This photo of model/actress Shelley Boozer was taken about six months ago at the Popular Photography Digital Days model shoot in Houston.
Short memory. That's what happens alot to me when it comes to postprocessing my photos. I move on to the next project or get caught up with a new technique and leave decent images sitting on a hard drive. Nothing's more satisfying to me as a photographer/retoucher than when you find that long forgotten image buried in a folder of photos taken months ago and bring it to the surface and get a printable image from it.
After a nice retouch of the eyes and skin, what really made this image pop was a Nik Silver Efex layer put into luminosity blending mode at about 60%. The Silver Efex layer? Antique Plate I. Go figure. This doesn't exactly have the appearance of "antique." But it never ceases to amaze me how creatively you can use black and white and sepiatone layers with various blending modes to impart selective glow and shadow and really give impact to an image.