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Top 8 Black and White Landscape Photography

Updated on April 14, 2011

Black and white photography esp. black and white landscape photography has its own mysterious charm. Perhaps it's the dramatic effect.  Perhaps it makes you feel you are back in time somewhere, sometime and it solicits within your soul a quietness and solitude.  

The heart longs to capture treasured moments that bring you closer to your divinity.  Perhaps there is that recognition and awed wonder that you would like to hold close, less it eludes you.  You can look at a photo, close your eyes and allow your senses to open up.  You feel the winds caress your face, or the smell of the earth tickling your nostrils, or the rough sand caressing the soles of your feet.  Ahhh, you breathe in the water spray as it wets your face and you raise your hands in joyful celebration of the wonder of nature.

Here are eight of my favorite landscape photographs (in no particular order) with a little bio of these fine and wonderful photographers.  In these photos, you will feel their soul calling out to you to view life in a very special way.  Their website links have been posted to view more of their work.  Enjoy and blessings!

Photograph by Clyde Butcher

Crystal River
Crystal River

Clyde Butcher's son was killed by a drunk driver and to the wilderness he fled to find his peace and balance.  The experience was very spiritual and nature helped restore his soul.  This seemingly painful event led to the discovery of the wondrous beauty of the environment.  With a reinforced dedication, he used his art form of photography to inspire others to take care of our earth either as a place for sanctuary and for the future generation to enjoy.

Website: http://www.clydebutcher.com

Photograph by Bob Hudak

Bob Hudak, who became a pilot at age 18, turned to photography when he became disillusioned with his occupation as an air taxi operator. Teaching himself photography, he began working for various publications for travel and supplying agencies with photos that were used for advertising. Further commercial work led him to do architectural, yacht and aerial photography.

In 1994, he left commercial photography and concentrated on his personal vision. His love for outdoors led him to black and white landscape photography, which became his sole expression for the next 13 years. Working with an 8 x 10 view camera and printing in a conventional "wet" darkroom his photographs are centered on the landscape and abstracts of the natural world.

Website: http://www.bobhudak.com

Photograph by Marty Knapp

SEPTEMBER SUNSET: An autumn sunset lights up the wet sands near the rocky point at McClures Beach.
SEPTEMBER SUNSET: An autumn sunset lights up the wet sands near the rocky point at McClures Beach.

Marty Knapp began landscape photography in 1986 and since then have made fine art photography his life's work. He still remembers the first camera he had on his eleventh birthday, a gift from his grandfather. He fell in love with it and has never stopped loving the magic of cameras.

In his own words, "The purpose of my art is to express my feelings and reactions to the beauty of the world as it is revealed by light... I let the light lead me, and I slow down until I am called, until… I am truly feeling and seeing my photograph. Only then do I attempt to express this space and time on film..."

Website: http://martyknapp.com

Photography by Michael Mironov

Karelia, skerries of the lake Ladoga
Karelia, skerries of the lake Ladoga

Michael Mironov believes that black and white photos is eye-catching and mysterious. He started his black and white photography since 2004 and he uses this to reflect the world on paper- in a very interesting way. He captures black and white landscape using long exposure. This paves the way for a dramatic effect.

Website:  http://www.michaelmironov.com

Photograph by Tony Howell

Stormy Sky, Groynes, Sand--  Berrow, Somerset, England
Stormy Sky, Groynes, Sand-- Berrow, Somerset, England

Tony Howell, one of England's best-known landscape photographers, is known for his simple, uncluttered compositions that has the elements of peace and stillness due to his deep love of the land. He started looking at the world with new eyes when his father gave his his first Kodak Instamatic at age 18.

This artist says, "I'm in awe of God's creation and try to express this joy and peace in my images. I just love the natural world...concentrate on beauty and it infuses your life. It's often a spiritual experience that lifts me higher..."

Website: http://www.tonyhowell.co.uk

Photograph by Giles Norman

Rock formations on a Donegal beach, Ireland, 1995.
Rock formations on a Donegal beach, Ireland, 1995.

Giles Norman's school project provided him his first opportunity to use his camera. This was the turning point in his life and when he was 18 (1981), he begun creating his first portfolios. He developed his own distinctive style of black and white photography and successfully sold his artwork in Ireland.

Because of this, he was able to open a black and white photography gallery and gained recognition as one of Ireland's leading black and white photographers.  His latest gallery--The Giles Norman Dublin Gallery was opened in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in 1994.   

