I started posting in Cambridge and Colour and made a comment on one of the posts. Majority of the comments were not receptive to the muted colors (see her photo below) but I thought it was cool. In fact, I sensed that the photographer hesitated in going mute all the way so I suggested that it needed to be more muted. [Actually I had meant to say, "more cowbells." Don't know why I said otherwise.] One of the rubrics I follow is if you're going to do something different, make sure it is different all the way. Hence, I was challenged to provide my own rendition of the image. A rather bold challenge - considering that I am partially colored blind. I blame me and my big mouth for getting into this pickle. The above is a "quick and dirty" version of what would have been my vision.
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 Will cropping help?
I'm a big fan of the rule of thirds. It seems that the original image already is framed this way. However, I felt that there are some areas in the picture that does not provide essential information that may add or enhance it. I went for a more intimate look by cropping the image. I'm still following the rule of thirds here - albeit not as strict as some may adhere to.
 Where is the light coming from?
It helps to know where light is coming from to make the processing look natural. I see that the light is coming from the right upper corner. This gives me a starting point on where I could dodge and burn.
 What tools do I use given the answers in question  and .
A lot of the heavy lifting was done in Photoshop CC6 using Viveza Nik Sofware as shown below:
The rests were selectively desaturating the reds, slight desaturation on the master, applying a yellow photo filter using the layers provided by CC6. I also used Nik software Color Efex 4 for further lens vignette (which I may have been heavy handed - but that's me...) and some vignette blur to my taste.
The whole process is "quick and dirty". I'm glad I'm not getting paid to process this image. Otherwise I would have spend more time fine tuning it. Besides, it was done at 3 in the morning because I could no longer go back to sleep.
Hope this helps.