Thanks, Monica! I've never participated in a "Before and After" bloghop before, but I thought I'd give it a try :)
Here's a shot I took the other day, just messing around with my camera. I shot it in Manual and metered the light appropriately in the shot before, but then moved a bit and pressed the shutter before checking the light meter again. It turned out underexposed because of the slight back lighting from the front door window.
Although I have Photoshop version something or other on my computer and also have GIMP, I haven't really played around with those enough to know what I'm doing yet. So I turned to Picnik for my edits.
I first fixed the exposure and contrast. Then I increased the sharpness just a bit. Then I added a faded sepia tone, but enough to keep the color of the red shirt visible. Then I added a light vignette, and added film grain for texture.
Not professional by any means, but fun :)
And there you have it! Go link up your pictures at www.pixelperfect.com :)