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35 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WONDERS AROUND THE WORLD

Photos of the Week, The first of 2020: A collection of the most beautiful, natural wonders around the world. Check these out:
  • There are unbelievably beautiful natural wonders across the world – from the tops of mountains to the deepest caves.
  • Photographs capture the vibrant colors of canyons, forests, and rocky shorelines.
  • In Colombia, a unique plant turns a river bright red every year, and in the Maldives, bioluminescent plankton make the beaches glow at night.

Natural wonders come in all shapes and sizes. From Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast to the Verdon Gorge in southeastern France, there are incredible places all over the planet.

Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Also known as “the river of five colors” or “liquid rainbow,” this body of water actually looks pretty normal most of the time – at least until it explodes into color from around July through November.
During this time, Macarenia clavigera, a unique plant that lines the bottom of the river, turns a vibrant red, interspersed with blue waters, green moss, and yellow sand.
Photo by: VarnaK / Shutterstock


Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Thousands of twinkling glow worms light up these caves, which have been open to the public since 1889, but known to the indigenous Maori people for much longer. In fact, Waitomo comes from the Maori words wai, for water, and tomo, for hole or entrance.
The magical experience is heightened by the fact that visitors silently glide through the caves by gondola.
Photo by: chriskorah / Shutterstock


Lake Hillier, Australia
The bubble-gum pink lake defies science: no one knows why it’s as pink as it is, or why the color is actually stronger the further from the lake you are. Most believe that it’s caused by a specific algae in the lake that is drawn to its high salinity, as well as a pink bacteria known as halobacteria.
Whatever the reason for its unique hue, the lake sits on Middle Island, an island on the Recherche Archipelago that is used solely for research purposes, and can only be viewed by helicopter.
Photo by: matteo_it / Shutterstock


The Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan
Sitting at 1,410 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on Earth’s surface. Located in a desert and featuring a high concentration of salt, it’s the perfect spot for floating.
The water is beautiful enough on its own, but the deposits and columns of salt that rise out of the water give it a unique, otherworldly look.
Photo by: Olesya Baron / Shutterstock


The Stone Forest, China
As the name implies, this is basically a 150-square mile forest made of stone – and it’s a whopping 270 million years old. The giant, otherworldly pillars are ancient karst formations, created by water and wind erosion, as well as seismic activity. The forest also features caves, waterfalls, ponds, and lakes, as well as an underground river.
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
When lakes near these Bolivian salt flats overflow, they create a majestic mirrored surface that reflects the sky and clouds above. The Salar de Uyuni are the largest of their kind and cover a whopping 4,050 square miles of the Bolivian Altiplano.
The vast oasis of salt boasts a horizon that never seems to end, making this spot a photographer’s dream.
Photo by: Olga Kot Photo / Shutterstock


Masazir Lake, Azerbaijan
Masazir Lake is not far from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. This pink saline lake gets its color – which is strongest in the summer – from microorganisms called halophiles.
Photo by: Ramin Hasazalinade / Shutterstock


Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay’s natural beauty makes it one of Vietnam’s number one tourist sites. The bay is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The best way to see Ha Long’s awe-inspiring limestone towers is by boat. In fact, many tourists stay overnight on a boat in the bay.
Photo by: Christaltran / iStock


Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, Gansu, China
Danxia refers to a special type of landscape found in southwestern China. The colorful, striped mountains are made up of layers of minerals and rock, which were disrupted when tectonic plates caused the island that is now India to collide with the rest of the Eurasia continent.
Now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, the once little-known wonder is a popular tourist draw – and for good reason. Chances are you’ve never seen anything like it before.
Photo by: Alexandra Seixas / Shutterstock


Geiranger Fjord, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway
A fjord is best described as an underwater valley. Formed by glaciers, these long and narrow waterways are deep and surrounded by steep mountains on all sides. The Geiranger Fjord is one of Norway’s most famous, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Go in the warmer months to see lush greenery offset by deep blue waters.
Photo by: Cookelma / iStock


Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Gorgeous Lake Nakaru sits in a national park famous for its epic bird-watching – especially its bright pink flamingos. The large, shallow lake is surrounded by marshes and grassland, and also home to rhinos, hippos, waterbucks, and buffalo.
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock


Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegalalang and Ubud, Indonesia
Indonesia is known for its terraced rice fields – and Tegalalang is one of the most well-known. Entering the vibrant green landscape with its towering palm trees will make you feel like time has stopped. And there’s some truth to that feeling. Farmers here use an irrigation system that’s been passed down for centuries.
Photo by: daphnusia / Shutterstock


Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, Iceland
You probably won’t want to sunbathe on Reynisfjara, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. The stunning beach looks otherworldly thanks to its black sand, basalt stone columns, and the fog that sometimes envelops it. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Photo by: Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock


Verdon Gorge, France
The Verdon Gorge’s blue-green waters are a picturesque setting for activities ranging from swimming to kayaking.
Photo by: RossHelen / Shutterstock


The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
One of Ireland’s most-visited natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher stretch along the country’s west coast for five majestic miles. The rugged cliffs offer unparalleled views of the ocean below.
Photo by: Shutterupeire / Shutterstock


The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
The Grand Canyon is Arizona’s most well-known natural beauty, and for good reason: between its immense size and breathtaking views, this natural phenomenon is a must-see.
The canyon stretches on for 277 river miles and spans 18 miles from side to side. While the South Rim is open all year round, the North Rim is open to visitors on a more seasonal basis.
Photo by: Martin M303 / Shutterstock





Monteverde Cloud Forest, Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Because it’s a rainforest, the weather might not always be ideal at Monteverde, but the fact is it’ll feel and look like a jungle paradise no matter if it’s misty or not.
Even better, this biological reserve is known to be home to a multitude of species. In fact, it’s one of only a few places around the world that boasts all six species of the cat family.
Photo by: Simon Dannhauer / Shutterstock


Na Pali Coast, Hawaii, United States
Between the colorful cliffs and the azure blue waters below, Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast is sure to wow any visitor. Hiking the cliffs will afford you 4,000-foot-high views of the Pacific Ocean and Kalalau Valley, as well as plenty of beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Photo by: Alexander Demanyenko / Shutterstock


Skógafoss, Skógar, Iceland

Skógafoss flows from not one, but two glaciers (Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull). According to legend, a viking named Thrasi hid his chest of gold under this stunning waterfall.
Gold or not, the heavy amount of spray that the waterfall produces makes a sunny-day rainbow sighting here very likely.
Photo by: Maridav / shutterstock


White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
The largest gypsum deposit in the world, White Sands National Monument is a serene expanse of glittering, white sand that’s located in the Chihuahuan Desert. The gypsum that forms these gently sloping dunes comes from a nearby ephemeral lake that has a high mineral content. As the water from this lake evaporates, minerals remain, which then form gypsum deposits that are carried by the wind.
Photo by: sunsinger / Shutterstock


Bioluminescent Beaches, Maldives
To experience the Maldives’ magical glowing beaches, you can visit any of the 1,190 islands that comprise the South Asian sovereign state. Some of the top spots to see this natural light show – the result of bioluminescent plankton – include Athuruga, Reethi, and Mirihi.
Photo by PawelG Photo / Shutterstock


Marble Caves, Chile
Located in Patagonia on Lake General Carrera, Chile’s Marble Caves (also known as the “Marble Cathedral”) were created more than 6,000 years ago by waves that eroded the rocks. The caverns’ stunning colors vary as water levels fluctuate throughout the year.
Photo courtesy Shutterstock Wata51


Mono Lake, California, United States
Mono Lake, which spans 65 square miles, is known for eye-catching, calcium-carbonite structures known as tufa towers. With a high salt content, this ethereal lake is also extremely buoyant.
Photo by: Jiri Ambroz / Shutterstock


El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Situated outside of San Juan, El Yunque National Forest earns the distinction of being the sole tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System.
Photo by: Dennis Van de Water / Shutterstock


Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Skye’s enchanting Fairy Pools are only accessible on foot via the Glen Brittle forest – but it’s worth the hike to see the clear waters of these natural pools in person.
Photo by: orxy/ Shutterstock


Beach of the Cathedrals, Galicia, Spain
You’ll do a double take when you see the rocky arches at the Beach of the Cathedrals: these incredible buttress-like formations were shaped solely by nature.
Photo by: John_Walker / Shutterstock


Milford Sound, New Zealand
Created by glaciers during the ice age, this fjord – located off the coast of New Zealand’s South Island – is renowned for its dynamic scenery, from waterfalls to soaring mountain peaks.
Photo by: Harley Alexander / Shutterstock


Jeju Island, South Korea
Jeju Island boasts South Korea’s highest mountain, Hallasan, a dormant volcano that towers nearly 6,400 feet above sea level.
The island is also known for its spectacular lava tubes (caves formed by cooling lava
Photo by: Noppasim Wongchum / Shutterstock


Mt. Erebus, Antarctica
It may seem hard to believe, but there are volcanoes in the arctic. Mt. Erebus, the world’s southernmost active volcano, dates back 1.3 million years and stretches a whopping 12,448 feet above sea level.
Photo by: Michael Lodge / Shutterstock


Kjeragbolten, Norway
Kjeragbolten is a 177-cubic-foot boulder nestled in a mountain crevice. It’s surprisingly accessible (you don’t need special equipment to reach it), which makes it a popular photo op for adventurous Instagrammers.
Photo by: Beas777 / Shutterstock





Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Spanning Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are part of a massive waterfall system that totals around 275 waterfalls.
Photo by King Ho Yim / iStock


Tianmen Cave, Zhangjiajie, China
Situated 5,000 feet above sea level, Tianmen Cave is one of the highest naturally formed arches on the planet. Visitors have to mount a 999-step “stairway to heaven” to reach the site.
Photo by: unge_255Photostock / Shutterstock


Harbour Islands, Bahamas
Known mostly for its pink sand beaches, Harbour Island remains mostly untouched by humans, at least compared to the rest of the Bahamas.
The island’s other draws include Devil’s Backbone, a coral reef filled with marine life, and Dunmore Town, whose pastel-colored homes will charm any visitor
Photo by: Shane Gross / iStock


The Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
For gorgeous natural views, go for a hike along the Blyde River Canyon, which sits at an elevation of more than 2,600 feet. This canyon, known for its unique geology – including the Pinnacle, a looming quartzite column – also boasts diverse flora and fauna.
Photo by: Richardo Zamelloni / shutterstock


Garni Gorge, Armenia
The Garni Gorge is characterized by vertical cliffs notable for their basalt columns. You can only reach this breathtaking site by car. 
Photo by: Marat Zarkaryan / shutterstock


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HOW TO CREATE A BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO THAT WILL GRAB YOUR ATTENTION

Last Thursday, this website just posted the annual: ”THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE, Vol. 6″. When you look at these photos, I wanted to explain how these photos were selected so you can see why these particular photos were chosen. Then as you shoot black and white, perhaps you too, can think more about how your black and white photos might become more of a winning black and white photo!

I spend months in preparation for this annual presentation of “The Art of Black and White” to find Photos that fit a certain criteria. Let me explain. These black and white photos, when done properly actually are more artistic, and actually look better in black and white than in color. And you have to realize here that black and white photos are another form of a Photographic art form. So, if you are a person who only takes color photos, and just can’t see the artistic value of black and white, then, hopefully, when I get done here, maybe you can see why these photos are so well done in black and white than in color.

Photo by : Just Life Photography

One of the reasons this photo was chosen, and the reason it is chosen as a great black and white photo over a color photo is that: A- A great photo in the morning or evening (the golden hours) are amazing because of the shadows cast by the sun. Now this particular photo has shadows galore. The sun is shining perfectly across the brick walkway. In color, yes, you would get dark shadows, but, in black and white, the shadows have even more contrast, because it’s black and white. Every single brick in the walkway has it’s own individual black shadow. The composition is already perfect with the leading lines and it just makes the perfect black and white photo because of the extreme contrast in this photo. B- The other thing that makes this photo so great is because it has such a strong back light, and because it also has a tunnel, which makes the shadow so black, the photo naturally has intense white and black, very little greys. There are some greys in the bricks, which are perfectly exposed. So, that is why this photo is so perfect as a black and white.

