I Freakin Love the Z7 B&W!
Up until this last weekend, my B&W was done in post, not in the camera. That has all changed! Shootin the Z7 / Z24-70 at the Vintage Flying Museum, there was moody light leaking into the hangar highlighting this and that. The light and subject matter screamed B&W and I took it as the perfect opportunity to try the Monochrome, better thought of as B&W feature of the Z7. What you are seeing here are the B&W straight out of the Z7 (Nef – Capture NX-D – Tiff). There is no digital darkroom work on these files!
In the Monochrome Picture Control setting, I have taken Contrast to +5, Clarity to +5 and Filter to R (Red) and then I underexposed the whole scene -1 stops. Other than that, I didn’t do a thing other than play the light on the subject to bring out the drama and mood that is B&W. If you follow my blog, you know I have adopted many different methods to get to B&W over the decades. This is the first that for me, right out of the camera just performed beautifully. How do they print? Luscious! And the one thing I really appreciated is the Z7 displays all this B&W beauty on the LCD pretty darn accurately and richly as the final image on the computer. So now my favorite way of creating B&W will be in camera, in the Z7!