I took a picture of this young boy in the Turkman Gate area of Delhi.
Some of you may know that I shoot in digital, and often convert my photos into black and white. There are times when I still do shoot in film, and when I do so, I shoot only in black and white. I love film, but it can get expensive. So, until I can afford to set up my own studio, I shall be restricted in my film shooting.
Anyway, this is not about me and my studio. Look at the three pictures above. They are, I repeat, a photo in different versions, of a young boy in the Turkman Gate of Delhi.
Whenever I shoot people, be it in the studio, or on the street, my intent is always to be able to capture something of their personality. The look in the eye, the turn of the head, the way the lips curve in a smile or a frown, all go into shooting a person.
What I dislike, is when a person gets a passport shot taken, and then uses this as a profile shot, because they think a cheap shot expresses who they are.
I have done no processing of the above colour version of the picture. I was horsing around with the young kid, when he challenged me to take his photo. There is a bit of mischief in his eyes, which comes through in the colour version.
There is a bit of that, in the monochrome version on the extreme right, but it still does not express his character fully. However, the one in the centre is a bit of a horror version of the kid, and does him an injustice.
Colour is about shades of colour, whereas B&W is about shades of black, white and grey. The way you approach a B&W shot is very different from the way that you approach a colour shot.
Sometimes, there is a bit of reverse snobbishness, in that people sometimes assume that a black and white shot is better than a colour one. Not true.
B&W can, at times, fail completely, as you can see in the centre version.
I have no idea about how to insert a poll into WP, but here is my question – which version do you like?
As an aside – I have scheduled this post, and if I do wake up on time on the 17th, I shall be off photographing in Vrindavan…