Let me not delay this any further, but get started on this amazing gallery of photos, in black and white.  Congratulations to those photographers’ photos that were chosen.  It has been hard to pick them because of the quality that is on the internet now. 

Ai Ta Nin (Life in Black and White)
Photo by AI TA NIN……..  An incredible photographer from Thailand.  This photographer is a remarkable photographer specializing in black and white.  Joining several black and white photography clubs, and winning many awards in most of those photography clubs.  This photo won an award from: “People in the Streets”  group.  He has also won awards in Foto Arte Black and White, Life in Black and White, and other groups as well.  If you get involved in Black and White, you should know Ai Ta Nin.  Congratulations.



castelo Photography 2
Photo by Castelo Photography……..  One of my criteria in choosing a good black and white photo is:  does the photo look better in color or black and white?  I looked at this photo and fell in love with it in black and white.  I couldn’t even think of it in color.  Magnificent use of contrast, and slow shutter speeds, make this scenery shot an amazing waterfall photo.  Castelo photo has got a great eye for black and white photos and has established his own “LIKE” page on Facebook.  How could I pick just one of the many photos that he has?  It was hard.  I invite you to go to his website to see more.

Castelo Facebook Website:   https://www.facebook.com/Castelo-PhotograPhy-B-W-674372856066166/



Henry Nata
Photo by Henry Nata……  From Tangerang, Indonesia.   And what a beautiful photo, showing grace and beauty of dancers.  Ask a photographer how hard this is to take this kind of photo, and they will be, uhh, yeah, this is for the experienced photographer.  So nice to use the skill to create this kind of photo.  He has many wonderful photos as well.   Thank you Henry for sharing this photo with the world.




Jose Miguel Rodriguez Martinez - Foto Arte Black and White
Photo by Jose Miguel Rodriguez Martinez………    it may be that I love cloud photos, but, this is just an amazing photo, with the model standing on the rocks, and those clouds!  Those clouds have such an amazing contrast to them, it makes them look like she is in command, like she is an angel or something.  Congratulations Jose, in composing a very interesting photo.  Jose lives in Laguardia, Álava Spain, a beautiful part of the world, with lots of beautiful places to take photos.  He also works with a photographer:  Josemi Rodríguez, also in Spain.    



Nathan Mccreery - Black and white World
Photo by:  Nathan McCreery………   What a beautiful presentation to his photo.  This photo has several things I like about it.  I like how he captured the island in an upcoming storm.  The misty feeling always gives some kind of peaceful feeling.  Framed nicely with the storm being well displayed in the photo.   Nathan is a professional photographer who lives in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.  He captures scenery unlike most photographers.  His main page on Facebook states:  Finely Crafted Traditional Photographs With Emotional Impact And Intellectual Substance”.  This, is a photographer to get acquainted with.  See below for his link to his website:


OR:    http://www.nathanmccreeryphotography.com



Jim Tulip - Foto Arte Black and White
Photo by Jim Tulip………  Jim lives in Amphoe Pathum Thani, Pathum Thani, Thailand.  Thailand is full of interesting places and things to photograph, as well.  I was fascinated with this photo because it’s a great silhouette.  Puts a mystery into this photo.  What is happening out there in the sea?  Small boats all fishing, trying to make a living.  But, to capture that at sunset, making it a silhouette is a genius photographer.  I think this makes it so smart in black and white too.  Congratulations Jim.  This is amazing.  Although Jim lives in Thailand now, he is originally from Queenstown, Eastern Cape.  I would guess he is finding his life in Thailand to be very fascinating.   He is a fine photographer, and can be followed on Instagram under the name:  Jim Trollip.




Alphons Pollaris
Photo by Alphons Pollaris…………   I have mentioned in past presentations, that I don’t like to see too many photos of people done in black and white.  I think they would look better in color.  BUT…  there are some that just come out at you and say:  this one is amazingly perfect in black and white.  So many black and white portraits and kind of gray, lack contrast, exposure is not good on the skin tones.  But, Alphons knows how to do it.  When you look at this portrait, you can see everything in this is perfect.  The skin tones, for black and white is just nice.  The lighting is perfect.  I think I have fallen in love with this photographer.  I looked through several other photos he did of people and they are all this good.  Amazing people photographer.  He lives in Genk, Belgium.  And manages ARP Pictures Black and White.  He has made it his profession.   See his websites below for more information:





