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27 Black and White Landscape Images

Last week we posted an image collection containing some beautiful black and white portrait photography. This week a friend suggested a collection of black and white landscapes.

The Großglockner

At first I was a little hesitant – when I think of landscapes I have to admit lots of colour comes to mind – but the more I thought about it – the more I realised that it would make a great collection. So here are a few black and white landscapes to get your creative juices flowing!

Sunday means get together

Dusk

Groynes_revisited 2.0

May Afternoon on the Marshland in Black and White by Jim Crotty

Hidden Grove

Winter Tree

the tree yet again

Bryce Canyon Moonlight

Ripples

002alpes-n&b

Black and White Landscapes

#Mölle #nudebathing strand

The Summit

/ i_ \

not every man

She Wouldn't Say Why

Black & White

Sand Dunes B&W

pre-dawn beach

Festarfjall in black and white

Hacia "El Morado" 2.0

c a t a r a t a s d e l i g u a z u

Zero

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Clicknlearn

    Those are some great pictures! Haven’t thought if b&w for landscape.

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    Some awesome shots here! I try and post black and white photos every Saturday to change things up a bit on my site. Here’s one of my recent black and white landscapes – http://www.phogropathy.com/black-and-white-bridge-to-the-forest/

    Admittedly I’ve still got a lot to learn about black and white conversions.

  • http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com Jeff E Jensen

    Some excellent work here. I love the shots with the posts in the water. Thanks for the reminder that I have some images that have been patiently waiting for a B&W conversion. Here’s a couple of my favorites:

    http://blog.jeffejensenphotography.com/2012/03/black-and-white-landscapes.html

  • http://jimhuntphoto.com jim
  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    Lovely lovely pictures. Would you believe it? The pic I am leaving here, I clicked in color, it is just the landscape that feels like it is black and white!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/07/pictures-from-barog-himachal-pradesh.html

  • http://photos.rickscheibner.net Rick

    Really nice collection. A lot of different styles represented here.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sundseth/ Doug Sundseth

    Sometimes, when the sky really isn’t very good, black and white can be a decent solution:

    Tree on Liberty Rock

  • http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/ Alexx

    I’ve never tried b&w landscape, but today I plan on taking some b&w street photography. I don’t shoot in monochrome enough.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • http://jasoncollinphotography.com Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    Definitely a good idea to make some of one’s landscape shots black & white from time to time.

    The third photo from the top of the stars, moon and reflection stands out to me.

    This is a small collection of sepia landscapes of Pine Island, Florida I made on a visit to the island:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/11/27/florida-pine-island-sepia-landscapes.html

  • Rick Mays

    Ever seen a silver rainbow?

  • http://www.thelowcountryphotographer.com Shane Clevenger

    Can you say Ansel Adams? Got to love black and white landscapes!

  • Scottc

    These weekly series have become my favorite on DPS, a lot of inspiration in these photos.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4280952141/

  • http://photoluminary.com/ Rachael

    Beautiful black and white images! I am almost always a fan of color, but black and white can be stunning when used at the right time.

  • Kumar

    Some very beautiful pics; I like that you transcended your own notions on B&W landscapes; some pics stand out as B&W, but I believe a lot of them would still look more beautiful in color.

  • Rick

    I need to go back through my photos now and convert some to black and white to see how they look. I wouldn’t be surprised if some look better B&W that I have seen these…

  • http://itsfunkyhere.wordpress.com Mounira

    Best one the reflection of the moon…just magical…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/djkj Kartik

    Incidentally, I just added a black and white landscape of “Paradise” in Mt Rainier National Park. You are welcome to let me know your thoughts:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/djkj/6999980601/lightbox/

  • http://www.redbubble.com/people/philt Phil Thomson

    All excellent images and a diverse range of views & aspects. The B&W seems to add a lot more emotion and drama to most of the scenes. Being mostly a colour landscape man, myself, these are definitely inspirational and have changed my perspective on my shooting in some situations.

  • http://www.greenearth-landscapes.com Jordan

    All of these are absolutely glorious with a mystique color photos simply do not have. Now I want to try a few black and white shots myself – the starkness of the moon in black and white is better than any color photo I’ve seen.

