Originally Posted by ANSORB
Why does it look softer?
Well one reason, because it was uploaded at slightly over 700px on longest edge, it will be scaled to fit in the forum and this makes it softer, as shown above. If you click the image in the thread, it should open in a Lytebox at the now 1:1 size of 617 x 768px, but it'll only do that if your browser (and screen) have enough vertical pixels available (F11 to make browser go full screen for more chance of success)
Looking at it, I think you have been fairly succesful in your aims, but looking critically, that I can still see noise makes me wonder ...
was it shot RAW?
did you denoise before ANY sharpening?
is it a significant crop from the full frame captured?
did you sharpen after the downsize for web?
It might stand a little less saturation where you have brought up the shadow side of the face - the sunlit side is fine.
Also, with noisy pictures, I wouldn't sharpen much at all until after the downsize for web display, because that helps by not sharpening any residual noise (e.g. the shadow side edge of his chin).
Also (2), do yourself a favour; download the trial of Neat Image, it is much better at noise removal than ACR, especially if it isn't the latest ACR (6.x). Here's how to use Neat Image.
I don't think L glass will help much here, you can do better with what you have.
If that is sunlight your 'man in the street' is lit by, why did you need iso1600?
Was there a polarizer, or ND filter, on the camera?
Hope that helps,