May Lise Blikeng - Foto Arte Black and White
Photo by:  May Lise Blikeng……….  Oh, the might Musk Ox.  This photo was found in the Group on Facebook:  Foto Arte Black and White.  This is one of the larger Black and White Groups on Facebook, and it’s a good quality group as well.  I know another photographer that we used in the previous ART OF BLACK AND WHITE -Vol 4, that took animal photos and somehow posted them on all white background, similar to this.  This just makes the animal stand out so strong.  I think this makes a bold statement about this animal.  It’s an animal that the world doesn’t see too much, and so in Black and White, makes it seem more bold, more of a fierce creature or something.  I think it’s an amazing photo.  May Lise has won several awards for her work in the group:  Foto Arte Black and White, and that’s because she works hard to present the subject as something so bold.  Congratulations May Lise.  May lives in Trondheim, Norway.  To see more of her great work, go to her website:




Nhat Giang - Creative Photography group
Photo by:  Nhat Giang………..  This photo was found in the photo group:  Creative Photography Group.  And the thing that is beautiful with this, is that you can do a solid black and white with this and it all comes out perfect.  The water reflections, the bird, everything about this photo is just perfect for a framed picture, which is what he is trying to show here as he presented this to the group.  Can you see this hanging on the wall in your home or office?  Yes, it is a showpiece for sure.  Nhat Giang lives in Sai Gon Viet Nam.  I admire Nhat, because he is from Viet Nam.  Not too many citizens are good photographers there.  And he is a good one.  Looking at some of the other photos he has taken he has got a good future ahead of him.  To see some more of his incredible work, and to even get acquainted with the beauty he is capturing in Viet Nam, go to his Facebook website:






Hornet Marcel-Alexandru - Foto Arte Black and White
Photo by Hornet Marcel-Alexandru………….   I have selected this photo for the reason of it’s photographic merit.  The wording on the photo is a bonus.  Photos that tell a story get extra points I think.  This could have been taken in color, and may have come out in black and white, I don’t know.  I love the darkness of the photo and how it is trying to create the mood.  Once the mood is set you can tell a story, or add a line of interest like Hornet did with this photo.  Brilliant is what this photo is.  I almost see a book cover, a movie, or something coming from this photo.  It is great.   Hornet Marcel-Alexandru lives in Bucharest, Romania.  And that is a country I would like to know more about.  He is a photographer at an Irish Pub, there in Romania.  I am sure he has a lot of friends who will be excited he won the lottery to make it into this presentation.   To see more of his photography, go to his Facebook page :

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Helmut Schadt - Black & White Critical Academy
Photo by Helmut Schadt……………  I usually try to find one photo of a person that is, what we call:  a “character portrait”.  Get a portrait of a person, an older person perhaps, and get close, to see the character in the face.  See the story in their face?  Some faces are very wrinkled, some are not so wrinkled.  This is a portrait of Jim Tachinamurthy in Penang, Malysia.  He seems like a very wise person, who everyone goes to for their comfort.  Maybe a spiritual person who has guided a lot of people. A very pleasant person as well.  This is what Black and white photos can do to people.  It just shows the character of people that color may not be able to do.  This is something to learn from.  Perhaps, Mr. Schadt could contact me back and tell me more about this person, and see if I am right.    Mr. Schadt is a Photographer who lives in Malmsheim, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany. To see more of his photos and other things he is involved in,  go to:





Salvatore Giurdanella
Photo by Salvatore Giurdanella……….  This is the type of black and white photo that most people really like:  just the simple trees, with a plain background.  I was surprised that in my searching how few of these kind of photos there are.  So Salvatore is really good at post production in making these kind of photos, because this is the kind of photos that people want.  Can you see this photo hanging on your wall?  Of course bigger, like 16X24 or something like that.  He has been a quality photographer for some time and has over 20,000 followers on his Facebook page.  I would like you to see more of his other photos.  I went and previewed some of his other photos and fell in love with them.  Please go to his Facebook website :