Website: http://www.gilesnorman.com

Photograph by Steve Shames

Donner Lake, in the Sierras
Donner Lake, in the Sierras

As a young kid growing up in the country, Steve Shames, would recall wondering why her mom would be taking pictures of old barns. Her response that it had a certain charm about it which probably paved the way for him to notice this charm around him. He took several college courses in photography and after several trips to Africa began opening up to the joy of capturing moments in time on film.

During his black and white phase, Kodak HIE infrared film was his favorite.

Website: http://www.steveshamesphotos.com

Photograph by Stephen Krieg

 Ganoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania
Ganoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

Steve Krieg, a fine art landscape art landscape and nature photographer, is a native of northern Pennsylvania's rural Allegheny Plateau. It is in this place where he grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, and dirt biking in these forests. he developed a love of photography early on and brought with him his camera during his explorations of these magnificent woods and streams.

He claims to be a longtime darkroom nut but nowadays he is most interested in the "digital darkroom" working on his photographs in the daylight of his home studio in the country, instead of the dark.  His fascination includes: making archival fine art landscape prints on the most current giclee (this means high end inkjet) printers.

Website: http://www.naturalmoment.com

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Photography is a wonderful tool to capture the beautiful moments in time. Perhaps if you bring a camera with you, you will begin to look at life in a different way. Try zooming your lens to capture the intricacies of a leaf or the bark of a tree or an ant crawling on the ground or the smiles of your child or the sprawling meadows where the mountains lay far beyond.

It makes you wonder and suddenly the world becomes one fascinating, holy ground.

By: Michelle Simtoco

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      catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

      Love black and white photography, it has a special character. Great hub and great photos - thank you for sharing.

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      Michael Giggs 4 years ago from London

      Some lovely black and white work there :)

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Indeed, there something magical about B&W landscape shots. Thanks for sharing!

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      sampe 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Nice pictures! There is just something about black & white photography that is so amazing.

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      hero414 5 years ago

      To me black and white photography is about the viewer. By stripping out the color, we reveal the naked emotion under the scene. It is our own reaction that makes the photo valuable to us. I like black and white photography for what it tells me about myself.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Joel, author

      http://hongkonghonky.blogspot.com

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      travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Good article about b&w photography. I liked the photos too! However, I have noticed that you have only included photos on nature landspaces. Although landscapes are ofcourse amazing and powerful, b&w photography in urban settings and of people can also be pretty awesome! Thanx for the article!

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      SinghRajput 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice collection and pointers to Landscape Photography...

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      travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Wow... that's a great collection of b&W landscape photography!!! I love landscape photography, be it color or b&w. Im an amateur photographer as well. If you have time, i'd love it if you could check out my shots as well at https://hubpages.com/travel/Top-photography-locati...

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      wedphot1888 5 years ago

      Those first two could almost be paintings. What a great collection!

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      bdmatboard 5 years ago from Michigan

      I find all photos awesome! All of them is clear and neat.

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      photobackdrop 5 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful captures! I love black and white photography!

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      SpencerPhoenix 5 years ago

      It's just amazing the amount of detail you can get with black and white photos. The magic of catching a single moment in time and bring out such life and character with each photo. Very well done.

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      stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Wonderful hub! I love those photos & enjoyed how you gave us some background on the photographer. I think the Ganoga Falls is my favorite of them all.

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      Cashbackshopper 6 years ago

      Great hub I love black and white photography enjoyed your Hub

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Tremendous photos, inspiring in approach, exciting in content...

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What beautiful photos, so peaceful and inspiring. Black and white photos have a special charm all of their own.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      As I browsed through these photos again I felt grateful for nature and all of you who love nature, black and white photography and for taking the time to comment here. Love and blessings. :)

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      real-image 6 years ago from West midlands

      maybe the reason its so beautiful and interesting is because it's hiding the colour which allows us to use our imagination :)

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      Christopher_Hall 6 years ago from Rotherham

      Wow, Amazing! I love Black & White photography

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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

      There is just something about black and white photos. I like lake Ladoga

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      Be-Inspired 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great hub. Black and whites images have a magic all of their own.

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      Errol Kane 6 years ago

      I concur with Ms Henkel, your photo's are wonderfully and magnificently beautiful and awe inspiring with a few of my own words added. Life is in color however, I prefer Blk&Wht. I have been shooting for 40 years now and I still love it.

      Oh, I see Ms Henkel above, had a Brownie when she was a child. A camera you hold at waiste level to shoot. My father had one that I used to play with when I was a child. I wish I knew back then what a wonderful piece of equipment I had. I couldn't figure the thing out at 6 years of age. I only realized what it was when I was grown, my father confirmed it for me.

      Nice job Rip.

      Have to vote up for it and useful, awesome and beautiful

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      drperetz 6 years ago

      great images. too bad they are not 35mm film.

