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Black and White Landscapes: Weekly Photogrpahy Challenge

Groynes_revisited 2.0Earlier today we published a collection of 27 Black and White Landscape images. So it seemed appropriate to make this weeks challenge on that theme – Black and White Landscapes.

While black and white might not necessarily always come to mind for landscapes I think it’s a great challenge to play around with. Taking colour out of the equation forces a photographer to think about other elements – their composition, texture, tone, light and shadow and more.

If you’re not able to get out into a rural area this week to take your shot – we don’t mind if your landscape is more of an urban landscape – in fact there’s great potential in some black and white cityscapes too.

Once you’ve selected the ‘Black and White Landscape’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

Remember these challenges are not just about finding pictures in your archives to share – we’d really love to see you getting out your camera and taking a new photo – after all that’s what dPS is about, helping you take better shots rather than just celebrating past shots.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSBWLANDSCAPE to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Black and White Portraits challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

Further Reading on Black and White and Landscape Photography

Happy Shooting!

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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+.

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  • Joey Bouchard

    April 14, 2012 11:28 pm

    My Submission

  • Jhad

    April 13, 2012 02:00 am

    Little creek in Oulu.
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  • Kumar

    April 8, 2012 10:57 am

    Not sure if it is me or the website but cannot seem to upload the image in comment section, therefore just leaving the link here. Thanks for the idea of B&W landscape:

  • Kumar

    April 8, 2012 10:48 am

    View of a pond in Ubud, Bali

  • Katie

    April 6, 2012 05:41 pm

  • Adi

    April 4, 2012 07:12 pm

    Please do let me know your feedback,
    Thanks for visiting!

  • Jim

    April 4, 2012 09:02 am

    not much around here in way of interesting landscapes
    basically sub-division central
    lots of old barns and garages though
    hopefully that is a future challenge

  • Natalie

    April 4, 2012 01:33 am

    This one was taken in Cambodia. I hope it'll fit.

  • Javier de la Peña

    April 3, 2012 11:45 pm

  • Biomech

    April 3, 2012 09:17 pm

    Thought I'd give it a bash, there are better ones on my site but this was closest to hand :)

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  • Melissa

    April 3, 2012 08:50 pm

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  • Melissa

    April 3, 2012 08:49 pm

    I finally get to participate. I was out and about Saturday........[eimg link='' title='IMG_4994' url='']

  • Jakob

    April 2, 2012 07:39 pm


  • Jeanne

    April 2, 2012 12:27 pm

    Love this challenge. I don't often shoot in black and white.

  • Iulia

    April 2, 2012 04:19 am

  • RookieSLR

    April 2, 2012 02:20 am

    Hi folks,

    This is an image from my old Flickr page, I took this with a point and shoot camera, and just turned it black and white:



  • Latashia Martin

    April 1, 2012 11:56 pm

    I really love black and white so I was excited about this challenge.

  • PFinnegan

    April 1, 2012 10:05 pm

    Sunrise at the wind farm construction is a beautiful array of colour but turns out it looks pretty good in black and white also.

  • Jess

    April 1, 2012 04:47 pm

    These are just from my drive in the country this weekend.

    Abandoned -

    Open Road -

  • Mark Stadsklev

    April 1, 2012 02:33 pm

    Here is my black and white scenic from the near by frozen waterfall. While most of you are taking photos of flowers coming up, I'm waiting for the foot of thick ice to melt from my driveway in Alaska. Here is my image of the frozen waterfall on Eagle River.

  • Caroline32

    April 1, 2012 12:01 pm

    Walked thru my local Conservation Park !!

  • Corey J. Eaton

    April 1, 2012 11:49 am

  • N64

    April 1, 2012 09:46 am

    Visited a beautiful grassy knoll today. Couldn't pass up on taking this picture. I thought the lighting and shadows made for a great black and white picture.

  • AbbyNormal

    April 1, 2012 09:12 am

    New York Skyline

  • pictureperfect

    April 1, 2012 04:45 am

    Walt Disney World's Epcot ball....taken from the "country" of Italy.

  • Colin

    March 31, 2012 11:59 am

  • Colin

    March 31, 2012 11:48 am

  • Kyle Franklin Neuberger

    March 31, 2012 11:40 am

    It is a rare moment when such a heavy frost would appear without snow on the ground already, and that is what happened on this particular day. I knew the frost on the trees and the dark, organic soil could make an intriguing black and white composition:

  • BrendanOSullivan

    March 31, 2012 07:58 am

    I took this photo this morning while out mountain biking in Ballyhoura

  • kevin johnson

    March 30, 2012 11:51 pm

  • kevin johnson

    March 30, 2012 11:47 pm

    taken in a field in hawkinge kent england.