Jiten Bhagat - Life in Black and white
Photo by Jiten Bhagat……..  A photo similar to the one above, but showing a little more background and foreground.  But the experience is the same, only here you are standing on the road.  The perspective is different. Interesting  that most of these trees shown in these type of photos are dead, or it’s winter time when there are no leaves on the trees.  Certainly creates a bit more cold feeling, but a good thing to have hanging in your house in the summer, when it’s hot…. when you want to cool things down, by feeling.   Jiten is a good photographer and I invite you to check out his Facebook page :





Castelo Photography 1
Photo by Castelo Photography…….  Castelo Photography is very unique in that they have such a variety of black and white photography photos to choose from.  This particular photo goes into something into “still Photography”  almost.  That is the feeling I got when I saw this photo.  So tranquil, so peaceful, so nice to just view.  This is one of these you could see hanging on the wall as well.  You can tell this is just plants coming out of still water, and it is really nice.  To go see this incredible variety of black and white photos, go to their website at:





Ivo Ferigra
Photo by Ivo Ferigra………I always look forward to find this perfect photo.  A building, well lit, after a rain storm.  The reflection on the road, lights up the building in the rain.  It’s nighttime, so the sky in the background is black.  The contrast is almost just pure black and white, hardly any grey tones at all.  This is just a great photo.  It makes for a great true black and white photo.  This could make a mural shot.  It is one I can see as you enter in a train station or somewhere like that.  It is just a masterpiece photo done right.  Ivo Feriga  currently lives in Madrid, Spain.  A beautiful country with opportunities to see many beautiful things.  Ivo has won awards for some of his black and white work, and he deserves it. Looking through his photos, he takes great black and white photos.  Ivo should be among those photographers who is known for taking the great photos of our time.  To see more of his photos, go to his Facebook page:




Milap Madhikar - Street Level Photography group
Photo by :  Milap Madhikar…….. This photo was chosen because it is just clever, using shadows as the main subjects in this photo.  Milap’s photo was found in the group:  Street Level Photography.  Street photography is a group that I usually find a good source of photos, but, that has changed to include more color photos.  Black and White photos was the dominant type of photos in street photography, but not so much anymore.  And so to find a good clever photo in this group was more difficult.  This may or may not be the last year I will be able to find one there.  But, congratulations to Milap for being so clever in the use of shadows in his composition. Milap is from Valsad, India.  Now, there I would think Street photography would be very interesting.  That is a good place to take street photos.   Congratulations Milap for making the list this year in “The Art of Black and White”  best photographers.



ashkan Razavi
Photo by Ashkan Razavi…..   Now this is one of those masterpiece photos you come across just once in a great lifetime.  I was so glad that I found this photo.  It took some real work to get this photo.   He won an award for this photo in the group:  NOIR – The Best of the Club of Black and White Photography.  But, as I researched this out, it wasn’t easy to get this photo.  Most great photos are not easy to get.  Check this out:   “Mount Damavand is about 5610 meters .Its the highest mountain in Middle East,situated in Tehran/Iran .I took this image from Tochal peak 4000 meter height.”   He runs his own photography business there in Tehran.  I think his photography is something special.  Thanks for sharing that photo with us.



Todor Kuminov
Photo by:  Todor Kumenov…….  The best in low light photography.  What a beautiful photo.  Simply found a vendor selling product, looks like books, late at night, and the low light from the vendor is all that is lit up.  It’s a perfect shot we can all learn from.  Life on the street.  It just tells a story that is so calming.  I like this a lot, and it is perfect in black and white, because it is so late at night.  I believe it was close to 10pm.  Todor lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.  And it is great to see some photography that great coming from that country too.  Thanks for the photo Todor.





Marcus Kaercher Fotografie
Photo by Markus Kaercher Fotografie……………..  photo taken with a large format digital camera.  But you can see how smooth the water is?  Slow shutter speed will make the water all look soft and blurry to make it look so soft like that.  This is the sign of a great professional photographer.  He has done some remarkable work here and created a soft moody photo of rocks out in the sea.  Markus lives in Europe and has many websites so you can see many of his photos.  See below:




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Advantages DSLRs Have Over Smartphones, and Why They’ll Always Have Them

Will Smartphones ever be as good as a DSLR Camera?


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I love watching the annual press events of Apple, Google, Samsung and others where they show off their latest high-tech gadgets, including mobile phones. With each new iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy they seem to repeat a common refrain: “And the camera is the best one ever in a smartphone”.

