Stephanie, I really like this one. I am enjoying both edits. The first is a bit on the orange side, but I like it. It gives it a... Whimsical/dreamy feel that I'm digging. The conversion is good too. I'm not sure if/how it could be done, but I would like to see just a little more definition along his hair& left side of face. It almost blends a bit too much. Such clear bright skin tones... I envy being able to achieve that in a conversion. One day I might be able to get there.
First off, I am so jealous you can get him to pose like these!
There's something in the first one I don't care for. I can't quite figure it out. It seems a little bright and there's color cast on his cheek from the wall. In your SOOC it's more of a shadow and then in your edit it makes it really orange. So, I think with a few tweaks it would be good. I really like your conversion though! You got great light in his eyes!!
One comment, since I've been reading up, is that you have the opposite of leading lines. The ridges in the structure he is leaning against that go up/down detract a little from your subject.
I knew something felt a little "off" about the leading lines!! Thanks!
When I warmed it up, it must have really brought out the orange. I think I may try to get rid of the cast in the shadow and see what that does to it. Does the rest of his skin look ok? I may try to do a little burning of the background to see if that gives more definition to his face.
My favorite edit is the b&w, but I am a huge fan of b&w and tend to lean in that direction anyway (so take that w/ a grain of salt).
With that said, I actually really like your color edit. I don't mind the warm orange glow as that really sets the mood for the photo (imho). I think cooler tones would really detract from it (again, imho).
I think I actually prefer the colored version of this one. I don't mind the orange.. I think it contributes a certain mood/feel to the photo, and I like it. The B&W, I like, but the one side of his face feels a bit bright to me.