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THIS IS A FANTASTIC SHOT!!!!!!! One of my favorites (probably my top two) from your amazing portfolio! The skin texture is amazing!!!! High-pass filter?! Care sharing some of your secrets?
Some secrets... Lets see, the skin texture was due to two Nik plugins. First, in Color Efex Pro, I added tonal contrast. Then, I went into Silver Efex Pro 2. I've used SEP2 before, and never really had any results I liked, until now. I think I'm finally starting to understand it. But the texture is due to a slider called "Structure." It looks like a high-pass filter to me, but behaves much better. That is pretty much when I fell in love with this shot.
There are a lot of selective adjustments on various parts of the face with curves, hue/saturation (I initially wanted this to be in color but saw how much more emotion b&w conveyed.) and I used a technique called "Frequency Separation" to clean up any blemishes and remove unwanted stray hairs.
Finally, there is a bit of sharpening added on top of everything. I used a high-pass layer with a radius around 2px, set to linear light at about 40% opacity to do that.
I know you don't really use PS, but I'm sure you can do similar things with Capture NX.
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