeks and finally it dawned on me to try converting it to black and white. I think it didn’t occur to me sooner because there didn’t seem to be enough contrast. Once I did though it was obvious this was exactly what it needed.