Forget what people say, the world is beautiful. Nature is breathtaking and inspirational. You could be stuck on a project with no knowledge of how to proceed, and a few quiet minutes in front of nature lights up a bulb in your head. We, as humans are inspired by nature, that’s the way the universe works.
Many people think nature cannot look as good when captured in black and white as it would in colored photos, but this isn’t entirely true. Nature – landscapes, waterscapes, the simple things of life- can actually look better when captured in black and white, it all depends on the photographer.
This post actually goes out to prove this fact. This post is a fantastic collection of breathtaking nature photos- all captured in black and white.
This article contains
- Tips on capturing black and white photos
- Black and white landscape photos
- Black and white waterscape photos
- Miscellaneous black and white photography
Tips on capturing black and white photos
First things first. A picture only looks good as its taker would allow it. This means a photographer determines how good a picture looks, and this is quite important as most photography awards only accept black and white photos for nominations.
One way to capturing black and white photos appropriately is by using the Long Exposure technique. This trick in a nutshell means exposing the camera’s image sensor to light for unusually long periods. When this happens the lens takes clearer pictures in a unique special way.
Long Exposure are especially excellent at capturing objects moving at high speeds, such as rushing water, a spinning giant wheel or leaves blown in the wind.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to go about it:
- Get a tripod stand and place your camera on it. If you don’t do this, the picture will just be a messy blur.
- Keep the shutter speed at just a few seconds. You can adjust this in camera settings called “B” (or bulb).
- Use the “B” (or bulb) setting to keep the shutter open for as long as you want. Cameras usually restrict this to 30 seconds max.
- Use a remote control to take the shot. If you press the button, it will shake the camera and the whole effort will be ruined.
- Use filters to hold back the light. Circular polarizers reduce two stops of light. Choose a suitable Neutral Density filter for this.
- Use a small aperture. The smaller the ISO is, the better the result will be.
- Shoot RAW image and apply noise reduction. This is necessary because you’ll get more noise the longer the camera lens is exposed to light.
Scott has a few more tips in the video below:
Black and white landscape photos
Landscape photos speak volumes. They communicate with everyone in different ways and manners. They look good in full colors but when taken in black and white the effects are amplified and they are simply fantastic.
Percheles 1 by Mariano Belmar Torrecilla
Lairig Gartain by John Parminter
Mist of Stones
Story of Long Life and Death by Angelreich
Shadow and light by Mathilde Guillemot
Another morning by Audun Wigen
How it’s like to be Free
Two Worlds… by Mac Danzig
Infinity by Joakim Orrvik
Evening Waterfall by Roberto Bertero
Desolated by Nicolas Marino
Window to the World
Destiny by Rico Cavallo
Black and white waterscapes photos
Photos of waterscapes, trees and so on are always beautiful and worthwhile to watch. It’s even better when they’re taken in black and white. The photographs below are taken by talented photographers using Long Exposure Photography, the method described earlier.
Reminiscence by Angelreich
The rabbit on the pier by Etchepare
The Infinite by Marc Adamus
Sudut pantai sanur_3 by Pistonbroke
Quiescence by Nilgun Kara
Rot in pieces by Nilgunkara
The line by Michel Rajkovic
The wall by Michel Rajkovic
I’m no longer here by WiciaQ
The Tower V2 by Michel Rajkovic
H…. by Denis2
Maidenhead Bridge by Angelreich
Industrial Landscape Study
Mont St Clair by Correaie
Miscellaneous black and white photography
This collection of black and white photographs are a combination of landscapes and the simple things of life which will communicate uniquely to inspire you. Apart from being inspirational, they appear serene and simple. This is because they were shot in black and white colors.
Dark ‘n’ Stormy by Steve Campbell
Unnamed Place by Angelreich
Volksvagen by Aykanozener
Growing Old Together by Lawrence DeDark
Dark Lake by xxbluecrystalxx
Black Pearl by Hellfirediva
The Veins2 by Recepgulec
Silence… by WiciaQ
Sarikampos beach… by Kaarmen
Agua by Andy Mumford
C a n o e. . by SerdarAKIN
Going through the field by Etoile06
Rhythm by Marinshe
Tunnel by Kleemass
::: my HOusE ::: by TwELveRN
Paradise Bay 03 by Pheelfresh
Wind on Rugged Shore by Wb-skinner
La Corniche II by `Pixydream
Hidra by La poupe
White Night by Kleemass
Think by Peewee82
Show Me The Way by `DenisOlivier
Struggle and flight by Northcumbria
Brume – Forest by Aiae
The path to your nightmares by Soczi