Finally put the Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D to use … I’d got it hoping to use it for candid portraiture (not something it’s weight makes it very conducive to!!).
Here’s the first try with it.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D at 200mm
f/2.8 at 1/350 secs

Had to read up in the significance of the white ash on his forehead

Bhasma (The word for the white ash)
Hindu worship is an integration of rites and rituals each having a symbolic significance. The smearing of Bhasma is one of the important aspects that go with the worshipers of Lord Shiva. It is usually applied on the forehead. Some others like the ascetics have it smeared all over their body.

The word ‘ash’ cannot be taken in its literal sense that any form of ash can be used for the purpose. Bhasma is the ash from the Homa (sacrificial fire) where in a variety of special woods along with ghee (clarified butter) and other herbs are offered to the Lord in the Homa pit.

The ‘Bhasma’ would mean “that by which our sins are destroyed and the Lord is remembered.” ‘Bha’ would mean ‘bhartsanam’ (“to destroy”) and ‘sma’ would mean ‘smaranam’ (to remember). Hence a special significance goes into the application of Bhasma which would mean the destruction of evil and cherished remembrance of the Lord.


  • Gary Murison
    Gary Murisonabout 5 years ago

    This is stunning work Vikram. Ahhh, the good old 80-200mm – Don’t you just love this lens? :)

  • Thanks so much Gary – REALLY appreciate the fav too!!
    I’ve only just got this lens and am still getting used to it – this was my first outing with it – but judging from the results I’ve got from it …. it’s the start of a long friendship!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent protrait. Wonderful capture with details.

  • Thank you so much!! The detail is all the lenses work!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsabout 5 years ago

    Great portrait and wonderful light.

  • Thanks so much Erika! The morning light really made him glow!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    WOW… Amazing shot my friend! An instant fave!

  • Thank you so, so much my friend!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • eelsblueEllen
    eelsblueEllenabout 5 years ago

    Super portrait Vikram, great personality and clarity… thanks for the information too! So interesting. :)

  • Thank you so much!!
    I have to admit that the information was as much a learning for me!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic portrait Vikram! I love the lighting, wonderful colors and the crisp details. I really enjoyed reading your description too! Well done!

  • Thank you so much Lisa!
    As I said above – I had to do a bit of research to find out more about Bhasma and its significance.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 5 years ago

    Very nice work…and yes I can see the lens is very clean and clear! How close can you get re a focus with this lens and what is the lowest aperture? I’m thinking of getting this lens.


  • Thanks so much Debra!
    Yep – amazingly sharp. I think the minimum focus distance is about 6 ft and it goes from f/2.8 till a minimum of f/22.
    You’ll love this lens – just be warned that it is HEAVY. Around my neck, I walked supporting the lens with one hand at all times.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 5 years ago

    This is fantastic Vikram! You must be so very pleased with your new toy! Wonderful portrait and I enjoyed reading the info as well :)

  • Thanks Shelly – so happy I got the thumbs up from you on a portrait!!
    Well, I was searching for something sharp .. and while the 105 Micro is as sharp as it gets, it didn’t really lend itself to candid portraiture which is what I wanted to do. I got a good deal on this one and jumped at it …

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Kim Woods
    Kim Woodsabout 5 years ago

    Once again marvellous work Vikram – love your accompanying literature as well. Its more than just a great photo….well done xx

  • Thanks so much Kim! REALLY pleased you like it!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Larissa Brea
    Larissa Breaabout 5 years ago

    Amazing portrait!!!!!! The lighting is perfect!

  • Thank you so much Larissa!! Morning light always gives that wonderful glow.

    – Vikram Franklin

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