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To Bob and Mr. Bean:
Thanks so much for your takes on this. The black and white version is beautifully executed. I'm usually a color guy, but am swayed by your your b&w rendition. I think the bodyless hand (holding the phone or ipod?) and leg add a touch of levity. The structure is a bus shelter, typically seen on many corners now in NYC. I am unfamiliar with Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4. Are these plug ins for Photoshop, or stand alone programs? How do they differ from what can normally be accomplished in photoshop?
I prefer the BW also - much better suited - notice how the body parts no longer compete with the subject but rather help frame and complement the image.
Viveza and Color Efex are PS and LR plugins from Nik Software. You might download the trials (assuming they are still available since Google "acquired" Nik last week (?)). I am not optimistic about the future of Nik's plugins given my former experience with compiler and IDE companies with excellent, well-thought out and engineered products BTW, competing against the MS/Visual Studio ecosystem. I cannot imagine Google has any interest in furthering products that are Adobe-centric; think Picasa, web, cloud, and mobile apps instead.
Anyway, what they offer outside PS - nothing other than the fact one (at least in my case) can compress hours of work and expertise outside one's skill-set into a mouse click and sliders. Really, check 'em out.