Black and white landscape photography

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Sometimes colour gets in the way.

Removing colour allows photographers to have more control over where the viewers eye roams. Mood can be emphasised too. For me, only very specific photographs suit conversion to black and white. You can’t convert just any image.

Here is my selection of images that I preferred to see in black and white.

Black and white conversion. Cromer beach, Norfolk, England, UK
Geometric Architectural photograph, converted to black and white. England, UK
Dramatic angle of geometric buildings. Photograph converted to black and white. England, UK
Monument in the town of Shumen in Bulgaria.

It would be a very rare event where I would convert a classic sunset or sunrise to black and white, and that is because those pictures are about the colour, I would never convert a photo if I felt that something important about that image would be lost. And converting for the sake of it is wrong in my book.

If you want something toned down, then you need to change your subject matter.

None of the above images are golden hour photos. But the black and white conversions injects back into the image the impact that I saw when I took the picture.

Countrylane near Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Country lane near Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Countrylane in Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Country lane in Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Rural scene in the Devon countryside. UK
Architectural details in Dunkirke, France
Elderly man crossing the road in Brno, Czechia.
Kent country lane, England, UK
Apartment block, Kent, England, UK
Rural road in Buckinghamshire, England, UK

The black and white processing technique that I used here emphasises the depth that is built into the composition

The depth in each of these comes from the fact that they depict roads drifting off into the distance.

Put together like this they have quite an impact. But they would have none if you saw the originals all placed together.

Countrylane near Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Lone figure in the distance, walking along the beach. Belgium.
Countrylane in Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Countrylane in Wiltshire, England, UK
Vapour trail from an aircraft at sunset, Dartmoor national park, Devon, England, UK
Blandford Forum in Dorset, England, UK
Bath, Somerset, England, UK
Public art on the beach, the north coast of Belgium.

I use black and white and heavy vignetting to emphasise depth. I also use black and white to emphasise elements that in colour would blend in silently to their surroundings.

That applies to the top left image of the vapour trail that looks like a comet falling to earth. Barely visible in colour, the horizon, sun and vapour trail take over the photo with this conversion

That’s what I saw when I took the image, and that’s what I see after the black and white conversion.

Black and white photograph of a coca cola sign outside a cafe in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
coca cola sign outside a café in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Black and white photograph of Looking across the 'old bridge' or Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Looking across the ‘old bridge’ or Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Looking across rooftops. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegivina. Black and white photograph, converted in Lightroom.
Looking across rooftops. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegivina. Black and white photograph, converted in Lightroom.
Black and white photograph, converted in Lightroom. View, looking up, at a ruined building. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
View, looking up, at a ruined building. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Black and white street photography, converted using Lightroom: Person walking down the street. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Street photography: Person walking down the street. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Steps leading up, in the town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Steps leading up, in the town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Black and white photograph of sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Mauritania, West Africa
Black and white photograph of sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Mauritania, West Africa
Black and white photograph of a countrylane on the Isle of Wight, UK
Small lane in the Isle of Wight, Near Cowes, England, UK
Black and white photograph of a small road through the woods, in Wiltshire, England, UK
Small rural road near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
Black and white photograph of a beach scene under dark skies.  Lone figure looking out to sea. Kessingland, UK
Lone figure looking out to sea, Kessingland beach, Suffolk, England, UK
Black and white photograph of the dome of St Nicholas Cathedral in Prague, Czechia
St Nicholas cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic
Black and white photograph of mountain scenery in Western Serbia
Mountains in Western Serbia, Serbia,
Black and white photo of a disused petrol station in Macedonia.
Disused garage in Macedonia, near the border with kosovo
Black and white photograph of a scarecrow in a field on the Isle of Wight.
Scarecrow on the side of the road, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Baby sculptures 'crawling' up Zizkov tower in Prague, Czech Republic
Baby sculptures ‘crawling’ up Zizkov tower in Prague, Czechia
Black and white photograph of David Cerny's Baby sculptures in Prague, Chzeckia
David Cerny’s Baby sculptures in Prague, Czechia
Black and white photograph of David Cerny's Baby Sculptures climbing th eZizkov Tower in Prague, Czechia
Black and white photograph of David Cerny’s Baby Sculptures climbing the Zizkov Tower in Prague, Czechia
Black and white photograph of David Cerny's Baby Sculptures climbing the Zizkov Tower in Prague, Czechia
David Cerny’s Baby Sculptures climbing the Zizkov Tower in Prague, Czechia
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