A second shot from the time I shot Wistful. Someone asked me what it would look like in colour and I felt it’d be nicer to put a different version of it up.

That’s my wife goofing around with a bit of a sari that she wrapped around her head (I think she was laughing at me in this pic).

I’ve toned the pic in CS3.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 50 f/1.8
1/30; f/1.8 ISO 160
Lighting – natural light through a window.


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  • Clare Forder
    Clare Forderabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Vikram – the tones and light are amazing. I love that your wife is staring directly at you in this – you can sense her smile :)

  • Thank you so much Clare. This one she approved of :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • heznel
    heznelabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous image with lots of warmth … one can see in her eyes that she was indeed laughing at you – ha haaa.

  • Thank you Heather. I’d initially wanted to tone this blue. But it felt too cold (for this subject especially!!). Then chose brown to emphasise the warmth.
    A few seconds after this shot she was guffawing away at me!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    Her eyes are definitely smiling! :-) Beautiful!

  • Thank you George! You had helped me with some great CC on the first one (B&W) – anything here?

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    No, leave it alone! :-)

  • Yessir!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Biren Brahmbhatt
    Biren Brahmbhattabout 5 years ago

    Awesome piece of work here… SUperb Eyes… I was just lost in them… lovely…

  • Thank you so much! For the comment and the fav!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Deirdreb
    Deirdrebabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous with beautiful tones.

  • Thank you so much Deirdre!!
    I did help the tones a bit here.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Vittorio Magaletti
    Vittorio Magal...about 5 years ago

    beautiful portrait… well focused on eyes! well done!

  • Cheers Vittorio!! Windows to the soul …. :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Shot Vikram!
    (The model did all the work)…

  • :-( – I’ll have to agree with you on that!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlabout 5 years ago

    Love the tones! And the pattern on the sari. And the entire photo!

  • Thank you so much Monika! Really glad that you like the tones!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • vagabondimages
    vagabondimagesabout 5 years ago

    Wow Vikram this is so beautiful!! Your wife has the most gorgeous eyes. I love the mystery and treatment of this image.. such wonderful mood, lighting and tones… congrats mate you have done your love proud :))

  • That is the warmest compliment ever – sincerely it is. You’re right about her eyes – that’s why this shoot worked so well – just showed her eyes.
    I’m glad you feel I’ve done her proud – I try :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

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