Personally, I would prefer a vertical frame 4:3 with a very tight crop so that the subject covers a very great proportion of the whole frame (crop the left, right and some of the head room above) because the viewer's attention will be focused on the kid and there is nothing interesting on the wall or on the floor. ......... unless the message you want to convey is "Isolation".
Hi, just wanna share a little i know about B/W photo and developing. Usually in the dark room for under exposed shots we would use the IR filters to intensify the contrast. I kinda felt that this picture taken by you is a tad bit lacking in that. I'm not sure if you're shooting digital. But i think it'll be good to try to increase the contrast a little for your boy and lighten the background. This will in turn bring your subject away from the background. Another way of making your pictures more "eye catching" IMO. you could try to put a border around it. Maybe sth like the example below. Hope you don't mind. If you do, please pm me, and i'll remove it. Cheers
Just my 2 rupees worth
i really liked the first shot if u cropped off the left hand side a bit. it gave the photo a bit more "space". i personally like "space" alot. gives a picture more environment to it. however, the tightly cropped shot shows more of your son's face and features. so both are cool for me
I also like the space in the first picture but I feel a slight nudge to the left and slightly to the top will work better composition wise. Right now the small space on the right felt like an unecessary void. Also it is the perfect composition for Windows wallpaper with all the icons on the left
Second that. Some how in an odd way, the space, the expression, the composition and the lack of contrast gave the image a kind of character which the vertical/contrasty/tightly cropped ones seem to lack (my personal preference only, not meant to be generally reflective). Although the extreme left has distractions that can be removed.
IMO since your boy is resting on his right hand I'd frame it with him on the left side of the frame instead.... the right resting hand gives a sense of "support" from the right side and its like having a "wall" to lean-on on the left side of the frame..... :think:
i like the first shot better than the tight crop. i would prefer to crop it slightly and place your son's eyes at the upper right third of the pic while keeping the space on the left, also to increase the contrast and to add in a wide white border to accentuate the feeling of space.