Black & White

“What the human eye sees is an illusion of what is real. The black and white image transforms illusions into another reality.” – Ruth Bernhard

I am not a master of black and white photography so my take on this topic is something that I experience and not from a technical point of view.

I believe that black and white photography sharpens a viewer’s imagination. The contrast is seen with the use of different grey tones.

This is for Anne’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Black and White

My favourite topic for black & white photography is architecture.

I used the slider to show the contrast with colour and b&w photography of the Trevi Fountain.

St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

Hungarian Parliament

An architecture in the foreground with the Leaning tower of Pisa

Another black and white favourite topic for me are sculptures.

Sculpture in front with the Louvre at the background.

A sculpture in the Schonbrunn Palace Gardens in Vienna

For me personally, I don’t like taking photos of flowers in B&W. I don’t know why but maybe because I am no good at it. But I find that if the background is not very busy then a flower photo may work … like the one below.

This bird photo has a great texture so is alright in this kind of photography.

I find it a bit challenging to take B&W landscape photography, but some look good in black and white if only I just try hard to focus on the different shades of grey.

This is in the 12 Apostles in Victoria.


  1. picpholio says:

    Always strangs to see the power of B&W images compared to full color !

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, sometimes you’ll be surprised on the effect!

  2. Amy says:

    You capture the majesty of these historical architecture, Teresa! The last one is my favorite!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for liking my photos…i tried!

  3. Anne Sandler says:

    Teresa, your architecture is stunning in black and white, especially the leaning tower! Great work, and I hope you enjoyed the challenge. By the way, did you shoot these in black and white or color?

    1. Teresa says:

      Shot it in colour, Anne. Is it better to shoot it in colour or in black and white straight away? Did I do it correctly?

  4. Anne Sandler says:

    Teresa, I shoot in color and then convert to black and white. There is no correct way to do it. It’s just what you prefer. I have a photo buddy who takes full advantage of all the different ways his camera can shoot a picture (in camera HDR and other filters). But then the resulting import is a JPEG file.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks. I try my best but to put colour into b&w is sometimes a fail for me. You are so good in what you do. Thanks again. ❤️

  5. That’s a beautiful set

    1. Teresa says:

      Greatly appreciate your comment!🧡

  6. Toonsarah says:

    What a great varied set of photos! I agree that architecture and sculpture work particularly well in B&W but your flower shot is beautiful in a slightly sombre way and I think might be my favourite 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      It is hard to take a beautiful b&w shot of flowers… happy that you liked this one, Sarah!

  7. JohnRH says:

    WOW. Great, great, great, I.J. Well done.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks John. Teresa here!

      1. JohnRH says:

        Ooops! Sorry about that! I’m easily confused. 🙂

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