Nicely done black and white work! Only a couple of small points:
1. The dashed line indicating the area of interest could bear a thicker line, and possibly longer dashes.
2. The scalebar is a little hard to read, especially the smaller ticks. I would make it bolder, and get rid of the 2.5 marker, which is a little confusing.
The relief is just right – the small details are visible, without compromising the larger landforms, which is exactly what you want on this map. Did you do anything unusual to create the relief, besides for the 290º angle? It almost looks as though you've combined a couple of different views, or maybe used a Lambertian Reflection setting. In any case, it works – no confusion here!
Thanks for the comment all,
I have since moved the scale bar to the right corner, and agree with the 2.5. I will also change those ticks to .5 lineweight.
The relief was a labor of love. I have not been satisfied lately with my grey scale terrains. Too much medium grey/dark feel. This map it was even exacerbated with large water bodies. I just used a hillshade (but cleaned a lot of artifacts in PS) and then multiplied it with two different versions of a b/w dem. The second of which was almost completely blown out/white to lighten the overall terrain. Then it is just a matter of adjusting the transparencies and flattening.
I make it sound simple, but one of the adjustment layers in PS that I utilizes is the Curves and make adjustments to the individual channels. As I was taught one time at a photography seminar on PS: if Levels adjustment layer is an automatic Fiat, then Curves is a 6-speed Ferrari.
"Ah, to see the world with the eyes of the gods is geography--to know cities and tribes, mountains and rivers, earth and sea, this is our gift."