A pexel photo by Robert Anthony Carbone

The reason this black and white photo, to me, is obvious. What is the subject here? Is it the mama bear or the baby bear? It’s the baby bear, naturally. So, could this be done in color? Yes! But, it has much more impact in black and white. In color, it’s just another snapshot. It has more impact in black and white. It shows the fact that mama bear is just there, and it may be a brown bear, but, it makes it look much more impactful as a black or grey bear than a brown bear. And that makes the little white baby bear more of a standout subject in black and white than it would in color. Sometimes if you run into this kind of contrast, check and see if it would look better in black and white, than in color. But if you do, make sure it has the perfect contrast to give it the shock value that this one did.

Photo by David Kipping

Photographer David Kipping is a pure artist in Black and White. It amazes me how many photographers can see the following: the sky sunset lighting is just perfect, every light in the buildings are lit up, and reflections in the water are there as well. Post production enhancements? Who knows? But, don’t you find that every thing that makes this photo so incredible is there! Everything lit up so perfect. And then, of course David added his own extra touch by adding a nice border around the photo to make this black and white even more spectacular! How could I not put this in the exhibition.

A pexel photo by Alexander Krivitskiy

A portrait done in black and white! I hesitate to post portraits in black and white, but, I do it if I find the perfect portrait. Now, what makes me post a portrait in black and white? Would it look good in color? Probably yes! But, in this case, it also looks so amazing in black and white as well. Why? This has to have a perfect exposure and perfect lighting to make it. That’s it. And a portrait in black and white, generally does not have much whites on the face, but, perfect grey tones. And the shadows on the face are not black, but, have detail still in the shadows. So, this is just such a perfectly exposed photo, with the perfect lighting, and the perfect amount of lights and shadows. And the grey tones are perfect. I was totally mesmerized by the quality of this portrait.

Photo by Max Bowen – Going to School
Photo by Nuno Gomes – Forgotten

The above 2 photos were chosen for the popularity of this new trend in photography: “negative space”. Here we have a subject in the photo, but so much space surrounding the subject. Both these photos are some of the most popular in the collection because of this new type of photo, where there is so much space around the subject. In a collection of photos in an art gallery recently, people were asked which kind of photo they would like if they were to purchase a photo, and the majority of people chose this type of photo. There is something about how these type of photos create some kind of special “Mood” to the picture, something serene, something soothing, and it seems to be in black and white that is the most popular. Or if it is in color, it seems to be one tone, anyway. So, it might as well be black and white because it’s already got the mood.

Photo by Jack Chamberlin

This particular form of black and white was easy to choose. You can’t create this in color. Jack uses an infrared filter to create this photo, and if you ever go back to the era of film, infrared film existed then, but, to my recollection, there was no infrared filters. Today, you would use an infrared filter to get the effect that black and white infrared film used to do years ago. Sometimes the effect can be a bit strange, but, in this case, it certainly brought out an interesting contrast in the clouds, and the subject itself. But, it was unique enough to make it easily into the black and white choice of a winning collection. Jack takes a lot of photos with the infrared filter and they are all amazing photos. I don’t know of other photographers specializing in this art, like Jack Chamberlin. Congrats Jack for being unique in this art form.

Photo by Tammy Nash

This photo by Tammy Nash was chosen because of the stark contrast found in a scenery picture, and the amazing reflection found to accentuate the contrast above the water. Look close and see trees and house reflected in the lake so well, and I would be curious to really know the color of that house, but, it sure makes this work so well, whatever the color of the house is, in black and white. This photo is just a real, nice contrast black and white scenery photo…. which you don’t see that often with trees. Great shot. Would it have worked in color? I don’t think you would have been as excited in color as it is in black and white, and that is why it was chosen.