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      Trevor Cowan 6 years ago

      When I first started taking photos with a Box Brownie that was given as a 13th birthday present in 1953, black and white was the only option we had. I spent years later on taking colour photos, but eventually drifted back to black and white photography again. To me, black and white photos have a magical quality about them.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      These photographs are beautiful and inspiring. Thanks you for a wonderful hub!

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      sbyholm 6 years ago from Finland

      I don't do black and white myself. These are some really nice photos you have on display. Really nice!

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      SELL MY ART 6 years ago from Ireland

      I love black and white landscape photography, and these are brilliant , thanks for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for publishing this gallery! You have made fine selections here. I love black and white photography—especially landscapes. I enjoyed this Hub very much.

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      These are beautiful - and lately I find myself watching old black and white movies - there is something so intriguing about them - and you can add your own colors.

      Thanks for the information about the photographers.

      Wonderful hub - rated up!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Michelle, I love your writing and this hub is a wonderful example of it. Beautiful. I was touched by the line "The heart longs to capture treasured moments that bring you closer to your divinity." That is 'TRUTH'. Thank you. I voted it up.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      These photos are simply awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them. I have always loved the work of Ansell Adams also.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      DePayne 7 years ago from East Texas

      Absolutely breath-taking photos!! I also love the mystical feeling that black and white photos exhibit. Thanks for sharing great pictures and a great article!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      These are some of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen! I love photography. Thank you for this moving gallery. I could not have enjoyed it more. :D

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      Steve 3.0 7 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Great photos and a good read. I do love black and white. I don't do much now I am using a digital camera but will have to get back in to it.

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      charlesroring 7 years ago

      I am now reading a book about photography. The BW photographs that you show in this hub are beautiful.

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      getitdone 7 years ago

      I love this hub and these photos. I really think one of the biggest shames in digital photography is that we will really lose a lot of that special look that B&W photography has. Digital b&W just isn't the same!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the visit everyone and for sharing your favorites too! :)

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Ripplemaker, I love black and white. I think that when you ignore color, you can concentrate on light and form. My favorite is Ansel Adams and I had the good fortune to see some of his incredible photographs in person. Thanks for sharing these dramatic photographs.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your beautiful words matched the splendour of these magnificant photographs. I so enjoyed this journey of the spirit with you and liked learning about these photographers. Thank you Michelle!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Absolutely beautiful Ripplemaker! I am a big fan of black & white photo's......

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      Jackson Riddle 7 years ago from Melbourne

      The shot by Michael Mironov looks great, pitty there is watermarked text at the bottom.

      Great hub though

      5/5 + Thumb Up

      Jackson

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Nature lovers would enjoy them all :) Thanks for the visit Hypnodude!

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      One picture better than the other, but my preferred ones are, well, almost all of them. Very beautiful hub, rated clearly up. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Akilah: Awesome photos, I agree! I agree!

      Green Lotus: Ahhh, okay that sounds wonderful. I will check it out! :)

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Ripple - I purchased a portrait of a girl surrounded by antique dolls. You can check it out on-line at chrislowellphototgraphy. He's really good. Good actor too :)

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      AkilahQuinn 7 years ago from Vernal, Utah

      nice article. The photographs are awesome

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      febriedethan: Let me join you in praise to the creator of all that is! :) Wooohooo! Thanks!

      MPG: Me too, me too. I wish I know how to capture these beautiful landscapes as these wonderful artists have done. :) And these are just some of them. There's even more out there! LOL ALleluia!

      Gramarye: Nice to see you once more... (waves)

      Tatjana: Hello my friend. Oh I know the photos you took are super awesome! Those colored photographs are wonderful to look at too. Hey, you like sepia too aside from black and white photography? We are kindred souls in that aspect (heheh) I too love sepia. LOL Keep using your camera and sharing the beauty of life to others. Hugs...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Beautiful photos, Michelle. I prefere colours, but black and white photos have their everlasting charm and mistery.

      I like "sepia" photos as well (brown-white, like on very old photos).

      Using camera certainly changed my life as well and gave it more beauty and deeper meaning.

      Your Hub is certainly inspiring. Thank you. Hugs and love.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Great hub, this was so nice.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I wish I could take photos half as awesome as these! I take my olympus with me on walks and take shots as I see them in nature, I enjoy photography as much as writing, just with I was better at it. Ripplemaker these photos are so beautiful thanks for sharing them with us.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Those are really a breathtaking photographs, thank you for sharing! Make me want to rejoice the Lord God :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Katrina: There is something totally majestic and awesome about nature that sends us our soul soaring..thank you for sharing this joy with me. :)

      mod: Totally grateful for your kind words :) I am sure the artists will be thrilled.