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Are DSLRs fading away with modern advances in smartphone camera technology? Or are they primed and ready for an entirely new life?

Mobile phone cameras are mind-blowing marvels of modern technology. With some of the tech showcased in the recent Pixel 3 announcement, you might be wondering if traditional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are even relevant anymore.

The answer is more complicated than you might think.

Before you get too deep into this post, I want to make one thing abundantly clear. No-one can tell you which camera is best for you. If you have a 3-megapixel point-and-shoot that does what you want, then, by all means, keep using it and don’t let anyone stop you. Also, if your smartphone takes selfies and Instagram-worthy photos of your morning coffee, then keep snapping away.

In this article, I’ll be looking at some advantages traditional cameras have over smartphones. However, I won’t be telling you which one to buy, and I certainly won’t be telling you to stop using the camera you already have. Too often, the point is missed entirely when people get caught up in silly arguments on internet forums and message boards about whether such-and-such camera is better.

It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of different cameras, so you have enough information to choose one that best suits you and your needs. However, please don’t think I’m trying to tell you what you should or shouldn’t buy.


In almost every way I can think of, modern smartphones can take incredible images compared to those from just a few years ago. These days they have real-time HDR, depth mapping, background separation, multiple lenses, machine learning, portrait mode, selective bokeh adjustment, and even computer-assisted sub-pixel digital zooming. It’s enough to make even the most staunch DSLR owner feel a tad envious.

Still, don’t toss out your Canon or Pentax just yet. DSLRs and other traditional cameras have a treasure trove of advantages no current smartphone can match, and some features they may never be able to achieve.


Lens Selection

What’s the essential advantage of DSLRs over smartphones? I couldn’t tell you, but lens selection would undoubtedly be near the top of the list. Despite all the advances in smartphone photography in recent years, some laws of physics and photons are only overcome when switching lenses like a traditional camera. Most mobile phones have lenses roughly equivalent to a 28mm lens on a full-frame DSLR, although some dual-camera models roughly mimic a 50mm field of view to try and recreate professional-style portraits. Even though you can get adapters (such as the Olloclip) that let you do some creative experimentation, they rarely hold up to dedicated lenses mounted on interchangeable-lens cameras.

By comparison, DLSRs can use hundreds of different lenses, each designed for specific photography needs and situations. No matter what you need from a DSLR, there’s a lens that does it – from wide-angle primes and telephoto zooms to basic kit lenses, tilt-shift, and specialized macro lenses.

A photo like this, which requires a telephoto lens with a wide aperture, isn’t currently possible on any smartphone (and may never be)

The AI-powered tricks and computational somersaults modern cell phones are capable of can work wonders for different photographic situations. But when it comes to choosing the perfect lens for the job, smartphones simply can’t compete. If you want to shoot close-up images, far-away wildlife, fast-moving sports or pleasing group portraits, your mobile phone will probably come up short. Sure, you can’t install apps on most DSLRs. But you can change out lenses which, when it comes to photography, is infinitely more useful.

The portrait mode on mobile phones is amazing. But it doesn’t come close to what you can achieve with a portrait lens on a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Customizable Settings

While phones can produce amazing photographs in lots of different conditions, you’re fairly limited in terms of settings. You usually can’t change the aperture or focal length (and no, digital cropping is not the same as changing focal lengths). All you can really control are the ISO and shutter speed, and the native camera apps rarely even let you do that much.

When you press the button to take a picture on your phone, you’re letting the computer do most of the thinking it terms of white balance, shutter speed, ISO, and even which part of the image should be properly exposed.

One of the biggest selling points of DSLRs and other dedicated cameras is that (while they have auto modes that do much of the heavy lifting) they have manual modes that let you choose everything – aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and even the focal length if you’re using a zoom lens. Admittedly, not everyone wants that much control, and you can choose to shoot in auto or semi-auto if you want. But having such fine-grain control is a huge advantage over smartphones.

I could choose a slow shutter speed to get this shot on my Fuji X100F, whereas most mobile phones would have used a much faster shutter speed resulting in a vastly different image.

Smartphones and the software that powers them are so advanced and sophisticated that people are perfectly happy letting them make the decisions and do most of the heavy lifting. But if you want more control you won’t get it on a mobile phone. Even the dedicated camera apps run up against physical limitations such as focal lengths that can’t be changed.

