I just discovered Topaz Adjust (a plugin for Photoshop) and decided to learn my way around it using some pics from my old folders – plugins are fun and as I found out – make things so much easier!!

I had always liked this shot but felt it was a bit soft around the edges and so didn’t match his expression.
It still is quite soft and will remain a moment missed – but I do quite like it enough now to post it here.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 80-200 AF-D f/2.8
f/2.8 at 1/350 secs and 200mm
ISO 100, spot metered
Topaz Adjust and then into CS3 for B&W conversion.


  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 5 years ago

    This is stunning Vikram…..WOW!!!!

  • Thank you so very much … yeah the expression seen close up does grab one doesn’t it?

    – Vikram Franklin

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 5 years ago

    Woooo wheeee Vikram this is fantastic !! You are such a wonderful photographer

  • Thank you so much my friend you are way too kind. I got the moment, but not quite the exposure that was needed at the time.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Sandy Sutton
    Sandy Suttonalmost 5 years ago

    So powerful! Well done Vikram. (nope no words missing :)

  • Cheers Sandy – yes, that’s what drew me back to this pic. That expression!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 5 years ago

    awesome! great lighting.

  • Thank you so much Lisa!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work and processing Vikram.

  • Thank you so much Monika!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Lenka
    Lenkaalmost 5 years ago

    Now if you look well, your picture is the same as his expression: soft and hard at the same time!

  • Thank you so much my friend.
    I see determination, quiet anger and (sadly) hunger. I am hoping it is a hunger to succeed and not physical want for food.
    I do see a little softness in his eyes, but with his mouth set the way it is, it seems very, very distant.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work Vikram! I love what topaz adjust can bring out of a shot!

  • Hey – not that much actually!! I had to draw out some detail from the shadow side of his face as well as Topaz has this High-pass filter kinda thing which makes everything look like it was shot on ISO 1600 film … would have taken ages on PS to emulate.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • eelsblueEllen
    eelsblueEllenalmost 5 years ago

    well done!! great detail and emotion

  • Thank you so much my friend – really pleased you like it.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Cat2be
    Cat2bealmost 5 years ago

  • Yay!!!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • 8stealydans
    8stealydansalmost 5 years ago

    What a Capture!…I can’t look away. I am comforted an secured in his expression. For me, his Look screams…‘Life is too Fair, Its hard on Everyone…now do more than just Survive it’. Thank You Very Much for Sharing this Wonderful piece!!

  • Love your positive translation of this … think I prefer it to mine :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

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