      Jill: Ooh that would be great! I would love to see your black and white photos..please please post them. :)

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Michele,

      These are beautiful! I love black and white photos too! They have a kind of mystery and drama that is hard to replicate in a colored photo. I even appreciated the photos more because I also am a fan of some of them like Tony Howell and Marty Knapp. However, Ansel Adams is my favorite!

      One of these days (if I gather enough nerve), I'm going to share some of my black and white photos here too.

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      mod2vint 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Two words describe these photos "Totally Awesome"

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Nice! I especially like the shots with waterfalls and mountains. Black and white photography is such a lovely expression of art.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello, Hello: The artists life captured me actually LOL :) Thanks for the visit.

      Advisor: Yes! Go and use your camera! It would be fun to see what you come up with :)

      Granny: Wow, that must have been really special. Weddings are memories that ought to be framed and remembered. :)

      Betsy: You are right. I even want my own portrait of black and white..now I just have to find someone to shoot me :)

      Violetsun: Go, Marie Go! With your eye for beauty, you will soon be capturing lots of photos that entrances you. :)

      Green Lotus: Wow more wonderful photographers..thanks for telling me about them. :) What did you buy? Curious ...was it landscape b& w or a portrait? :)

      Anjali: As I read through the artist's life, I agree with you, it is their heart and passion that makes each photograph come to life. Thanks for the visit :)

      Lindsay: You are most welcome Lindsay. Nice of you to join me in my celebration of black and white landscape photography! :)

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      Lindsay Godfree 7 years ago from Arizona

      Very moving photographs! I had forgotten about black and white...it makes it a whole different medium. Thanks for the reminder and the stories of the artists!

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Hi Michelle! Fabulous pics. It's often said that a piece of art is created with the simplest of strokes. So even a cheap camera can give such exquisite output if the photographer puts his passion / his heart in what he is trying to capture. Thx a lot for sharing such beautiful work.

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Beautiful Hub ripplemaker. These photos are so majestic it certainly takes a special eye to capture the textures and hues of the landscapes. Thanks for introducing these photographers. I've always admired Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus and recently purchased my first b&w acquisition from photographer/actor Chris Lowell. Exciting.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Oooh, the photographs are awesome! I was thinking how fluid the photos were to me. I almost could feel the water's gentle touch and the wind blowing. Black and White photographs definitely has a different impact on me; didn't pay attention to this before. I have my little camera which I am starting to get into the habit of taking with me when I go out.

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      There is just something about black and white photos that capture a certain element that color photos can't!! Nice hub!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I took black and white photos at my daughter's wedding and put them in a brushed nickle frame. Wow, they looked great.

      Thank you for the hub.

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      Nice! I just bought an old Olympus at a thrift shop. This is giving me ideas! Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is a fine collection of beautiful photos and describing the artist's life. Thank you for a wonderful hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Emohealer: Sue, I truly wish I have the gift of capturing photographs (either colored or black and white). These are just amazing. And the joy they give us is priceless. Okay, do bring your camera and see what captures your attention! :) Blessings!

      Lorlie: It does has its own uniqueness. :) Thank you for your sweet presence on this hub.

      Om: Your comment made me realize how awesome it is to produce such beautiful photographs. I love that photo of Tony too. I guess it exudes calmness and serenity and beauty. :) Looking forward to seeing your artwork!

      G-Ma: Thanks for dropping by! Thank you for pointing out to me Ansel Adams work, indeed they are beautiful! I will feature him in another hub! :)

      Linda: The digital world has come and we do need to learn more about it. :) Go and discover! That would be great fun! Enjoy your journey... Namaste.

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      Universal Laws 7 years ago from UNIVERSE

      I really enjoyed these black and whites and it reminds me of my love of black and white photogrphay in the past but I wouldn't know how to do this now with a digital camera. Maybe its all down to working on the computer afterwards when using a digital?

      Thank you

      Linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      These are all wonderful..but no one else could do it Like

      Ansel Adams...in my humble opinion...Nice hub my dear...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Very cool. I like the one by Tony Howell the best. Not sure why. I've tried taking some black-and-white photos myself. It's actually not easy! I still have a lot to learn. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Black and white photography has always been my very favorite; it seems to add texture and emphasis.

      Thanks so much for this marvelous hub!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Michelle: Beautiful photography...gave me a whole new perspective on black and white photo art. I had never given it much thought before. Definitely appreciate it! I like the tip of carrying a camera and capturing the moments even down to intricate details...Thanks for reminding me to carry my camera which I have been forgetting so much lately. :-)