GALLERY >> BLACK AND WHITE

The Moon

The Moon

Karahunj. Zorats Karer

Karahunj. Zorats Karer

The field

The field

Ancient astrological observatory. Armenia

Ancient astrological observatory. Armenia

Storks on the field

Storks on the field

Sisian. Zorac Karer

Sisian. Zorac Karer

Armenia. Zorac Karer

Armenia. Zorac Karer

lonely stork

lonely stork

Black and white

Black and white

Early morning

Early morning

Little dog

Little dog

Monochromatic Image of a Dove in Flight

Monochromatic Image of a Dove in Flight

Old Boat a Retired Sea Vessel

Old Boat a Retired Sea Vessel

Gaggle of Pigeons in the City

Gaggle of Pigeons in the City

Black and white pigeon in flight

Black and white pigeon in flight

Flock of foraging pigeons

Flock of foraging pigeons

Shiny ivory spiral shell

Shiny ivory spiral shell

Lazy dog and contented pigeons

Lazy dog and contented pigeons

Urban pigeons flock for food

Urban pigeons flock for food

Black, white and brilliant colour

Black, white and brilliant colour

Pigeons swarming to the pavement

Pigeons swarming to the pavement

Fallen stop sign and speeding car

Fallen stop sign and speeding car

We have our lines crossed

We have our lines crossed

Amazing black and white moon

Amazing black and white moon

Dangerous grass in the night

Dangerous grass in the night

Lizard lounging after lunch

Lizard lounging after lunch

Ship’s sparkling lights in the dark

Ship’s sparkling lights in the dark

Grove of towering palm trees

Grove of towering palm trees

Tears for the ruins

Tears for the ruins

Single flower devoid of colour

Single flower devoid of colour

Transparency in photography

Transparency in photography

The old gate of Athens

The old gate of Athens

Black and white photo art

Black and white photo art

Sad dog face

Sad dog face

Fire black and white

Fire black and white

Wet dirt

Wet dirt

Field

Field

Crab

Crab

Wire and shells

Wire and shells

Ax and stump

Ax and stump

Twig of the grids

Twig of the grids

Boat behind bars

Boat behind bars

Strange tree

Strange tree

Group of pencils

Group of pencils

Keys

Keys

Black and white photography

Black and white photography

Animal skull

Animal skull

Abstraction

Abstraction

The papers

The papers

Marine umbrella

Marine umbrella

Two elastic sheets of paper

Two elastic sheets of paper

Long bamboo

Long bamboo

Black and white paper art

Black and white paper art

A meeting of two pigeons

A meeting of two pigeons

It s not what you think

It s not what you think

Black and white glasses

Black and white glasses

Motorcycle drive chain

Motorcycle drive chain

Please do not litter

Please do not litter

Universal motorcycle muffler

Universal motorcycle muffler

Just the motion

Just the motion

Dilapidated building

Dilapidated building

Antique door lock

Antique door lock

Flying pigeons

Flying pigeons

Black and white dandelion

Black and white dandelion

Moder art

Moder art

Sadness photography

Sadness photography

The beach at night

The beach at night

Outdoor metal art

Outdoor metal art

Painted wall art

Painted wall art

Boat tires

Boat tires

Concrete tunnel

Concrete tunnel

Small lake

Small lake

Greek melon

Greek melon

Old sweater

Old sweater

Black and white photography or monochromatic photography is a specialized method of creating images which are partially or completely washed of colour. Black and white images are not stark sharp images with only black and white contrasted against each other; these images are a combination of these two shades which generally produces images in shades of grey along the continuum. In essence this type of photography gives one the opportunity to create very distinct imagery as the shades of the subject are what is reflected and not the colours.

Achieving black and white photographs is quite easy with a variety of techniques ranging from shooting with black and white film, activating the RAW on a digital camera, adding filters in front of your lens, or simply shooting in colour with a digital camera and digitally converting the images into black and white with conversion tools such as greyscale, saturation and channel mixer.

In capturing black and white image, it would be best for a photographer to first learn to see without colour. To do so the eyes literally have to be trained to see the world in shades of grey. This is not as difficult as it may seem, it only takes practice.

In our natural world for example, the winter season especially where there is snow, provides the perfect monochromatic atmosphere. First snowfall provides a pure white blanket that almost completely smothers all colours from the surroundings. Something as simple as early morning fog provides a kind of blanket that shrouds the colours and gives a plethora of grey shades to shoot in. Without the opportunity to experience these temperate climates, something as simple as a sheet of white paper against a dark back ground or against a dark desk provides amazing contrast for natural black and white imagery.

 The best black and white photos are just great images like any another. However, the photographer was able to move beyond the spectacular colours to see the distinct shapes, textures and tones of an image even before they have shot it. They are able to visualize from the outset how their subject would look in shades of grey that are significantly different in relation to its background.

Monochromatic photography is said to produce optical purity that does not detract from the beauty or intensity of an image. The success of exceptional black and white photography is largely dependent on the ability to balance the tones in the image after the colour is removed. Black and white photography is only a successful phenomenon when the differences in tones between different elements in the scene can be seen and taken advantage of to create a sense of depth. These images are also enhanced by also taking advantage of the lines and lighting in an effort to balance, and in many cases compensate for the lack of colour.

Black and white photography whether to show contrast, form, or even selective colour is a beautiful work of art that has an undefinable characteristic that is magnetic.