52 Frames: Week 42:  Black and White Minimalism!

This week we’re combining two distinct genres to form Black and White Minimalism. Black and White photos, inherently feel a little minimalistic. Using a composition that’s minimalistic, like having negative space, really adds to this unique shooting style.

Simply doors, as interestingly as I could
Negative space

Black and White minimalism usually yields a very clean and clutter-free aesthetic. A strong subject will draw the viewer’s eye, and a lot of negative space around your subject will support the main “star” of your frame. 

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You can create minimalism with negative space, and you can also use light and shadow by only lighting your main subject and leaving the rest of the frame in shadow (low key) or by lighting your background bright as well to create a high-key look.

But, in particular for this challenge, do remember that: Less Is More 🙂

October landscape
  • Be Direct: Simple does not mean boring. try to tell a story and convey emotion with as little clutter as possible.
  • Negative Space: Take advantage of negative space. The “empty” space in your photo will draw the attention of the viewer towards the main subject, without being distracted by other items in the photo.
  • Leading Lines: Use concepts like leading lines to guide your viewer’s eye to the image.
  • Shoot in B/W: Many cameras have a black and white mode – use that to help make things simpler when previewing the shot you’ve just taken rather than having to post-process later.
  • Tones and Contrast: There are a multitude of shades and tonal ranges that can be adjusted to bring out depth and textures, especially in a Black And White shot. Consider adjusting those for different looks for your image.

Fishnet
Winter ribbon

Sweet little Tinka

My cat Tinka captured in black and white. She is so pretty!

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

– Charles Dickens

“There is something about the presence of a cat… that seems to take the bite out of being alone.” – Louis J. Camuti

Apples

I have played with my apple images.

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Shadow and light. Color and black and white.

Pink Tulips

I did this thing I edit a photo then, obviously, I try it in monochrome. Here is the outcome of these tulip shots.

Looking out the window

Sitting in the cafe and watching people in the street

CB&W~clouds

I went to look for clouds outside, but lately it has been just gray sky or like to today wonderful blue sky with no clouds. So I searched my archives. For these black and white shots/ edits of clouds.

Martins Beach in California

MM 4-9: Monochrome Madness

Here is my post for  MM 4-9: Monochrome Madness  a detail from a boat and spiderweb

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MM 4-1 – Alone

It is amazing how quickly time goes, three years has passed. Now the Forth year  will begin. I will try to learn more ways to express myself in my monochrome pictures.  Here is my entry Alone – my entry to Monochrome Madness 4-1Alone - Ritva Sillanmäki (2 of 2)

MM-3-49 – Hydrangea

My entry to  for this weeks Monochrome Madness is a photo from my back-yard .This wiltered flower of hydrangea was my pick for this week as I tooks photos for an other challange. It turned out so nicely into a black and white photograph.  #monochromemadness #Leannecole

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MM-3-48 -Miami South Beach

My entry to  for this weeks Monochrome Madness is a photo from my trip to south Beach Miami. I have been very slow in going through my photographs from my trip but here are several  of  Night lights  in Monochrome -check the link to see which I chose to send to Leanne.#monochromemadness #LeannecoleMiami South Beach- BW (2 of 7)

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Art Deco south Miami Beach. night-30

Study of a Gerbera in Monochrome

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I find gerbera to be a stylish and simple flower, I spent few moments taking photos from different angles and them trying to edit them into “Artistic”monochrome pictures.

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This is my this weeks entry to MM 3- 36 -trees

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I have been very, very lazy in participating  in Monochrome Madness and as the photos there are always so gorgeous, I am also very disappointed of my laziness. This week , well, here is my post for the challenge. I visited French Riviera early October and this is taken at there. This Original version can be found in color in by previous post Villefranche sur mer -rue Obscureritva-sillanmaki-rue-obscure

Corridor

Goa India, Panjim -corridor

Smiling

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Tired girl

This little girl got tired at shopping and fell a sleep on her mothers shoulder. So adorable. I did two version of this. I prefer the first, softer one…sleep – soft?
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Woman

I love taking photos of people. I try to capture a moment in the photo, A true feeling, not a plastic smile. I say this woman sitting and taking in the life around her – and took the shot. Black and white portraits are something I really enjoy. I have here the original photo in color and this final version. Do you agree with me that the BW has more magic in it?Maposa , Goa (91)-4

I have  here also the original photo, color crop, and first version in BW…what speaks to you the most, please let me know.