  • Karrel Buck

    Can’t agree with all your picks. Why so many piers? Plus the dangling feet pix, though a cute idea is not good composition. My eye had to search for the feet but will not stay on them, opting for the scene below. I would reshoot with less eye catching distraction. Also that might work better in color because the harsh black of the silhouette is also unnatural

  • http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/5 Anotherphotographynoob

    Beautiful examples and great inspiration.

    Here is one of myown favorites:
    http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/travel-3/

  • http://www.casualeyephotography.com casualeye
  • http://jybphoto.com Joey Bouchard
  • http://www.stigenphoto.blogspot.com Holly Stigen

    This one was taken at the beginning of the month: http://stigenphoto.blogspot.com/2012/03/down-by-river-on-winter-day.html

  • Meiki

    Dear Darren – and all readers !
    Thank you for this excellent thread !
    As an “oldtimer” who started B&W homebrew photography fifty years ago my heart is always with black & white – therefore this thread is for me really a delight – especally the mountains pictures.
    And because for people like me (and not only) there is always the dilemma between black and white and color I have opened a group in flickr with the headline To bw or not to bw (in slight variation from Hamlet) where everyone is invited to post two versions of the same photo and let the public decide which one is preferable.
    Would be nice to meet you there !
    Meiki

  • Hassan Alsaffar

    Hello,
    These photos are like a day dream. They make you feel like flying over thus landscaoes.
    Keep it up :-)

  • Ed Law

    Really appreciate! Waterfalls in next to last > The way I think they look best .. no cotton candy, moving identifiable water.. oorah!!

  • http://havenone Jim Wilson

    These black and whites are beautiful. As a geographer (sort of, my college degree was in geography, but I didn’t stick with it for my career), i would certainly like to know the locations. Especially the one that looks like Mt Saint Michelle. Is it the one in France or across the channel in Cornwall?
    Years ago when I was using my Roleiflex and film, I had similar black and white experiences taking winter trees in snow in the US Midwest. Thanks, Jim Wilson

  • Eric

    You were hesitant to post pictures of black and white landscapes?!? Perhaps you have not heard of Ansel Adams…

  • John

    Wow…. I love black and white photography and these are amazing….. Thank you for sharing!

  • annemieke puckrin

    They are wonderful. No distraction of colour.

  • http://pivotal.zenfolio.com Ely Dennis

    Love those B/W images

  • http://www.richflansburgphotographs.zenfolio.com Rich Flansburg

    Great stuff. I’ve always loved B&W images, To me, they are so “authentic.” If you get a chance, check out my B&W images of Pt. Lobos, CA USA. And don’t forget all the Westons and Roman Loranc for great B&W.

  • Lillie

    These black and white picture are beautiful. I am new to all this, but I love taking pictures of clouds and flowers. Normally, I don’t take pictures in black and white but here a few I did today.

    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1684.JPG
    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1705.JPG
    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1713.JPG

  • Perpetra

    Very lovely shots indeed, just given me some ideas for this weekend

  • Bikram

    Great images, how do I get some info on the settings that were used to take these photos?

  • Lillie

    Thanks!! I am not sure….again I am new to this. I can see the information when I click on properities but I am not sure what to tell you. Can you tell me what I may need to do?

  • ArturoMar

    First, thank you for this great pictures.

    I would like to see this same pictures in all its magnificent colors so that one can appreciate the difference.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk Paul

    Love ‘em all……….. except maybe one that looks like it’s had an overdose of HDR!?

  • Lillie
  • Lillie

    Again as I am new to this I have no idea what HDRI is. Can you explain that to me?

  • BEN MENEZES

    THIS SERIES OF 27 BW PICTURES ARE 27 PAGES OF POETRY,27 SONGS OF LOVE,27 WAYS OF APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND 27 WAYS OF EXPRESSION OF HUMAN CAPACITY TO CAPTURE EMOTIONS! I THANK & SALUTE ALL PERSONS INVOLVED IN THIS. BEN.

  • http://www.andiwphotography.com Andi W

    Awesome shots.

  • chamill

    Hats off to the creators!
    And the shot of the feet over the water was special…I could go on and on about it. Taking pics like these is something to aspire to and gives us all hope we can take shot like these too.

  • kendy

    its lively photography.i am happy for the creative minds behind such great works

  • Kathleen Mekailek

    I love black and white landscapes. To me, it makes me concentrate on the little details that make the bigger picture- something I might have missed if I was busy looking at color.

Some older comments

  • Andi W

    August 25, 2013 07:45 pm

    Awesome shots.