There are times when the photo you want to take isn’t the photo your camera wants to take. In those situations, a dedicated camera will let you change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get the exact photo you want.

I shot this image at 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 100, and 1/4000 second, which is impossible for any mobile phone.


Low-Light Shooting

DSLRs will always have the advantage over mobile phones in low light due to the way camera sensors collect light. Larger sensors mean larger photosensitive sites, which means they can capture more information about incoming light when there isn’t a lot of it.

At Google’s recent Pixel 3 announcement they demonstrated a feature that vastly improves its low-light shooting. But it only works with still subjects. It also runs into the same limitations all mobile phones have such as fixed focal length and limited options for changing settings.

I took this deep under the earth in Mammoth Cave National Park, 23mm, f/2.0, 1/20 second, ISO 6400. While some phones could have taken a shot similar to this they would have needed much longer shutter speeds, which would make the people a blurry mess.

Try it for yourself to see what I mean. Even with the best night-mode options on the newest mobile phone, you’ll still struggle to get clear shots of moving subjects. It’s great if you only require pictures of static compositions such as buildings or parked cars. But if you want to capture shots of kids, animals or anything that moves around, your mobile phone will probably leave you wanting more.

As the technology advances, low-light photography on mobile phones will improve. But there will always be physical limitations inherent in the platform that DSLRs and mirrorless cameras simply don’t have to deal with. Much of it stems from their larger image sensors, which collect much more light data per pixel. But the fact cameras let you specify the ISO value you need to get the image you want is also a big advantage.

Model train in a dim basement, shot at 50mm, f/2.8, 1/60 second, ISO 3200.

Not Quite There… Yet

I’m a big believer in the promise of computational photography in mobile phones. If the best camera is the one you have with you, then for hundreds of millions of people around the world their mobile phone is the ideal choice. But even with all the rapid advances in technology, there are still plenty of reasons to own a traditional camera.

If you have one that’s been relegated to a dark closet or dusty shelf and replaced by a high-tech mobile phone, get it out and see what it can do. The results may surprise you and have you wanting to use it more and explore the possibilities it offers.

What about you? What are the advantages of using traditional cameras that keep you coming back to them time after time? I’d also like to hear your thoughts about mobile phones and the technology they offer photographers.

One thing is clear. No matter where you stand on this issue, we certainly live in exciting times for photography.


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Just wanted to take a moment and talk about “copyright infringement” and the protection of art work among artists, including photographers.

#1 –  I have been involved in photography for a long time, and realize that sometimes it takes a long time for artists to go through the hard knocks of life to get to the certain skill to take the quality of pictures that they take.

#2 –  I also realize that every photographer has the right to put a copyright or get credit for the photos that they put out there in the world. 

#3-  When a photo is put out there on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, and Instagram, somehow the name of the original artist seems to get lost.

#4 – Many people post these pictures as if they took the photo, and seem to get credit for these pictures. 

#5-  My feelings on posting pictures on my blog are to always give credit to the photographer, assuming I go to all the steps to make sure I know who the photographer is. 

#6 –  Now, as I do photos of the week, I spend time congratulating the photographer for the photo that they take, and make sure they are the one who took the photo.  I have done a lot more into making sure I have the photo associated with the photographer. 

#7-  If I ever see a photo with the Copyright symbol on it, I am going to assume that the photographer does not want me to publish this photo, or anyone else, because they are probably selling this photo for a profit, and I do not want to take away from their earnings.

#8 – I am assuming that most photographers that post their photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, want their photos to be shared, as long as the photographer gets credit for their work.  So, I will always do that if I can make sure I have the photographers name associated with the photo.

#9 –  Occasionally, I may post a photo that is tagged as taken by a certain photographer, but was posted incorrectly.  And for that, I can only assume in sharing it throughout the Facebook world, the name got lost.  I am so grateful if the photographer finds his photo and lets me know that his or her photo was published with the wrong name, and gives me a chance to correct it.  At that time, I will re-post that photo and give the photographer his proper credit. 

#10-  I will continue to take steps to make sure that the photos I put in my blog, are properly tagged with the right photographers name on them.  If they are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., I will assume that they would love to have their photos shared with the rest of the world.  For that is a natural thing that happens when any photo is posted on social media.  That is the agreement you take when posting pictures on those social medial sites.