I spent 10 minutes on this image in Nik Color Efex Pro 4, a tiny fraction of the time spent on the image below.
I converted this image of an orange cactus flower into black and white because the original colors just weren’t working for me — I had shot it in bright sunlight. I tried a lot of different things, and this photo is a combined product of Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 and, finally, Lightroom’s split-toning controls, which I don’t think I’ve ever used before.
And to start things out, I focus-stacked four images of the flower in Photoshop so the center of the flower would be in focus. When I shot it originally I focused from front to back.
In the end, I don’t think this photo was worth all the time I spent on it, but once I got going I couldn’t stop. It’s all about the photographic journey for me.