Which would you choose? Color or monochrome?

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Which would you choose? Color or monochrome?
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Actor and Director Michael Cole is an extraordinarily talented and intelligent guy. Working with him is inspiring.
Starting with the grittiness of the setting, I knew I wanted to do something dramatic and suggested he act the part of a CIA supervisor standing in the background during the debriefing of a suspected double-agent. Michael got the idea immediately and created the character. With a great talent like Michael, all you have to do is suggest and let them take it from there.

Tech stuff: I lit Michael with a single Light and Motion StellaPro Reflex S in digital burst mode, set to 1/4 power, using the "Spot" lens with a bounce card underneath the lens to keep the the shadows on his face from going completely black. The light was pointed down and slightly foward of Michael so I really was just using the edge of the beam pattern to light him. .

The Camera: Nikon Z 7II with a Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens. ISO 31, f/3.2 @ 1/1000th, 14-bit lossly compressed NEF format, at 10fps. The raw files were processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

I chose to shoot with the aperture wide open (f/3.2 at the working distance) for the shallow depth of field effect.

Many profound thanks to my friend and fellow photographer and Zeiss Ambassador @tracybosworthpage.

Tracy introduced me to Michael and the two of us played while she was working on a headshot with another actor.

Lighting: A single Light & Motion StellaPro Reflex S in Digital Burst mode. Camera and lens: Nikon Z7 II with Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S. Processing tool: Adobe Lightroom Classic

Lighting: A single Light & Motion StellaPro Reflex S in Digital Burst mode. Camera and lens: Nikon Z7 II with Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S. Processing tool: Adobe Lightroom Classic

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Ellis Vener
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Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S Nikon Z7 II
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