Gallery: Seeing the world in black and white
The world as we see it is full of colour. So it may seem counter-intuitive to take black and white photos, but by draining an image of colour you can draw attention to its other qualities. Texture, contrasting tones, patterns and shapes can all be more apparent in a monochrome shot.
I have already used my featured photo elsewhere in this blog, in its original colour version, and it’s one of my favourites. But I love this this edit too. It emphasises the textures of the man’s face rather than the colours of skin and turban, giving more focus to his character and perhaps less to his surroundings.
Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.Elliott Erwitt, French/American photographer
My very first photos were of necessity in black and white but as soon as I got my first 35mm camera and switched to slide film, I started to capture the world in colour. It is only in recent years, with the advent of digital photography, that I have started to experiment with black and white again, for selective shots.
Here, in response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, are some of my recent favourites. A few were taken using the black and white setting on my camera, but most were produced from a full colour original by editing in Photoshop Elements. My favourite tool for this is the Nik Collection plug-in Silver Efex Pro. If you haven’t tried that do check it out as it’s incredibly versatile. There are 38 pre-sets ranging from a standard transformation through high or low key to sepia and effects such as ‘film noire’, silhouette and ‘fine art’. And all of them can be tweaked and customised.
Sarah, I don’t think I add much more than to say it’s certainly a splendid display of B & W images. B & W photography is a favourite of mine.
Thank you Suzanne, I’m very happy you enjoyed seeing these 🙂
That’s so true … one’s eyes suddenly are drawn to other detail now that it’s black and white. I still love your first photo – so much character in that man’s face.
And the photo of the bride is really beautiful – stunning photo’s Sarah 🌸
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your compliments on the the photos 🙂
Denyse Whelan Blogs
Blown away by your black and white images! The elephant..oh my. I really must pay more attention to textures, shapes and details. Thank you for sharing. Denyse
Thank you Denyse 🙂 I originally took that elephant photo in colour but when I saw the texture of his skin I knew it would work even better in B&W! I’m so pleased you like the photos 😀
Sarah, I’m at a loss to pick a favorite out of all of these photos. What a beautiful collection. The wedding photo might be my favorite, but I’m not sure! 🙂
Thank so much Marsha, I’m really pleased you liked the photos 😀
They are no only exotic, but well executed. So again, well done, Sarah.
Absolutely, Sarah. Stunning portrait and wonderful in monochrome with the great light and variety of tones.
Thank you Jane, I really appreciate your comment and feedback 🙂
Sarah, first up I love your featured shot, what a great portrait! Your other shots are very clever too and your words explain perfectly what black and white photography is all about! Great post for #sundaystills
Thanks so much Debbie, I’m really glad you liked this 🙂
Great selection Sarah. Surprising for me, the most eye catching was the Gateshead photo. Normally I’d be drawn to people shots but the lines in the building and contrasting but flat texture of the glass is something.
Thank you Sandy 🙂 The Sage is a very striking building. I have quite a few shots of it in both colour and B&W – it seems to work equally well in either 🙂
They seem to have a personality of their own, these shots, Sarah. I love so many of them 🙂 🙂
I’m so glad you like them Jo, thank you 😀
Yes, wonderful textures and ‘presence’.
Thank you very much Margaret 😊
Sarah, I love your selections for Terri’s BW challenge. You obviously have an eye for detail and the ability to capture what you see.
Thank you Suzanne, I appreciate the compliment ☺
Terri Webster Schrandt
Such a wonderful collection of B&Ws, Sarah. The people in your gallery look splendid in this fashion, for sure. Even the animals where you can see so much texture! Your talent for black and white really shows!
Thank you so much Terri 😀 If I have a talent it is perhaps for knowing which photos will look good in B&W, probably because I enjoying visiting galleries to see the work of the real experts!
Yes we agree, black and white photos are so atmospheric too
Thank you, glad you liked them 🙂