Photo by Marja Van Doorn

Could we call this a study in chaos? I am not sure, but, I think this is housing Greece or some place like that, and I think it only works well in black and white as well. Because in color, I don’t think the chaos would be as interesting. This way all the homes become the same color, the satellite dishes all just seem to be part of the picture, and it just almost seems like a story is to be told here. It is an amazing story to this photo. That is another reason you take photos, is to tell a story. And this one sure tells a story. As I was searching photos one day, I came across this photo, stopped, looked at this, chuckled a bit, went on, came back to this, and said, that this one had to be in the collection. It made me stop and look at it several times. Then I studied it, to see if it met the criteria: would this be better in black and white or color? And I determined it is better in black and white.

Photo by David McEachan

A silhouette done in black and white. What do you get? Black and White. A silhouette done in color. What do you get? An orange and black photo (because it’s usually a sunset photo) So, in this case, I like the black and white because it adds to the mood of the photo. Do we want to see this guy walk off into the sunset. Now, he could be going to work, or walking to his home, or going to see his girlfriend. It opens up a lot more variety of thoughts. The other interesting thing about this photo: Notice how many street lights are in this photo. Are they really only 6 feet apart? No, if you are familiar with how lenses work, this had to be taken with some huge telephoto lens to get that kind of compression. That man may be a mile away or at least a long way away, not sure. But, that is some skilled photo taken here. Plus, I like the big open sky to this photo as well.

Photo by Tamas Meszaros from Pexel Photos

The old, old black and white photos, say back in the early 1900’s, could not really be truly printed in black and white, or even late 1800’s. If you saw them, many of them had, what we called, a sepia tone to them. They were really well loved because of that. They gave a nice brown tone to them, and it seemed like many printers back in those early days did that to lessen the harshness of black and white. Later as black and white became more artistic, rather than out of necessity, many artists gave their photos the “sepia tone” effect to their black and white photos. I saw this photo done with that effect, and had to include that in the black and white collection because it is part of history, to have photos printed or made in the sepia tone effect. Plus, the artist went out of his way to make it look old, and dark, and almost like you expected an old Model T, to come pick this man up. The whole photo was just well composed, well staged and well toned, and deserved to be in the collection.

A pexel photo by Simon Matzinger

This photo, for a black and white photo, seems to be just the opposite of the typical black and white “moody” grey, dark photo, but a real “high key lighting” photo. This you just don’t see too much in black and white, and that is why this photo was chosen. It creates more of a happy mood when people see this photo. The composition is well done, plus, it also has a feeling of an “old time photo” where you have the old homes and buildings in the background. And in the older photos, you seemed to always get a swan in the photo. Just a classic photo that just jumped out at me, and made me smile. This is just a “feel good” photo.

Photo by Ron Paula (c)

Finally, this photo has some unique things to it. It has a small winter stream in this that is blurred with a slow shutter speed. Now, someone may ask, if this would be better done in color as well? I think, when you think of a winter photo like this, you have to realize that winter has so much snow, and ice, there is really very little color to most winter photos. Black and white fits a lot of winter photos. Where this stream is, you can tell that it is backed with a black rock, and there are no shadows, so it is obvious that there is no sunshine. So, black and white is the only appropriate way to take this photo. If you had done it in color, it would not have been very colorful. Bravo to Ron Paula for using such a long shutter speed to create the stream to look like that. I love streams that have that effect in photography, and the winter effect, still leaves this looking cold to me. Amazing photo.

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"THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE" vol. 6

THIS IS THE 6TH IN A SERIES, DONE ONCE EACH YEAR SINCE THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.  A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE BEST BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS FOUND FROM SOME OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM THE INTERNET.  THE INTEREST IN BLACK AND WHITE HAS INCREASED AND THE QUALITY OF THE PHOTOS AND THE AMOUNT TO PICK FROM HAS INCREASED AS WELL.  THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT PHOTOGRAPHY IN GENERAL IS BECOMING A HUGE ART FORM IN THE WORLD.  WHEN YOU SEE THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS, I THINK YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE QUALITY OF THE PHOTOS THAT ARE COMING THROUGH.  

