Many people asked me how we created this effect, let’s call it Bleach Bypass. Below are briefly explanation how this can be achieved and Before and After images.
Hope this will help you to understand the basics of the technique and show the direction for your own development. I have also created more detailed step-by-step guide with video and forum discussion/critique for professionals on the “Pro Corner” of Photigy.
Here is a short description of the necessary steps:
1. Convert an image in Adobe Camera RAW
2. Apply Color Efex Pro/Bleach Bypass plugin
3. Adjust photo in Photoshop as you like by using masking and Levels, Hue/Saturation, Selective Color, Shadows/Highlights etc.
4. Add Dodge and Burn for more dramatic effect (must say that I did not do this step for the most of these photos)