  • Albert

    March 30, 2012 08:50 pm

    Beautiful regional Parc in Montreal

  • rollcast

    March 30, 2012 12:57 pm

    Sorry, the first one didn't take you directly to my B&W...

  • rollcast

    March 30, 2012 12:34 pm

    First post...hope you enjoy it.

  • Francine Gassette

    March 30, 2012 12:19 pm

    Here is mine called Country Scenes:

  • Girish

    March 30, 2012 11:43 am

  • Sheeba

    March 30, 2012 10:54 am

  • Sheeba

    March 30, 2012 10:53 am

    Hiking trails .. Black and white ..

  • Anthony

    March 30, 2012 10:19 am

  • Colm

    March 30, 2012 07:32 am

    Here's my photo of beach huts:

  • Perdita

    March 30, 2012 05:45 am

    here you are the latest entry in my blog, just a Black and White landscapes,

  • Scott Nichols

    March 30, 2012 05:15 am

  • Brandie Bell

    March 30, 2012 01:51 am

    Here is mine, Taken in Malibu Creek State Park

  • Damon

    March 29, 2012 04:44 pm

    One of the Swiss Alps from Vevey.

  • Gregory Pleau

    March 29, 2012 12:04 pm

    Not sure I'm doing this right. Here's a direct link to mine

  • Melli

    March 29, 2012 02:38 am

    I do not do a lot of black and white landscapes, but this is one of the recent images I posted.

  • Sid

    March 28, 2012 10:13 am

    Here are some from my latest blog:

  • Matt

    March 28, 2012 05:30 am

  • Matt

    March 28, 2012 05:29 am


  • flashcurd

    March 28, 2012 03:12 am

    Oops, perhaps this link may be better

  • flashcurd

    March 28, 2012 03:11 am

  • Richard Linton

    March 28, 2012 02:03 am

    A nighttime sky and landscape of a Northern Wisconsin lake in late fall. The stars are reflected in the still lake (I call this image, "Big Dipper, Big Dipper")

  • Ram

    March 27, 2012 09:49 pm

    wetland.. shot just before sunrise


  • Kerry Sellers

    March 27, 2012 09:33 pm

    taken at Bur Jissah OMAN

  • Daniele Fattori

    March 27, 2012 09:03 pm

    Porec, Croatia:

  • Dave Mercer

    March 27, 2012 07:16 pm

    You can see one of my favorites here

  • Snappyskier

    March 27, 2012 07:12 pm

    From my window - love living here

  • Lara

    March 27, 2012 06:23 pm

    I went on a rare trip to the beach with some friends and snapped these shots. I couldn't decide if I preferred them in black and white or colour.

  • raghavendra

    March 27, 2012 06:00 pm

    i have recently taken a picture of kids feeding the goat.

  • Anders Bohlin

    March 27, 2012 05:10 pm

  • Mainak Biswas

    March 27, 2012 05:00 pm

    i have a few black and white pics on my blog. here is the link --

    hope u like it..

  • Wayne Crannell

    March 27, 2012 03:04 pm

    Well, I'm feeling a little amateurish amongst the pros here, but here's a black and white from the Orkney Islands in Scotland:

  • Cecile Wessels

    March 27, 2012 01:57 pm

    my first real attempt at black and white.!page=1&ui=6417897994f2f50a8391f9&u=aHR0cDovL2kuaW1hZ2VjYWNoZS5jby9tZW1iZXJkYXRhLzE1MTcvNzAweDcwMF93bV84MF9zb3V0aF81MF8yXzE1MTcxMzI4NTAwODEwOTMzMF8xNjk2MjcyNjM0LmpwZw%3D%3D

  • Dominique

    March 27, 2012 01:45 pm

    Building castles in the sky. Chicago's Hancock Building.

  • Ashwinth

    March 27, 2012 01:02 pm

    I would like to sumbit this image :

  • Tim Screw

    March 27, 2012 12:52 pm

  • Moryl

    March 27, 2012 12:40 pm

    My entry!

  • Dave Rachow

    March 27, 2012 12:35 pm

  • Marcel

    March 27, 2012 12:34 pm

  • swmpwitch

    March 27, 2012 12:28 pm

    I had this enlarged and framed for a lawyer friend - He wanted to hang it in his office- He owes me now lol-always good to have a lawyer owe ya. I have a smaller one on the photowall in my office

  • Blair

    March 27, 2012 12:21 pm

  • Erich Morse

    March 27, 2012 12:12 pm


  • Catherine

    March 27, 2012 12:09 pm

    Taken in Hilton Head Island a week ago.

