This photo was a happy accident. I have hundreds of photos, many of which are nothing special. I was experimenting with this using Color Efex Pro 4, a part of the NIK Collection, a series of plugins for Photoshop. I usually just use the plugins to clean up and enhance photos; it’s rare that I radically change a photo. In this case, though, I was able to take an ordinary photo and turn it into something much more dramatic.