My Buddy Icon was well overdue for a change. I chose this image of myself, taken by my fiancée back in 2009. I have more recently, played around with it a bit with some selective colour and flairs etc.
So all the credit to Sparkle (sparkle978 on Flickr) I would say that the original picture is great in it’s own right.
Feel free to visit her profile: www.flickr.com/photos/40837390@N05/