  • Siobhan

    March 27, 2012 12:02 pm

    Here is one of mine also:

  • Becca Sullivan

    March 27, 2012 12:01 pm

  • Larissa Andrews

    March 27, 2012 11:59 am

    This is a B&W image of Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia.

  • Siobhan

    March 27, 2012 11:58 am

    An all time favourite taken by my other half: I feel it speaks for itself!

  • dhonz

    March 27, 2012 11:51 am

  • Melissa A

    March 27, 2012 11:47 am

    Down on the Farm

  • Bernhard Huber

    March 27, 2012 09:16 am

    Just a picture from my last skiing vacation at st anton am arlberg

  • Amy

    March 27, 2012 08:40 am

    Taken a year ago in a boat of the coast of Puerto Rico in The Canaries.(:

  • Ed van Loon

    March 27, 2012 08:39 am

    Coast of the Netherlands. These poles keep the dunes save.

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  • Anotherphotographynoob

    March 27, 2012 07:39 am

    Not in the competition due to the date og the shot, about a month ago. Still, definitely some of my favorites: (especially the last one)

    Lovely shots around here, great inspiration!

  • Fonk

    March 27, 2012 05:30 am

    Hopefully I'm not to late - can't tell what the dates are from the post... Anyway, here's a B&W version of a landscape I shot over the weekend. The image attachment tool isn't working (just asks for a web URL), so I just uploaded to 500px. Here's the link:

  • Ted Lee

    March 27, 2012 02:12 am

    a shot of the las vegas strip

    and one of the san francisco skyline / bay bridge

  • Muggs

    March 26, 2012 11:35 pm

    OK, can't attach an image. here's a link.

  • Muggs

    March 26, 2012 11:32 pm

    I don't seem to be showing up in the comments!

  • Peter Bros Nissen

    March 26, 2012 09:19 pm

    Shot on a day with a lot of fog.

  • Saghir A. Khatri

    March 26, 2012 08:35 pm

  • AnZanov

    March 26, 2012 06:27 pm

    My 2 cents:

    I discovered that B/W is very powerful with mountain landscapes!

  • Scapevision

    March 26, 2012 04:51 pm

    A couple more

  • Scapevision

    March 26, 2012 04:14 pm

  • Dale

    March 26, 2012 03:26 pm

    Here's two I took last week on a foggy morning. Mysterious.

  • Jessica Lee

    March 26, 2012 02:39 pm

    Here are few of my Black and White Panoramic Lanscapes.


  • jim

    March 26, 2012 01:12 pm

    From a top of an abandoned building in Detroit...

  • Tammy

    March 26, 2012 11:35 am

    @Mossino Belloni. That is a beautiful photograph. I love it!

  • Andrés Gutiérrez

    March 26, 2012 11:26 am

    Canon 600D, f22, 1/4 sec, ISO 100, Exp: -5 steps, 18mm

  • Patrick

    March 26, 2012 10:52 am

    Viewpoint at Caesars Head State Park. Taken during an overcast morning.

  • Laura

    March 26, 2012 09:44 am Rainy day in Hollywood.

  • Massimo Belloni

    March 26, 2012 08:59 am

    This is a picture which was selected by 1X too...

  • Denis

    March 26, 2012 06:33 am

    Early Spring is no very inspiring for me, in Québec. Everything is dirty and seems dead. It is why I chose to show a photo I took last Fall.

  • Jey_K

    March 26, 2012 05:03 am

  • keith garcia

    March 26, 2012 04:33 am

    This is my first time to join.

    here is the link for my photo:

  • Beygan

    March 26, 2012 03:45 am

    This is on a river side...

  • tstockton

    March 26, 2012 01:24 am

    Bay Ocean, OR

  • Steve B

    March 26, 2012 01:11 am

    This was the day before a hurricane was supposed to hit. We weren't hit badly this time, but the weather was interesting for a while.

  • Thomas G.

    March 26, 2012 12:43 am

    Overlooking the Charleston Harbor

  • Mark Cacovic

    March 25, 2012 03:47 pm

    Taken today down by the seaside::

  • Mark Cacovic

    March 25, 2012 03:46 pm

    Taken today down by the seaside:

  • bryan

    March 25, 2012 02:10 pm

    check mine out please!

    shore landscape at night!


    A walk through the woods!

    Feedback would be appreciated :)

  • Gert

    March 25, 2012 01:50 pm

    I am more of a people's photographer, but I do enjoy the odd landscape. This was one was done during a shoot on a deserted beach very early in the morning:

  • David Silverman

    March 25, 2012 12:41 pm

  • Patrick Chondon

    March 25, 2012 12:19 pm

  • Steve Perry

    March 25, 2012 10:06 am

    Not quite sure if this counts as landscape. Perhaps it is more cityscape.

