Processed in Picnik (via Flickr) Square crop – used the square constraint (1:1) Convert to B/W by desaturation (often use the b/w with filter tool) Vignette – can be used to make thin frame to heavy vignette Ortonish filter – one of several good cheap/toy camera filters available.
Lightroom is my tool of choice but Picnik gives a little more freedom on the creative side. Of course Lightroom wins hands down for batch work but for one offs Picnik is fun to use – and very intuitive. The quality of the output is also very good – haven't used it for print but for screen use it is more than up to the job.
The image was an experiment to see if I could increase the seperation between the foreground and background – it is an effect I've used and seen used with color but not with black and white. I don't think it is particularly useful – more just interesting for its own sake.