I Call This One … Shark Bait!
A few weeks past, we spent the day at the brilliant Monterey Bay Aquarium. While we were geeking out shooting B&W of this boat display in killer light, Sharon took a moment to rest her feet and look at what’s coming up. You all know how I love to photograph her so I turned to take advantage of her looking down to read to arrange the elements in the viewfinder and then when she looked up … got ‘er! I was shooting in B&W with the Z6 / Z24-70f2.8 and when I looked at the photo, I instantly thought, “shark bait” (but I would never throw her to the sharks). At the same time when I looked at the scene with just my eyes, I knew that a color image would not have had the same impact nor say, “shark bait.” Here’s why.
Shooting B&W with the Z is so simple cause the photo comes out of the camera, done! But I wanted “shark bait” to really come out as the story of Sharon sitting there so I knew I would do a tad of post-processing. The Nef came out of the Z6 (Z24-70f2.8 lens) and went into ACR, there I went to Black & White Mix and grabbed the blue slider and pulled it left. That darken the wall painting behind Sharon and the shark so they visually popped. If you look at the color image vs. the B&W, you can see quickly how just going to B&W really makes the story come to life. And that’s what it’s all about, the story, even if it’s your wife becoming shark bait.