I decided to retain more of the blue tint in this one via the white balance adjustment during RAW conversion. Lighting was from two Minolta 5400HS flashguns (one on 1/16th the other on 1/8th power) triggered wirelessly. The directional quality, present in the original but not strong enough for my liking, was amplified with a blended 'lighting effects' layer. I like painting with cloned fabric so I've done that again here and some of the colour and texture is pulled from digital noise. I've experimented with - and been criticised for - that particular technique on a number of occasions! Anyway, my intention was to create more of an illustration than a photograph if that makes sense. I'm including the original unedited shot for comparison - always a dangerous thing IMO
When a shoot offers me the chance to experiment more artistically I usually make the most of it. Rather than work each shot the same way I try different things. There are technical issues with this image (in both forms) but they do not really concern me. I'd be more interested to hear what anyone thinks on an artistic/aesthetic level.