This week, Anne Sandler has asked us to show B&W images.As she says “Some images cry out for black and white.”
I’m coming to this late in the week, and not at my computer I haven’t got access to show you the before and after. So here are just a few images that I felt worked best in monochrome.
First up, a ruined pier silhouetted against the late afternoon light, I think this works best in B&W as you concentrate on shapes (through silhouetting against the light) and textures (of the pebbly beach, the waves, the clouds) and the two figures gazing at the structure:
Now for more ruins, as these are my favourite subjects, and here it’s definitely about shapes and shadows and textures to create drama, which would not be so evident in a colour image, as we are distracted by the colour:
And finally, some decaying flowers where black & white can give us textures in the petals
Linked to Lens Artists at Anne Sandler’s here
This is a great selection. I think perhaps the last one is my favourite? So very ‘you’!
Aah, thank you, but all the ruins in the gallery are very ‘me’, but perhaps associated with the me before you knew, me and when I was fitter
These are great Sue
ooh you are still multi tasking – thought you’d be fully focused on Silverstone now!
Oh, multi Tasking R us is me!
Talented woman, maybe I should re-think you as leader after all!!
You’re so right. Ruins make for great subject matter when photographed (or filtered) in black and white. Very interesting techniques and compositions for this week’s challenge!
Many thanks, Rusha!
Sue, your post was well worth waiting for! I love to photograph ruins and you’ve captured them so well in B & W. I especially love the first image, and think the shadowed people accent it so well. And the dying daffodils are exquisite.
Many thanks, Anne! Glad you like the ruins 😊😊
You have some brilliant photos here. 😀 😀
Many thanks, Cee, a favourite?
Stunning black and whites – especially the decaying daffodils – so ethereal!
Thanks! Yes, I was pleased with the daffodil image, and that was precisely the effect I was looking for
That first shot is very utopian or even distopian. “The travellers from a universe far, far away stood at the shore of the sea, wondering about the civilisation which had left these structures to the mercy of the elements.”
Teehee! I like your thought!
Love this gallery of B^W but the flowers at the end are the best Sue 🙂 🙂
Thank you, Brian! I do like certain flowers as they decay, they can be quite arty
Those are fascinating ruins. And so well shot!
Thanks very much!
Sue, absolutely stunning black and white images especially of the pier and the flowers. It was a treat !
Many thanks, Sheetal! That image of the pier was probably the last time I used an ND filter to use a slow shutter speed for the clouds….and here’s a post with an image from 35 years ago, which sparked off the trip to the ruin: https://suejudd.com/2015/01/26/brighton-west-pier-30-years-ago/
Great ruins, they usually look better in B&W I think as the textures are more apparent. I love eklastic’s comment about the pier!
Yes, agree about the BW, and Elke’s comment was brilliant!
Loved your final image especially Sue – the b&W really makes it stand out and you’ve created it without a single thing to distract from its beauty. Lovely
Thank you, Tina – image created against a white blind….job done!!