Disclaimer: I can't say what CS4 will look like in comparison to my 6.0 but.. hey.. you get the idea! Don't laugh at me.. even if you want to. Ok, go ahead.
Without further ado...
Open the image you'd like to work with
Then, open my action and hit play :) What goes on behind the scenes is basic. It's 3 layers.. a gray scale gradient map, a color balance layer with the color levels at +11, 0, -5 (to make it slightly sepia toned), and then a selective color layer which is where you end up at the photo below. When this pops up, just hit OK
first, i must say.. you don't have to do ANY of the following steps if you like what the image looks like. I have already played with the blacks, whites and neutrals for you but, like i said.. you have the ability to play around. On many images I find it's perfect.. on others, i have to tweak things a bit. So, here is how you do that.
you should select BLACKS and ONLY move the black slider. Play around.. each image is different so, on some you'll want to go darker, on others you'll want to lighten up. I chose +6 for this image.
then, select NEUTRALS and once again, only move the BLACK slider. For this image, I selected -4.
Then, last.. you'll want to select WHITES and move only the BLACK slider. For this image, I selected -4.
Then.. wa-la! You are done. Just flatten your layers and, this is the final result:
Ok! There ya go! Have fun! Enjoy the share!