  • Adam

    March 25, 2012 07:05 am

    A recent shot.

  • Seb

    March 25, 2012 06:13 am

    The drowned forest :

  • Alexx

    March 25, 2012 05:41 am

    Mine are on here.

  • Gordon McKinlay

    March 25, 2012 04:13 am

    We were out for a walk today along the shore in Ayr on the West coast of Scotland. Although it was quite misty it was warm and Scots are pretty hardy creatures anyway!

    So this is my b&w landscape for this week's challenge.

  • PetrK

    March 25, 2012 02:54 am

    Frostly morning:

  • Gabriele

    March 25, 2012 02:34 am

    Here my B&W view of Mantanani Island..

  • Steve Perry

    March 24, 2012 11:39 pm

    Although this is not a recent photo, this is one of my favourite black and whites. You can check it out here.[img]

  • steve slater

    March 24, 2012 11:21 pm

    Trying to be a bit different this is a black and white landscape, in hdr, seen through a window

  • Edwin

    March 24, 2012 08:11 pm

    A snowy landscape from last month converted to Black an White with Nik Silver Efex Pro.

  • Ganesh Senthi

    March 24, 2012 06:29 pm

    I'm not the best photographer but I have always liked the way the sea kinda looked on fire and bright in this one I took.

  • gezz farrar

    March 24, 2012 04:51 pm

    this was taken at Spurn Point nr Hull (uk)

  • Keely

    March 24, 2012 03:21 pm

    Here are two I'm not too embarrassed to share.

  • Kenny

    March 24, 2012 02:35 pm

    A panoramic photo

  • Richard Hall

    March 24, 2012 12:17 pm

    here is my effort

  • S. E. Calbero

    March 24, 2012 12:13 pm

    I was just playing around with this one, but I kinda like it. Its of Shilshole bay in Seattle.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    March 24, 2012 12:06 pm

    Seascape landscapes in sepia of Pine Island, Florida at dusk:

  • FedericoC

    March 24, 2012 12:01 pm

    I always enjoyed producing black and white landscape pictures.. Ansel Adams rules! ;)

  • Mike C

    March 24, 2012 10:55 am

    This photo is part of 2 acres of trees planted in the 1800's in rows - each row is about 200 yards long

  • H. William Lewis

    March 24, 2012 10:24 am

    Landscape shot inspired by Clyde Butcher's work.

  • Ashley

    March 24, 2012 09:33 am

    Out on a boat... maybe I'll try a black and white seascape?

    But here's one from last month:

  • Rob Arnold

    March 24, 2012 09:12 am

    His some of my better ones, I think!

  • Tom O'Connor

    March 24, 2012 08:45 am

    Here are two of my fave B&W landscape shots:

  • Cathy

    March 24, 2012 08:40 am

    opps sorry guys here's the link

  • Cathy

    March 24, 2012 08:39 am

    Black & whites are my favorite to do,along with landscape.Here's one of a cover bridge that Ohio is best known for.

  • Colin Chipchase

    March 24, 2012 08:20 am

    Loch Lomond, Scotland.

  • Scottc

    March 24, 2012 08:15 am

    While it's still cold in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere......

  • Barry

    March 24, 2012 08:03 am

    While I head out in search of some new interesting landscape shots, here are a couple that I am pretty proud of.

  • Jarrod Marshall

    March 24, 2012 07:58 am

    Here is my entry - a sunrise in Tennessee at the Narrows of the Harpeth.

    Narrows of the Harpeth

  • jim

    March 24, 2012 07:42 am

    I will take part in this!

  • Jessica Peters

    March 24, 2012 07:29 am

    Here is a blog post I did of black and white night photography, all landscape / cityscapes

  • david

    March 24, 2012 06:52 am

    Taken a few years ago:

  • Mridula

    March 24, 2012 06:43 am

    Here is my entry from my recent visit to Goa.

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 24, 2012 06:29 am

    Awesome, this gives me a good excuse to get my butt out of bed early tomorrow!

    Here's a few of my favorites:

  • David

    March 24, 2012 06:24 am

    I have one here just so you know you spelt photography wrong on title.

  • Tim

    March 24, 2012 06:23 am

    Bangkok state of mind

  • Wrenchead

    March 24, 2012 06:19 am

    A lonely path winding its way through the mountains.

  • Wrenchead

    March 24, 2012 06:18 am

    The high himalayas in black and white.

  • AJBopp

    March 24, 2012 06:14 am

    I enjoy black and white landscapes but admit I need more practice at it. Still, here's a couple of mine that I'm pleased with, especially the first one.

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