  • BEN MENEZES

    December 16, 2012 04:15 pm

    THIS SERIES OF 27 BW PICTURES ARE 27 PAGES OF POETRY,27 SONGS OF LOVE,27 WAYS OF APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND 27 WAYS OF EXPRESSION OF HUMAN CAPACITY TO CAPTURE EMOTIONS! I THANK & SALUTE ALL PERSONS INVOLVED IN THIS. BEN.

  • Lillie

    April 8, 2012 03:48 am

    Again as I am new to this I have no idea what HDRI is. Can you explain that to me?

  • Lillie

    April 8, 2012 03:47 am

    The only one I actually have in color is this one......

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WP-9MeA8yK5AUowDAnRRyNNP8HJw4V83EDHEprQjz5g?feat=directlink

  • Paul

    April 6, 2012 12:21 am

    Love 'em all........... except maybe one that looks like it's had an overdose of HDR!?

  • ArturoMar

    April 4, 2012 11:19 am

    First, thank you for this great pictures.

    I would like to see this same pictures in all its magnificent colors so that one can appreciate the difference.

  • Lillie

    April 1, 2012 11:57 am

    Thanks!! I am not sure....again I am new to this. I can see the information when I click on properities but I am not sure what to tell you. Can you tell me what I may need to do?

  • Bikram

    March 31, 2012 08:56 am

    Great images, how do I get some info on the settings that were used to take these photos?

  • Perpetra

    March 30, 2012 05:51 pm

    Very lovely shots indeed, just given me some ideas for this weekend

  • Lillie

    March 30, 2012 12:16 pm

    These black and white picture are beautiful. I am new to all this, but I love taking pictures of clouds and flowers. Normally, I don't take pictures in black and white but here a few I did today.

    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1684.JPG
    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1705.JPG
    C:\Users\adam\Pictures\3-29-2012\100_1713.JPG

  • Rich Flansburg

    March 30, 2012 07:42 am

    Great stuff. I've always loved B&W images, To me, they are so "authentic." If you get a chance, check out my B&W images of Pt. Lobos, CA USA. And don't forget all the Westons and Roman Loranc for great B&W.

  • Ely Dennis

    March 30, 2012 06:53 am

    Love those B/W images

  • annemieke puckrin

    March 30, 2012 05:31 am

    They are wonderful. No distraction of colour.

  • John

    March 30, 2012 04:51 am

    Wow.... I love black and white photography and these are amazing..... Thank you for sharing!

  • Eric

    March 30, 2012 03:53 am

    You were hesitant to post pictures of black and white landscapes?!? Perhaps you have not heard of Ansel Adams...

  • Jim Wilson

    March 30, 2012 03:37 am

    These black and whites are beautiful. As a geographer (sort of, my college degree was in geography, but I didn't stick with it for my career), i would certainly like to know the locations. Especially the one that looks like Mt Saint Michelle. Is it the one in France or across the channel in Cornwall?
    Years ago when I was using my Roleiflex and film, I had similar black and white experiences taking winter trees in snow in the US Midwest. Thanks, Jim Wilson

  • Ed Law

    March 30, 2012 03:26 am

    Really appreciate! Waterfalls in next to last > The way I think they look best .. no cotton candy, moving identifiable water.. oorah!!

  • Hassan Alsaffar

    March 30, 2012 03:16 am

    Hello,
    These photos are like a day dream. They make you feel like flying over thus landscaoes.
    Keep it up :-)

  • Meiki

    March 30, 2012 02:24 am

    Dear Darren - and all readers !
    Thank you for this excellent thread !
    As an "oldtimer" who started B&W homebrew photography fifty years ago my heart is always with black & white - therefore this thread is for me really a delight - especally the mountains pictures.
    And because for people like me (and not only) there is always the dilemma between black and white and color I have opened a group in flickr with the headline To bw or not to bw (in slight variation from Hamlet) where everyone is invited to post two versions of the same photo and let the public decide which one is preferable.
    Would be nice to meet you there !
    Meiki

  • Holly Stigen

    March 27, 2012 11:50 pm

    This one was taken at the beginning of the month: http://stigenphoto.blogspot.com/2012/03/down-by-river-on-winter-day.html

  • Joey Bouchard

    March 27, 2012 11:23 pm

    My Latest

    http://knjphotography.deviantart.com/#/d4u5wpn

  • casualeye

    March 27, 2012 12:27 pm

    Love bw...great thread :)

    My two bits: http://casualeye.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d4qbhe2

  • Anotherphotographynoob

    March 27, 2012 08:01 am

    Beautiful examples and great inspiration.

