Obviously we need some place to start. I didn’t take this shot with the intention of this result. This was actually a part of some test shots to setup the camera settings for another shot that I have not yet posted. I liked how this test shot looked and when seeing the photo, it screamed out to have this type of treatment.
I only used Lightroom 3 beta for the processing. (The beta is free right now if you want to download it from Adobe and try it).
Lets start with the original: