Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black-and-White…mixed subjects

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Phoneography Challenge
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For many years, black-and-white was the only choice for photos.  Then color came onto the scene and many people never looked back.  But black-and-white can make a photo special, leading the viewer to focus on textures and shapes, rather than color.  The term “black-and-white” is somewhat misleading as greys and sometimes even sepia are included.  Ansel Adams is one of the well-known photographers who produced stunning photos using only B&W and now it’s not only possible but easy to convert digital photos from color to B&W through editing.

Sally, our Phoneography hostess, not only has wonderful photos, she has educated, poetic thoughts about photography as well as a weekly photography link.  You can also find the other entries for the week’s challenge on her blog, Lens and Pens by Sally, where this week’s challenge is posted.

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes.
But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”

~ Ted Grant


“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
~Ansel Adams


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
~Dorothea Lange

  1. Terrific quotes by all that I admire–the sconce steals my heart this week. I really like the subtle details revealed on the supports. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • Good morning, Sally. I love the scone, too. Oddly, it’s one of many similar ones found in the hospital where my husband had a procedure recently. The hospital is beautifully decorated and I was roaming the halls taking photos. 🙂


  2. We were so use to looking at pictures in black & white that we saw color. Especially on TV.

  3. Jan Morrill says:

    They’re both beautiful, but I like the flower best!

    • Good morning, Jan. Thanks for stopping by. I love that flower and have been waiting for just the right time to use it. The flowers and dead flowers and plants in fall have a beauty all their own. It’s especially interesting now in the parks as there are “leftovers” from fall and winter juxtaposed against the newly green and colorful grasses and flowers of spring.


  4. I love the quotes. I love both shots, Janet. They work well together! I especially like the lighting. Perfect post for launching the week! T.

    • Thanks, T. I hope your week is off to a great start. I’m back home, at least for a bit, and working away at things, including getting ready for our July trip. 🙂 How’s your article coming along?


  5. FireBonnet says:

    Oooo, love the flower. such great textures. It’s fun to see the shapes and texture without color. Nice!

    • Meghan, the best part of these photos is that they’re basically the way I took them. That flower was one I found in the fall and it looked like that. 🙂


  6. Angeline M says:

    Beautifully done in B&W, Janet. I love all of the quotes!

  7. Patricia says:

    I miss the entire process of B&W photography – the shooting, the developing the processing of the negatives — such wonderful times. I could spend 14 hours a day in a dark room , loving every minute of it. Shooting black & white is an entirely different approach than color – shame that more people never had the opportunity to experience its richness. By comparison, in my opinion, although interesting, the effects created digitally just aren’t the same, Fascinating, but not nearly as captivating and “pure in essence.”

    This being said, interesting images Janet – love the subtle play of shades and form, shape and texture.

    • If it makes you feel better, Patricia, these are naturally B&W and pretty much the only editing is framing and name. For most of the weeks that we have B&W as the theme, I use natural B&W photos So while I’m not spending time in the darkroom, I’m being as true to it as possible.


      • Patricia says:

        Well Janet – it’s wonderful to see these are the “old-fashioned” version via film — refreshing – but in all honesty, even if they had been “transformed digitally from color- to B&W” – they still hold a lovely appeal.

        Thanks for the additional info 🙂

  8. Your flower shot is amazing, Janet! It reminds me of a detailed pen and ink drawing. 🙂

  9. Suzanne says:

    great photos – I love the first one.

  10. livvy30 says:

    Love the flower shot!

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