This is the Sydney Opera House, with a twist. This photo harks back to the days, when I would travel the world with gay abandon. No more.
This photo harks back to the days, when I would shoot all digital photos in Jpeg, exclusively. Now, I shoot in RAW+Jpeg
In this case, I duplicated the background layer, and converted it to a smart filter. I then used Colour Efex Pro (Nik Software). I used two filters, including an angled ND filter. I then used the Nik Analog Filter, and used the filter for a metal plate process, and added a wee bit of corrosion.
I then added a wee bit of curves to increase the contrast further.
In this case, I felt noise reduction and sharpening were not required.