I posted this over at immune the other day, and though you guys would appreciate this here. So.....here's a neat effect some crazy bastard and I came up with like four years ago. It really makes [almost] any photo awesome without doing much altering:
001. Duplicate the original layer 002. Set the new layer to "Overlay" 003. "Desaturate" the original layer 004. "Sharpen" the original layer 005. Ta-Da!