I have hundreds and hundreds of photos on my computer. Only a small percentage of them are in black and white. It’s trivial to convert a color image to black and white, but I love color, so even if I have an image that screams black & white, I have a resistance to converting it.

But there are exceptions. Sometimes the textures and shapes in a picture are so strong that color actually detracts from the image. For today’s Blogging from A to Z post, I’m going with a photo gallery of black & white images. I suppose some might think I’m cheating because today’s B’s day and I’m sort of including a W word. If you’re a purist, I hope you’ll forgive me.

bike hub close-up

shadow me

Mt. Baker, infrared

Old lamp in park

Old Bellingham Armory

serpentine wall

doorway & stairs

windy waves

stony beach close-up

river stone texture

tree silhouette

Wheelbarrow wheel

All images were taken and edited by me. In case that wasn’t already clear.


B is for Black (& White)
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10 thoughts on “B is for Black (& White)

  • 04-02-2012 at 11:41 am
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    Wish you had a like button, dude!!! Having a slight deja vu moment, as I browsed your DA gallery last night… These are excellent B&W’s!!!

    šŸ™‚

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    • 04-02-2012 at 12:46 pm
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      Thank you!

      I can’t remember now if any of these are on DA. (I haven’t posted anything new on there for a long time.)

      I appreciate your feedback. I’m glad you liked these!

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  • 04-02-2012 at 11:53 am
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    I’m desperately searching for a Mae West-type quip to reply to the “purist” line, but I’m too distracted by the beauty of your photographs to come up with anything.

    The wheat/feather (?) picture reminds me of a product review on Photobots. Stand back — I’m going to pretend to know what I’m talking about: they posted a review of a camera that takes photos that allow the viewer to change the focus, such that one viewing your wheat-feather could direct the cursor to something in the background and shift the focus.

    Fabulous pics.

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    • 04-02-2012 at 12:50 pm
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      Thank you very much!

      I hadn’t heard about the camera that can take changeable-focus photos, but that sounds cool. I know what you mean about that picture though. I must have taken it with a really long focal length to have such a shallow depth of field. Kind of a trippy effect.

      No need to find a Mae West-type quip. I think I get the gist.

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  • 04-02-2012 at 2:25 pm
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    Nice pictures. I’ve tried to convert some of my pics and they never look right. .

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    • 04-02-2012 at 2:29 pm
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      Thank you!

      It took me awhile to learn different techniques for converting color to b&w. It definitely takes some experimentation. Using Photoshop helps since there are so many different ways of doing the conversion and each method gives slightly different results.

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  • 04-02-2012 at 6:51 pm
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    Wonderful black and white pictures.

    Great to meet you on the challenge.

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    • 04-02-2012 at 6:54 pm
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      Thank you very much! I’m glad you dropped by.

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  • 04-02-2012 at 8:48 pm
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    I’m lovin that image of the shaddow on the stairs. Very arty farty.

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    • 04-02-2012 at 9:35 pm
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      Arty farty is what I was going for. Glad I succeeded. šŸ™‚

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