This was taken in San Francisco on our trip there in 2013. I really liked the variety of activity going on, with the bartender seeming to dominate the whole scene (See the original image below).
After cropping to a square format, I used the Photoshop Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast filters to reduce the saturation and brighten up the image. Nik Glamour Glow then gave it a slight air of unreality and this was followed by the Detail Extractor and Dark Contrasts filters to give it the feeling I wanted. In all cases layer masks were used to stop the main characters in the centre of the image from being affected. Viveza, to change the lighting, and the Clone Tool, to remove minor distractions, were then used. Finally, the image was sharpened using the high pass filter.
This image has had 4 international acceptances including 66th Midland Salon of International Photography 2015 (England) and all three of the Great British Small Print Circuit 2015 Salons (Carlisle, Hoylake and Solway) (UK)
Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 3200, f/1.8, 1/200 sec