    Here is one of myown favorites:
    http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/travel-3/

  • Karrel Buck

    March 25, 2012 10:53 pm

    Can't agree with all your picks. Why so many piers? Plus the dangling feet pix, though a cute idea is not good composition. My eye had to search for the feet but will not stay on them, opting for the scene below. I would reshoot with less eye catching distraction. Also that might work better in color because the harsh black of the silhouette is also unnatural

  • Jordan

    March 25, 2012 01:04 pm

    All of these are absolutely glorious with a mystique color photos simply do not have. Now I want to try a few black and white shots myself - the starkness of the moon in black and white is better than any color photo I've seen.

  • Phil Thomson

    March 25, 2012 08:41 am

    All excellent images and a diverse range of views & aspects. The B&W seems to add a lot more emotion and drama to most of the scenes. Being mostly a colour landscape man, myself, these are definitely inspirational and have changed my perspective on my shooting in some situations.

  • Kartik

    March 25, 2012 08:11 am

    Incidentally, I just added a black and white landscape of "Paradise" in Mt Rainier National Park. You are welcome to let me know your thoughts:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/djkj/6999980601/lightbox/

  • Mounira

    March 25, 2012 01:41 am

    Best one the reflection of the moon...just magical...

  • Rick

    March 24, 2012 11:43 pm

    I need to go back through my photos now and convert some to black and white to see how they look. I wouldn't be surprised if some look better B&W that I have seen these...

  • Kumar

    March 24, 2012 10:15 pm

    Some very beautiful pics; I like that you transcended your own notions on B&W landscapes; some pics stand out as B&W, but I believe a lot of them would still look more beautiful in color.

  • Rachael

    March 24, 2012 06:11 pm

    Beautiful black and white images! I am almost always a fan of color, but black and white can be stunning when used at the right time.

  • Scottc

    March 24, 2012 08:17 am

    These weekly series have become my favorite on DPS, a lot of inspiration in these photos.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4280952141/

  • Shane Clevenger

    March 24, 2012 06:07 am

    Can you say Ansel Adams? Got to love black and white landscapes!

  • Rick Mays

    March 24, 2012 05:58 am

    Ever seen a silver rainbow?

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    March 24, 2012 05:48 am

    Definitely a good idea to make some of one's landscape shots black & white from time to time.

    The third photo from the top of the stars, moon and reflection stands out to me.

    This is a small collection of sepia landscapes of Pine Island, Florida I made on a visit to the island:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/11/27/florida-pine-island-sepia-landscapes.html

  • Alexx

    March 24, 2012 04:00 am

    I've never tried b&w landscape, but today I plan on taking some b&w street photography. I don't shoot in monochrome enough.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Doug Sundseth

    March 24, 2012 02:59 am

    Sometimes, when the sky really isn't very good, black and white can be a decent solution:

    Tree on Liberty Rock

  • Rick

    March 24, 2012 02:58 am

    Really nice collection. A lot of different styles represented here.

  • Mridula

    March 24, 2012 02:47 am

    Lovely lovely pictures. Would you believe it? The pic I am leaving here, I clicked in color, it is just the landscape that feels like it is black and white!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/07/pictures-from-barog-himachal-pradesh.html

  • jim

    March 24, 2012 02:26 am

    Really impressive collection again. Here's a couple of mine...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/6109210475/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/5659598801/in/photostream

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 24, 2012 02:10 am

    Some excellent work here. I love the shots with the posts in the water. Thanks for the reminder that I have some images that have been patiently waiting for a B&W conversion. Here's a couple of my favorites:

    http://blog.jeffejensenphotography.com/2012/03/black-and-white-landscapes.html

  • John

    March 24, 2012 02:08 am

    Some awesome shots here! I try and post black and white photos every Saturday to change things up a bit on my site. Here's one of my recent black and white landscapes - http://www.phogropathy.com/black-and-white-bridge-to-the-forest/

    Admittedly I've still got a lot to learn about black and white conversions.

  • Clicknlearn

    March 24, 2012 02:02 am

    Those are some great pictures! Haven't thought if b&w for landscape.

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