Pool Boy

Glad to be posting a new image after a busy summer.

For this image of a fresh-out-of-the-pool 4 year old boy, I wasn’t aiming for anything special except an expression that I’d be happy with.  He is an active boy and catching him in a non-action pose took some time and patience.  At 4, I’ve found that boys are very eager to please, so I asked him to wait while I focused my camera, but secretly I was waiting for his face to go into repose so that I could show his facial features off better, without the effects of smiling or other facial tension.  Personally, I am impressed with his Fonzie-like hairdo, which came about after he exited the pool water.

Tech Info:

Handheld Nikon D3, 24-70mm 2.8 zoom set at 70mm and f2.8, at 1/640th sec., ISO200, B/W mode JPG.  If I could shoot this image again, I would use an 85mm lens at f2.0, in order to blur out the background and surroundings more — 70mm is not a length I like too much, but the zoom is what I had on my camera for action-type shots earlier in the session.  Lighting consisted of clouds in front of sun, with the sun situated behind the boy so that I would always achieve backlighting whether the sun was out or not.

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–Eddie.

12 thoughts on “Pool Boy

  1. Diego

    Eddie, I like this image a lot, the little boy has a James Dean look that makes it cool. I think the pose really works well, it is strong, yet not aggressive. His arms and hands flow very naturally. The expression is serene, which as you say showcases The boy’s beautiful face. Lighting is soft and wraps nicely. Regarding BG blur, yeah, it could have been better, but it is not distracting. The B/W conversion is also nice. Great job!

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  2. eddie Post author

    Hi Diego!

    Thanks very much for your positive thoughts on this image. He does have a James Dean look to him, doesn’t he? I like all of the points you made about the image, so it seems you understand what I was going for. By the way, I prefer not to do B/W conversions, so this image like all of my others, uses the camera’s built-in B/W mode, the tone of which I don’t alter in post processing.

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    –Eddie.

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  3. justagal

    love this image very much… the feel it gives is for sure all it his look…
    I am wondering Eddie if this boy is related to you?… Very Nice Work!

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  4. ally

    love this, eddie ~ pure kid. and i completely agree on the james dean thing. you always show such a real connection with your subject ~ something that seems to be missing in a lot of contemporary photography. this is a classic and your patience paid off ~ what an amazing expression!

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  5. Bianca

    Great capture! But to me he looks like someone else….the very first time I saw this image I immediatly thought this must be the child of character “shooter Mcgavin” from Happy Gilmore!

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  6. dhana

    great shot! i’m glad you gave an explanation for the pose…because before i clicked on the image…i was thinking “how on earth did he get the kid to put his arms on his hips with that expression?” i have a 3 1/2 year old and although he is starting to pose for me….i doubt i would have gotten such a relaxed expression unless i was talking to him and he forgot about his pose…lol. this will be a wonderful comparison shot of boy/man when he graduates high school. love this!!!

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  7. Paula

    Very nice image Eddie. I think the boy looks like a little Al Gore!

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  8. eddie Post author

    Thanks everyone! I appreciate your comments very much!

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    –Eddie.

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  9. Karen

    Lovely photo – neat blend of maturity and childlike summer moment. A question – did you do everything — aperture, shutter speed, focus — in manual mode?

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  10. Robin

    What I love about this image is the total confidence coming from the child. There such good communication. It’s like you get a glimpse into his future–makes me think of a successful executive or financier. Nice job on catching him like that because the hairdoo goes perfectly with the posture/stance!

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  11. Karie

    I love that you shared your tip for having him relax and not smile….it is so hard sometimes to have them be still….

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