Now working to improve my black and white post processing. I do like the stark high contrast images but it is easy to blow out the white resulting in no detail.
This image above is my usual post process set up, but you can see many places on the hat where the detail has been lost.
Now the above shot has more detail in the hat, still a few spots too white, but much better. I need to keep working on this for a better pre set, although I think each image will need a little tweaking.
Pro Tip: I need to get the exposure right in camera, for digital that means making sure the brightest part of the photo is not blown out. Shooting manual helps make this consistent and possible.