Hello little guy…

The other day while at my friendly neighborhood BDubs a regular of the restaurant brought in his little ones for dinner.  The youngest one walked right up to this server, who apparently is his favorite, and wanted to be picked up.  They high fived each other and a great conversation ensued between server and two year old.  He told me he was two but I seem to have lost my ability to understand the language of twos and had to be told his age by the adult.

Fortunately I just happened to have my camera with me at the time.  He didn’t know what to make of the camera so I couldn’t get a smile out of him but isn’t he a cutie?  It was dark in the restaurant and I didn’t have my flash with me which meant I had to open the lens to it’s widest aperture in order to get enough light.  That meant that the grain and noise in the image (even with noise reduction in editing) is super high.  I didn’t want to reduce the noise too much because that just made the image so dull and flat so the image is as it is.  I decided to process the image in b&w as I don’t often get to do that with humans especially to see how the grain would look in the image.

I’m not sure what it is but the b&w image is my favorite for some reason.  It just seems so classic to me; it draws me right into his little face without the “distraction” of the color.  What do you think?

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  1. #1 by PigLove on March 10, 2015 - 10:22 am

    I ❤ it! What a cutie pie he is! XOXO – Bacon

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on March 10, 2015 - 10:33 am

      Thank you..he’d probably love you too 🙂

      • #3 by PigLove on March 10, 2015 - 4:22 pm

        aawww piggy blushes. XOXO – Bacon

  2. #4 by Julia Manuel on March 10, 2015 - 10:28 am

    Yes I agree the B&W is gorgeous.

  3. #6 by infraredrobert on March 10, 2015 - 11:55 am

    I agree on the B&W in this case – not only does it have the classic feel of film candid portraiture, but the colors that you have to deal with in the mixed color temperature lighting at the restaurant distracts from the subject.

  4. #8 by milfordstreet on March 10, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    The color makes you focus on his brilliant hair and you get distracted from this wonderful face. With BW, you go right for the face. BW it is! Cheers

    • #9 by imagesbytdashfield on March 11, 2015 - 8:18 am

      Yep! BW is the winner for sure for all the reasons stated. Thanks 🙂

  5. #10 by marcus dilano on March 11, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    Yeah the little fella sure is cute. Nice job with the editing too. Anytime I have to shoot at 6,400 ISO or above, I tend to make those images black and white.. The color always just seems a bit off at those high ISO’s. For your image, I lean towards the b/w version.

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