March Technical Challenge ~ Monochrome


Line breaks: mono|chrome

Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnəkrəʊm , mɒnə(ʊ)ˈkrəʊm

  • 1. A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.

  • 1.1 [MASS NOUN] Representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.

Black and white photography tends to hold such acclaim because, often colour can be a distraction within an image.  Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting, are all emphasised and accentuated within a black & white conversion.  Great monochromatic images use all these elements to create a memorable and evoking perception for the viewer.

Many artistic views see colour illustrating reality, where as black and white being an interpretation of reality, this image below truly interprets this I think, evoking a beautifully haunting feeling


Portraits look particularly striking when processed in black and white – really showing character in the subjects expressions.



The little girls hair blowing across her face is wonderfully highlighted by the black and white edit, it really punctuates a fleeting glance into her character. 1959652_10151905805620723_1605392893_n

The soft, warm diffused light prevalent  during the golden hour when the sun is at it lowest point, really can make your subject stand out sharply, all the while conjuring a magical feeling.  As depicted below.



The soft light of an overcast day can also bring out texture,  increasing contrast and saturation in an image is what adds such a stark variation of textures and intensity.


Textures look great in black and white, it adds great definition when a brick wall or old barn doors are converted into black and white.


The simplicity of these daisies in this image really makes punch in this high contrast black and white.

These examples below show how the high colour of the blanket in the colour image distracts from the depth and emotion is portrayed beautifully  in the black and white image.2 horizontal copy

With this image,  colour and flash of intense pink poka-dots really distracts form the feeling of movement in the black and white conversion – I believe you can really get a feel for her dancing freely.2-blog

Make your reality art, with your monochromatic images.

Lesley-Anne 🙂


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