It's wet and miserable today - one of those days when you have to have the lights on all day because it never gets properly light. Stuck for anything interesting to take a photo of I decided to play around and try a self portrait, using one of my favourite effects, selective colour.
Aperture makes selective colour so easy to do. There's no messing around with layers; you simply apply a black and white effect and then brush it away wherever you don't want it. The brush tool even detects edges for you, which is great if you were a messy colourer as a kid and found it hard to stay inside the lines!
The other thing I did here to get the bleached out skin effect (oh so necessary at my age if you want to hide the wrinkles!) was to play around with the curves tool. I wish I knew how to get rid of the reflection of the patio door in my eye, but I know if I tried to do it I'd end up making a mess of things.