THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE,
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:
- Does the photo look better in black and white than color? Or as good as color. Then it is a winner.
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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:
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
go to: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jitenpix/?pnref=lhc
|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:
|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:
Her main website:
Thank you Raquel for your friendship and your great personality.
|Photo by Maria Palazi Penasse Photoworld|
Maria has a unique 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 out at:
Or her main website:
|Photo by Howard Rollinson|
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 White
the 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:
|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:
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:
|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:
|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
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:
|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
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
For more of her great work, go to her websites:
|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.
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.