THE ART OF “BLACK & WHITE”

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THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE,

VOLUME 4

 

Here we go again.  The 4th in this series.  And each one gets better.  This one has taken, seriously, a long time to put together.  Contacting all the photographers to make sure I have permission to use their photos, and to make sure I have found 22 of the most incredible Black and White Photos that are out there RIGHT NOW.  Black and White is evolving into such a great art, it truly needs a place to showcase these great artists.  Details, as much as possible of the photo, and the photographer are outlined with each photo that is posted.  Please take your time and enjoy, and please contact each photographer individually to congratulate them on their great artistic talents.

How do we judge these photos for display:

  1. Does the photo look better in black and white than color?  Or as good as color.  Then it is a winner.
  2. Is there good contrast between black and white, and have nice grey tones?  If it seems to have a lot of just grey tones, it won’t make it.  We are looking for good contrast
  3. Is the photo interesting?  Would you hang it on the wall?  Or is it something that will bring a conversation to a group of people?
  4. If it is a portrait of a person, the contrast has to be good, but, there has to be certain grey tones to make it look amazing in black and white, almost better looking than color.
  5. Rules of composition are still taken into consideration heavily.  Although, we understand that rules are meant to be broken.  We will take that under consideration if it is that good.

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Congratulations to Jukka Pinonummi‎ . This photo was selected as the cover of the week of the group and of the page. Selected from the Street Level Photography – Group

A very peaceful setting and one that you realize was taken to create a specific mood.  A great photo, and I 

think could only be done in black and white.  Great job.  Details of the photo:   It’s taken at 03.11.2013 in Finland Porvoo. I take it Canon EOS550D+Canon 85/1.8 lens, 85mm- f/4-1/320s-ISO400.

For more information about Jukka Pinonummi, go to his website at:

Photo by:  Jiten Bhagat From the Group:   Life in black and white

Just the right amount of  contrast on this photo to make it really a fun photo.  An interesting photo as well.

Certainly you can see that this is one you could see hanging on the wall for a conversation piece.

A great shot by Jiten Bhagat.

For more information about Jiten Bhagat

Photo by:  Jim Miller – Life in Black and White

Titled:  “The End of the Dance”

And when I first saw this photo, it caught my eye with the stars in the background.  And then I see the dancers there all

in a dreamy type floor…. obviously the stage, and it just makes you feel like you just saw the most incredible dance

of the century.  A great photo by a great photographer.  Jim Miller, you caught a great moment in history,

at least for you, and now for us.

 

Photo by Subhasish Bhattacharya

Normally, I don’t get too excited about adding people pictures in a black and white presentation, but, there are certain exceptions for sure.  For some reason, older people who show their labors in life, and their interesting character, are just more fascinating in black and white than in color.  Congratulations to Subhasish Bhattacharyafor capturing this photo.

Photo by:  Neil Hulme

A well known bridge, done in Black and White.  Do you miss the color on this one?  I don’t.  When you ask the question as to whether or not this would be better in color or black and white, then in this case, Mr. Hulme has done an outstanding job of making sure, with the contrast, and capturing the weather just right, and the light just right, this was a perfect black and white photo.  In fact, a winning photo in my book.  Amazing picture.

He specializes in Long Exposure photography, and often runs workshops on this art as well.

Go to his main Facebook page to learn more about Neil Hulme:

https://www.facebook.com/neil.hulme1

Photo by Raquel Salas

Art of shodo: peace, beauty, meditation, relaxation, matter and spirit.

Raquel has a great eye for catching “still life” and really seeing black and white in this shot.  Japanese writing, Kanji character writing is an art into itself and to get the right exposure on all of this is also what makes this so great.

This particular presentation was done on a website in conjunction with her photographer friend Jugurtha Art Photography in a special website entitled  J& R Art, in which every photo on their website contained a photo of hands.  What a great challenge.  Check it out:  https://www.facebook.com/Jug-Raquel-Art-1778123939129593/

Raquel has other websites as well:

https://www.facebook.com/Raquel-Photography-815418465145575/

Her main website:

http://losojosderaki.blogspot.com.es/

Thank you Raquel for your friendship and your great personality.