Picking this year’s photos was a real challenge. There are so many good photos to choose from and so many amazing photographers. The criteria for picking these photos are as follows:

  • A photo with good contrast, exceptional contrast between blacks and whites
  • Does this photo look better in black and white than in color (that is a real challenge, and in some cases, at least as good)
  • In portraits, are the skin tones have real nice grey tones to them.
  • Is the subject material unique for black and white? Could this photo have been this interesting in color?
  • Can you see this photo on the wall as a masterpiece in black and white, rather than color?

So, my criteria for choosing the black and white photos are very strict. But, following these guidelines, it makes it much more difficult to find these kind of photos. BUT, you will agree that these photos are absolutely amazing.

Without any further explanation, here are the chosen photos for the year 2019! And congratulations to those chosen to be in this presentation.

This amazing photo taken by: JUST LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY (c)
This photo was chosen because of it’s high contrast and of course, this photographer knows that the best time to get good contrast in lighting, is to take it early in the morning or evening. Notice how every single brick on this walkway has cast a shadow, thus, adding to the beauty of this black and white of this photo. Plus, the composition is so perfect, with leading lines leading our eyes back into the subject. A perfect photo taken by the Photographer. Thank you for sharing this amazing photo.


This photo was taken by David Kipping Photography (c)
David has been taking photos in Black and White for some time. This photo was posted in the group: 123Photogo Group, and was a favorite of mine immediately. The contrast of the photo, and the composition is just perfect. The photo is titled: Manhattan Sunset. And the lighting was caught just right, with the lights on in the building, plus the light behind the building. The other thing I like about David’s photos, is that he adds that nice touch of putting a border around his photos, just to add a more professional touch to his photos.
David is a professional photographer and does have his own website. If you want to see more of his great photos, please go to his link at
https://kippingphoto.com/



Photo by Jack Chamberlin Photography (c)
When I first saw this photo, I was taken back by the interesting contrast, and when I did some more reading about this, I realized it was an infrared photo. It has been a long time since I had seen any photo taken in infrared. This photo was posted in the group: Foto Arte Black and White, and further looking in Mr. Chamberlin’s photos, I discovered more photos that he had posted with his infrared filter on his camera. They are all just amazing photos. Thanks Jack for providing a unique approach to black and white photography.


Photo by Ron Paula (c)
I like a good winter photo in black and white. Sometimes when you go out and take a winter photo, it seems like it’s all black and white anyway. This photo by Ron, wasn’t that easy to take because, you can see by the motion of the water, it’s a long shutter speed. I love that type of photo, and you know this has to be set up with the tripod, and freezing temperature, etc. And this turned out amazing. Also, with the logo he uses for his photo, I think Ron is an accomplished photographer. It’s time he got some recognition. Thanks Ron.


Photo by Tammy Nash (c)
This photo by Tammy is another one of those scenery photos that is really good in black and white. The stark contrast in the building, and then the scenery is amazing. It gives you the feeling of just wanting to go there, but, especially because it’s so peaceful. The mirror image of the home and the woods in the water is really hard to get in any situation, and this was spot on. Tammy is a great photographer and has her own website on Facebook as well. Her Facebook “Like Page” is titled: Shutter Life Images, and if you want to follow her, I think you would enjoy seeing some great photos. Just go to her website : https://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyTammyNash/


Photo by Marja Van Doorn (c)
I went through about 100 photos this night on the internet, came across this one and stopped, and thought, yeah, this is an amazing photo in black and white. I went to Marja’s website, and actually saw it in color as well, and thought, this is really well done in black and white. I thought this was an amazing photo of the buildings, all lined up on the hill, and so many of them with their satellite dishes. Tells a story of lifestyle doesn’t it. Photography is all about telling stories too, isn’t it. And Marja caught the lifestyle of this town. Marja van Doorn is an amazing photographer as well and posts most of her photos on Instagram. If you would like to follow her and see more of her other photos, please go to her Instagram page at:
https://www.instagram.com/marjavandoorn/?fbclid=IwAR0_2JnYI3DXv0blNoMDpqZToLBZ_ljPUh23ZhmdBJwHGWhCgImOWD6ztuw




