Hi All and thanks to all for voting on the last weeks comp, there were many great entries - always are actually :-)
From what I can remember the creation of the photo was pretty simple and a lot of fun actually.
The original photo started out like this - shot with canon 50D, 430 ex speedlite on board flash with hand held white A3 white board as a reflector. Used my 10-20mm Siggy @f11 shot on manual.
First pp was in PSE9:
Created layer, used high pass filter to select a little detail (about 6.3 in this case) then overlay and merged layers
Used brush with darken colour at about 12% to highlight and emphasize face features
2nd PP into LR3:
Applied some selective darkening of face features again to bring out wrinkles etc, this took the most time, a lot of trial and error here.
Applied selective sharpening and increase colour of eyes
Applied a little blacks slide
Applied a lot of contrast slider
Applied a 100% of Clarity slider
Adjusted saturation slider to suite
sharpened in LR3
The photo is one of a series I have now posted on my website called "The bloke"
Hope you find this interesting