I started with this picture.
I ended up with this picture.
So how did I do it? With NikSoftware Silver Efex Pro2 plug-in for Photoshop CS4. I first processed my RAW file. For more on how I do that you can click here. I opened the jpg up in Photoshop.
Then I clicked on the Silver Efex plug-in. It's next to my history window.
For more information about all this plug-in can do please visit niksoftware.com.
My thoughts on the software:
I love it! It is a little over whelming at first. Between all the presets and all the ways you can tweak each preset you can start to get lost in it. The more I use it though the less overwhelming it is. I'm a big fan of black and white photography and this brings a more realistic black and white feel to your digital photos.
*Please note all opinions in this post are mine and mine along. I was in no way compensated for it. I have no affiliation with NikSoftware.