Photo by Nuno Gomes (c)
Just recently I had put out a couple of blogs on “negative spacing” and “simplicity in your photos” to study. And this photos fits both those subjects. This has been a very popular type of photography lately because it generally brings out a certain mood in a photo. This photo is no different. The photo is titled: “FORGOTTEN” and with that, it make a whole story, with just that title. Knowing that, what do you imagine is going on? What kind of story do you imagine happened? That is the beauty of photography. Nuno Gomez has captured this amazing photo, and put stories in your mind. This type of photo is the type now, that if you put it up for sale in a store, would be one of the first to sell. This is a great photo. Congratulations
Photo by Max Bowen (c)
Just like the photo above, this has the title: “GOING TO SCHOOL”. A photo that tells a great story. And you can see the story of a culture difference, where the father is taking his son to a game. The rest of the photo is the foggy, mist space, that fills the photo, similar to the photo above. This is what makes this photo so great. That big space just makes this photo stand out and become great. It makes me think this river is huge. This is another one of those photos that just tells a story about life. It’s an amazing photo, and Max Bowen has captured this life story so well. Congratulations Max for this fine photo.


Photo by Robert Anthony Carbone with Pexel Photos
Pexel photos is a group of photographers that have graciously donated their photos, so that they may get their name out there to be used for photography purposes. I have used many of their photos in my blogs and on my website and have found their photos to be worthy of exhibit.
Mr. Carbone, takes a lot of other great photos, besides that of just black and white, but, I think that he caught the perfect idea of black and white with the fact that mama bear is dark, but, when baby bear is born, it is white. A great photo.




Photo taken by: David McEachan for Pexel Photos
This type of photo usually ends up in this type of presentation… Usually you would find this type of photo from “Street Photography”. However, this also tells quite a story. Taken with a very large lens to get that compression of street lights. This is actually a very amazing photo. Look at this closely and see if you could ever get that many street lights into one photo like that. It makes it seem like this guy in this photo has walked a mile already. This photo gives you that feeling. Congratulations to David McEacham for this story telling photo.


Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy for Pexel photos
I have to have at least one portrait in my collection of black and white photos. And I have to find the perfectly exposed photo. And this one is it. And it is even a close-up of this pretty face. That makes it even harder to get this right. The grey tones, the shadows and the lighting all have to be perfect before I would accept a persons face or portrait in this collection. There are probably other great portraits out there, but, I thought this one so outstanding because Alexander Krivitskiy dared to show off his talent with a close-up, and he got it so perfect. Congratulations.


Photo by : Tamás Mészáros from Pexel Photos
Part of black and white is to get the traditional “Sepia tone” effect of black and white. And Tamas Meszaros had posed this man in a dark alley with some type of foggy night, to get the perfect effect of this photo. This looks like a “pre-color” type of photo but created by the photographer. A great amount of artistic work went into the creation of this photo, and certainly made this photo worthy of being in this special presentation. Congratulations Tamax Meszaros for your contribution to black and white (and sepia) photography


This pexel photo taken by: Simon Matzinger
This is just the opposite of some of the other photos so far. This is what we call a “high key lighting ” photo. Just everything is very light. The bird is light, the building is light, the water is light, and it creates a different type of mood to the photo, and it’s a good, happy feeling. This is one that a lot of people would like just because of it’s feeling you get when you do see this photo. Congratulations to Simon Matzinger for the creation of this photo, to get this black and white the feeling and mood he wanted and pass it on to us.


This concludes this edition of “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE vol. 6. I hope you enjoyed these amazing photos, and thanks to the photographers who made this possible. We look forward to the next edition (December 2020) for Vol. 7 of THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE.