I just played tonight with an image I liked from the other night’s impromptu portrait session with my nephew. The image wasn’t perfect because of some junk in the shed behind him.
I boosted the contrast quite a bit, upped the exposure a tad and played with the tone curve fairly dramatically. I emphasized the shadows while only bringing a touch of emphasis to the highlights. I cropped it a bit and rotated it about 30 degrees or so.
Then I played with some actions to accentuate some blur, increased the image size and applied a frame.
I hope you enjoy.