Photo by Maria Palazi Penasse Photoworld

Maria has a unique skill of seeing the world.  In black and white, sometimes looking at scenery and putting it in black and white sometimes is hard.  But this one is perfect for black and white because the trees are casting their shadows all through the forest, it just catches your eyes….. and then you notice a couple walking along the path.  So artistic.  I loved how that would look in a huge print.  I took a look at some of her other photos and you will only fall in love with this artist.  Check her other art work  at:

https://www.facebook.com/MariaPalaziPenasse/

Or her main website:

https://youpic.com/photographer/MariaPalaziPenasse/

Photo by Howard Rollinson

Salford Townhall

Wait, you say, this doesn’t look black and white.  But, yes, it is.  With a Sepia Tone to it.  And many years ago as black and white was in it’s infancy, black and white photos, rarely came out black and white, but had this Sepia tone to it.  This just makes it come out looking more like it was about 150 years old.  Now, Howard, if you look through his collection of photos, you will find that he is quite a photographer of old buildings and historic sites. This makes this one even more impressive because it is one old Townhall building, but to put a vignette around it just gives this photo even more character.  I think this photo is amazing like this, and a great art subject.

Thank you Howard for doing this photo this way.  Brings back the old Black and Whitethe way it used to be.  Brings back some old memories for those who have been around a while.

For more of Howard’s great work, go to his website:

https://www.facebook.com/Howard-Rollinson-Photos-492213260939635/

All Walt Whitman Quote.  Maybe this is why I've always preferred shooting in black and white.
Walt Whitman
Photo by Balazs Toro

From the group:  Street Level Photography.

This is a unique group of artists that have taken to the street to find a way to create everyday life into magnificent black and white photos.  I am not even sure what is going on in this photo, but, the contrast, the subject material, and the presentation of the material, makes for a winning photo.  In fact this photo was chosen as one of the winning photos for the Group:  Street Level Photography.

Mr. Balazs Toro is a self taught photographer that has mastered the ART of BLACK AND WHITE very well.  He has several different website links that you should check out to see this master at work:

https://500px.com/torobala

Or:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/torobala

OR:

https://www.facebook.com/BalazsToroPhotography/

OR:

https://www.instagram.com/torobala/

Thank you for your great artistic talents

Photo by:  Tom Plevnik

From the Group:  Street level Photography

I looked at this photo and thought:  “how come I have never thought of this before?”  What a perfect shot of shadows.  And Shadows are perfect subjects for black and white if used right.  And this photo was captured at just the right time and angle.  The shadow looks perfectly in proportion.  Amazing photo.

Tom Plevnik is one photographer who really specializes in Street Photography.  If you go to his website you will find one artist who has made a niche in this art.  Congratulations Tom for making it in this issue as well.  Check out his website here:

https://www.facebook.com/streetbytom/?fref=ts

Also:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/streetbytom

Photo by Don White

Don White has captured a landscape photo that is phenomenal in black and white.  True, winter photos are probably the best for black and white, I believe, because you have so much “white” already, but, put this amount of contrast in your photos can only be done by being there at the right time of day.  Look at the shadows cast by every snow ball.  Or whatever these are.  This is truly an amazing shot of nature.  And with the passing storm in the background, makes it a perfect photo.

Don is a professional Nature Photographer, has been for many years.  He has a good amount of equipment, and knows how to use it to his advantage.  He is willing to get up at the right time of day to get the perfect photos, and that is what it often takes to be a good landscape photographer.

Please take a moment and visit his websites:

https://www.facebook.com/donwhitenaturephotography/

AND

http://www.donwhitenaturephotography.com/

Photo coutesy of:  Rain Photos

This photo found on a website on Facebook titled: RAIN PHOTOS.  It seems it hasn’t had much action in some time, and no specific photographer is mentioned.  Sometimes Facebook Like pages are set up to be a “community” page and photographers can post photos, without their name recognition.  But, that’s too bad, because this is an amazing photo that shows perfect exposure of a street at night, reflections in the puddles after a rain.  Great detail in the streets, there is just such detail in this, it leaves you to look through this whole photograph.  It’s an amazing photo that should be recognized.

Photo by Pedro Grilo Photography

Titled:  Far Away

It seems to me that Black And White Photos seem to be really pleasing photos when there is a misty or foggy type background.  And this one just adds a touch of romance or softness to the photo that makes this one special.  Pedro Grilo has a nice touch in using good composition, and story lines to this photo.  I really thought this was a winning photo for sure.

Pedr Grilo has been a unique touch to photography that I really like.  If you go to his website, you will see an amazing assortment of photographs from all over that are outstanding photos.

Please go to his website and check out his photos at:

https://www.facebook.com/Pedro-Grilo-Photography-1410458415903713/

Photo by Elisabeth Engels

Usually, not too many portraits or people photos make it to the main photo pages of this front page, but I seem to have found a few that have just caught my eye this time.  This one by Elisabeth has the touch of a great photo.  This one just looks great in black and white.  The whispy veil or cloth in front of this beautiful girl just add to the softness of the photo.  It was caught at just the right time and truly makes for a remarkeable photo.

Elisabeth Engels is one of those photograpers who just takes hundreds of photos every day.  She is well known in several photography groups including:  STREET LEVEL PHOTOGRPAHY,  BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC ART, ART PHOTO CLUB, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP, AND MANY OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY GROUPS.

For more of her great work, go to her websites:

https://www.facebook.com/Elisabeth-Engels-apprentie-photographe-411041342422858/

200+ Beautiful Black and White Photography Ideas
Photo Courtesy of Onlineshoesmall.com and Pinterest / Black & White

This photo was one of those posted on Pinterest but no name was ever

posted as the photographer.  But, it is certainly worth it.  The lighting on this makes it

the perfect black and white, but notice the artist cropped the photo so just the right

amount of photo is showing to get the effect that they want.  It is a long and skinny photo.

Nothing wrong with that, but, it certainly is a great photo.

Photo Courtesy of Onlineshoesmall.com and Pinterest / Black & White

Some places are hard to get the real photographers name, but,

whatever the case is, I have to acknowledge this amazing photo of a Great White Own

with the dark background.  A great black and White photo with the composition

done so nicely.  Searching all sources of where we could

find fantastic B&W photos we can find great photos in great places,

like Pinterest.

Photo by:  A Leplesch

Posted on Pinterest

This is a perfect photo for black and white, and I love the meaning of this photo:  the unity of black and white

people in a close hand bonding.  A great way to show unity in mankind.

This is a photo that has deep meaning and works amazing perfect in black and white.

Congratulations to this photographer for sharing it on Pinterest and making it a public photo.

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

This is one of the “new” Black and White” style of photos that are out there now.  Do you like it?

I know it is not entirely 100% Black And White, but this new idea of coloring just a couple of

things in color on a black and white photo is something new in the black and white world.

It is an interesting idea, but, takes a special computer program to make this happen.  I think it is

something that belongs to black and white more than color, so, I thought it should be posted here.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Black and white photos are often big because they play with shadows sometimes.  This photo is a perfect photo that tells a story because it totally plays with the shadows.  Often, people are trying to tell smokers that cigarettes are deadly and this is one photo that can certainly tell you all about it by just the shadows alone.  A clever photo done really well because it is black and white.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

There is a lot of things that make this photo so perfect in Black And White.  Notice the light outline around the wolf that just highlights the wolf.  The breath of the wolf is lit up because of the backlight.  The whole thing is just cleverly done.  Would it have worked in color?  I think so.  But, it works really well in black and white as well.  That’s what makes this such a great photo.  I can see this one hanging on some wall, and being a very popular photo.  Good subject and perfect in some cabin, right?

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

This photo is the perfect black and white photo and shows the perfect contrast between light and shadows.

This photo is fascintating and everyone who has been in an old attic just is drawn to this type of photo.  An amazing photo with the perfect use of light and shadows.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

This photo is almost on the bizarre side of life.  A great macro shot.  What color is the eye?  In this case, who cares?

To get a shot like this, it is more amazing to see that close into the eye.  Such great detail, and to see the reflection in the eyeball is amazing.  That takes amazing equipment to do this, and is worth the winning black and white photo slot here.

WE HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS ISSUE OF 

THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE

NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER COLLECTION

OF GREAT BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS.

YOURS COULD BE ONE OF THEM. 

KEEP TAKING GREAT PHOTOS.

This is #4 in a series of “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”.  To see the other series go to:

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