Phoneography Challenge: Black and White

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Phoneography Challenge
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Black and white may seem dated, but there are times that it works better than color to convey a feeling or create an atmosphere.  When you see a black and white photo, take a minute to examine how it makes you feel, then imagine the photo in color.  The atmosphere has changed with the addition of color.   Or try imagining a color photo in B&W.

I remember when all photos came only in black and white.  Color wasn’t an option, nor were being able to see your photos before printing them, deleting photos you didn’t like as soon as you saw them (which was not instantly) and editing didn’t take place on a laptop or phone.  You couldn’t drop by a store and get your photos printed while you waited.  I enjoy these advantages.  But even though it’s now easy to change a color photo to black and white, I also enjoy catching shots that are naturally black and white, such as my entry for this week.  Other than adding my name, the photo is unedited.


Other entries for the Phoneography Challenge this week are easily accessed by clicking on the highlighted words.  If you take photos with any sort of smartphone or iThing, feel free to join.  It’s a great group of photographers.

  1. I like the way this looks. Sometimes you think you’re getting a color photo and then voila! — a natural black & white! 🙂 I, too, remember the days that you had to wait to see which, if any, photos turned out. Some places were nice enough to take back the flubs and not charge you for them!

    • Linda, I like playing with shadows and they work so well in B&W, usually being that way naturally. When I get back, I want to use Picasa to see what some of my other photos look like in B&W and get used too seeing that possibility when I take a color photo as well, although with my iPhone, I can see it before taking it, so long as it’s not a moving shot!


  2. Angeline M says:

    Perfect black and white….wait, it is black and white. So true that some photos translate well and others just belong in the world of color.

  3. Steve says:

    Reminds me of the Pixar lamp.

  4. Joe Owens says:

    There is one particular black and white photo we have of our family and I still believe it is one of the best photos I have ever seen of my wife.

  5. Ryan says:

    Black and white is classic. I love b & w photos. There are magic in that kind of photos.

  6. Nice use of the B&W theme.

  7. So many circles and curves, so simple yet so provocative , good work!

  8. B&W can be very dramatic and striking. Sometimes details you wouldn’t see in color suddenly take on new importance. Subtle tones are always fun to play around with

  9. M. R. says:

    If my husband were still around, he’d punch your nose for that comment about B&W’s being dated. 😀 It was his favourite medium, by far! Now tell me: I’m a bit confused by this Challenge: I can’t work out where it originates – or, should I say, with whom. Enlighten me, Janet?

    • I wish he were still around, although not to punch me in the nose. However, I did say “might seem dated”, so no punching allowed. You’ll find the challenge on Sally’s site: The post comes out each Monday but repeats monthly so you know in advance what the theme will be. Will you be joining us?


      • M. R. says:

        Only if it is allowed to shoot in colour then render the result into monochrome. Chic’s Nikon Coolpix 5700 is with me still (of course!); but I’m so far from being a photographer that I have almost no idea of what I’m doing with it.

      • That’s allowed and what most people do. The other challenges can be in color. Join us; it’s fun.

      • M. R. says:

        Very well then, I shall!
        Now, a request: will you send me an email (my address is in my sidebar) so that I have yours – again, coz I don’t any more – and can send you photos and a description of what I intend re bread, please?

      • Heading over to your blog in a minute. Some things are too difficult to do on a phone!!


  10. Amy says:

    Wonderful capture of black and white, and no editing! Love the composition, lighting, and the perspective of the photo.

  11. Love the play with the shadows! 🙂 Black and white is very much about light and shadow too.

  12. It’s difficult now to get black and white picture without editing it 🙂 The world is too colorful 😀

  13. great imagery janet

  14. I entered one this time, black and white is near to me

  15. I think color would only have served to lessen the pic you chose.
    Great job,