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I was struck by his eyes – they seemed so berefit of hope. Almost lifeless. All this while he was laughing and joking with his companion and asking me to take a pic of him.
View this large to see what I had seen.

Nikon D80
18-135mm @135
f/5.6; 1/13 sec
ISO 100

Another frame I’d taken in colour:


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  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 5 years ago

    Your right Vikram, the eyes lack life whenyou view larger. The emotion of the image is strong and the quality excellent

  • Thanks Nic – didn’t know what to do or say. He sounded happy, was joking – but just ‘dead’ eyes. Stopped shooting after I zoomed in to check focus on the back of the camera and saw that.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Jeremy1
    Jeremy1over 5 years ago

    This is a really great B&W capture Vikram.
    Nice lighting,contrast and composition.
    Well done.

  • Thanks Jeremy. Wasn’t sure if the contrast was a bit low here and if the area behind his head got too washed out. Chose this to keep the texture in his hair and beard.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    OH Vikram…..what you have captured here is incredibly poignant. This poor soul….hard to stop staring at him….he holds you in his gaze.
    Love the B&W ….the various textures happening here….the background, the blanket and even his hair and moustache and beard…. all make an extremely interesting shot.

  • Thank you Wendi – so glad you saw exactly what I tried to capture.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Francesca Rizzo
    Francesca Rizzoover 5 years ago

    you’re abs right, viewed large is great – i love it – fantastic capture – lots of emotion – and it’s like he’s glowing – is that an effect you’ve used or the light

  • Thanks Francesca – the glow is eggagerated on the smaller size, it’s not that apparent on a large size – not sure why. I add a little vignette either post or during exposure (via stacking filters)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Charlie08
    Charlie08over 5 years ago

    My goodness what a capture. He obviously has had a very hard life, it shows in his eyes and it seems his nose is broken in a couple of places.. So sad but an excellent capture on your part!

  • Thanks Charlotte – yes, seems to show every bump in his life on his face. Glad you liked the capture.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • klika100
    klika100over 5 years ago

    WONDERFUL image….

  • Thank you Russel – glad you liked what you saw. Thanks for dropping by.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 5 years ago

    instant fav, i think your perception is accurate, and its an incredible beautiful image

  • Thank you so much Judith!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 5 years ago

    viewed large and you are right, his eyes have no emotion at all, outstanding work as is all of your gallery.

  • Thank you so much Ingrid. Not sure what he’s been through in life – but it couldn’t have been an easy one.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This is what you are SO good at Vikram…..capturing the true soul of an individual. I always find your people work extremely moving. I envy your ability to capture these moments in time in such a raw form. This is yet another image of yours that has made me really look, and think and FEEL.

  • Thanks Shelly. You comments and support always give me so much encouragement. This particular comment made my day!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Rverstee
    Rversteeover 5 years ago

    Beautifull portrait…….so get closer next time……great face and mimics

  • Thanks Robert – yes, should have got in real close – this was at the max zoom on my lens, should have changed lenses (wasn’t possible to move closer physically).

    – Vikram Franklin

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