The Rock, Lighthouse and a Rose in Black and White

For those of you that have been following me, this post won’t be a surprise. I periodically post different captures from my black and white photography gallery with the reasons I think they stand out more using the black and white motif.

We’ll start with “The Rock”. I love this shot and showing it this way allows the detail of the rock itself to be highlighted.  The scene is unique unto itself with this huge rock structure, but it also emphasizes the white surf of the waves coming ashore.

Next is “Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2” which is located north of Seattle, Washington. By showing this in black and white, the architectural details stand out as the center of focus. The subtle lines along the lower level of the first and second floor become more obvious along with the same type of lines along the top of the tower and second floor. The window framing actually pops because it contrasts with the white stucco of the building itself, as does the roof and top of the lighthouse itself.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2

“The Unfolding Of Petals” is a perfect example of detail that “pops” out with the absence of color. The color photograph of this rose is stunning and no getting away from the brilliance of the color. Having said that,  I did this in black and white because the amount of detail that pops with the petals is intense,  from the actual shaping of the petals to the veining that shows on each petal.


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31 thoughts on “The Rock, Lighthouse and a Rose in Black and White

  1. milfordstreet

    I like black and white from time to time because it does all of the things you mention. Color distracts us from shapes and lines. It seems odd to see a flower in monochrome but it allows us to appreciate its beauty at another level.

  2. tiffanymendonca

    These are very stunning! Have always loved black and white photos. I do love how seeing these pictures in this contrast really makes details pop. Amazing work!

  3. Sue Slaght

    I recall the first time you explained why black and white could capture more detail than color in some cases Kirt. These examples certainly do. I have come to see the beauty in it. The first photos especially stunning. Hope this finds you well.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I had done a camellia bloom a few years ago and was blown away by the detail of the petals. On this rose I noticed some of this detail and thought I’d give it a shot in B&W….incredible detail for sure!

  4. Diane Henders

    Wow, amazing photos! I never would have thought to look at a rose in black and white – what spectacular detail. I also love the way the striations in the Rock echo the linear rhythm of the white surf!

  5. everythingtips

    what a wonderful masterpiece! it looks so realistic and i love the black and white choice of colors! thanks for sharing💞

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested! It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍


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