When I saw this shot of Princeville Pier, I didn’t see it in color.
I took it in color, but I didn’t see it in color.
Not that there was much color in it. They say you’re not supposed to shoot into the sun for a reason…
I saw a some stories at Princeville Pier that could be told in shadow.
I saw a man pondering the rough surf in the harbor.
I saw two children. Little boys testing mommy’s mettle.
One brave and adventurous – that’s the one on the left that wanted to help the small rocks get back into the water. He’s deep in his follow-through after one such effort.
One has his bucket and shovel, but slightly more timid. He wanted to play in the sand, but was not so sure that the cold water was worth it…
I’m not so sure that males ever grow out of testing females, how we do it and who we test just changes throughout lift. But I digress…
Stories. In silhouette. In black and white. At Princeville Pier.
I saw this as being a black and white, with the people silhouetted against the water.
I was shooting dead into the sun, and I knew I wasn’t going to get any detail of the people in the foreground, but I knew (hoped) that the shot would work in black and white.
So… off to the digital darkroom I went.
The color raw file was opened in Perfect B&W within Perfect Photo Suite 9.5.
I darkened it a bit to bring out the detail in the sand in the foreground, and also to emphasize the silhouettes.
I wanted it to be a bit gritty, especially the tree and hill detail across the harbor, so I selected a film profile that mimic’s Kodak’s legendary Tri-X Pan film.
I adjusted the shadow detail to bring out the detail in the columns supporting the pier.
And here’s the finished product.
You can find this image in the coastal and beach scenes gallery on Laughing Frog Images.
The original image was made using a Tamron 18-270mm zoom on a Nikon D5100. Exposure was 1/2500 second at f13, ISO 1000.