Photography African Black And White Photography

February 25, 2019 9:31 am by columnblogger
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John dee holeman allow me to share this sampling of my favorite black and white photographs
Photography African Black And White Photography

“I believe that if black-and-white photography is done correctly it can convey much more emotion and a deeper meaning than colour ever could. It’s as if by subtracting colour, the viewer is forced to add his own emotion to the images. Colour photography is like a novel that spells everything out in detail, whereas black-and-white photography is like poetry—its strength isn’t in what’s said; it’s in what’s left out.” – Heinrich van den Berg

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A herd elephants standing together Photo Credit: Chase Wells

An essential thing to remember about photographs in monochrome is that not all photos will make great black and white pictures. A yellow flower surrounded by green ferns will look stunning in colour but not in black and white whereas a white water lily on a dam or river when it is overcast will look great in grey.

A scarred and half blind male lion looks for rest after feasting on a cape buffalo the night before Photo Credit: Gabriel Clark

You need to decide if you want a soft or harsh black and white photograph as the exposure you use will alter this. Personally, I try use a lower ISO when I am photographing in  black and white , but then again it also depends on the subject I am photographing. I always only shoot in RAW format.

I do not like to edit photographs too much although I will enhance colour, sharpen the picture and crop it where necessary. If I cannont make the editing changes to my photograph in 60 seconds then the picture is not that good in the first place. Black and white photographs do take a little longer to edit. I edit my photos in Lightroom and I use Silver FX plug-in. I absolutely love Silver FX as this allows me to play more with my tones and shades. Black and white photography is very different to colour photography and nature, landscape and portraits are all equally as different in black and white as you can highlight different things to tell very different stories.

Female rhino with baby rhino making a stop for drinking Sabi Sand. Aren’t they wonderful? Photo Credit: Johannes Ratemann

Cheetah in the early morning light – Sabi Sand Photo Credit: Johannes Ratemann

A leopard resting in a tree in the Sabi Sands Photo Credit: Justus van Dillen:

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A leopard eyeing out his prey Photo Credit: Arnfinn Johansen

The sharp-end. A male lion giving a late afternoon yawn Photo Credit: Thinus Schoeman

Photographs can show more emotion when in monochrome. A black and white image can often dance on the fine line between reality and fantasy giving the images a certain kind of ‘magic’ that might not have been there before.

Feeling inspired to create black-and-white wildlife photography? Show us what you’ve got, by submitting your images on our website!

Cheetah in Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa Photo Credit: Jean Goldston

Elephants deserve to keep their tusks Photo Credit: Gurveer Sira

Heinrich’s description of wildlife photography in black-and-white accurately conveys the impact these images have on viewers. Submissions from Africa’s Photographer of the Year truly portray the impact these images can have on the viewer. Here are a few photographs from our talented photographers:

Photo of a young male lion taken in Kruger National Park Photo Credit: Uwe Firnhaber

Mkanye staring straight on into the distance Photo Credit: Nicole Van Der Walt

“I love black and white photography and it is part of why I enjoy taking photographs. I often get asked “how do you do it?” Here some tried an tested tips that have worked for me in my career as a photographer.

Corlette Wessels is a talented South African photographer that spends her holidays in the Kgalagadi patiently photographing the delights of nature. She was a finalist in the World Elephant Day Competition with her black and white photograph. Corlette is the first to say that sometimes the world just looks better in black and white.

The leap of faith Photo Credit: Karthik Bangalore Thirumala Raju

Is it a yawn or is it a roar? Photo Credit: Camille Boerderie

One very playful Rhino looking for attention from the rest of the herd Photo Credit: Werner Kruse

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Thinking of entering your black and white photographs into the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition? Read what Corlette has to say first:

Dusty traveller. A herd of zebras trudge across the dusty plains of Ndutu Photo Credit: Zhayynn James

Thirsty trudge. Wildebeest searching for water in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, South Africa Photo Credit: John Mullineux:

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The human eye is not made to see in black and white, we live in a world of colour after all. You need to train your eye to see in tones of grey, referred to as: highlights, shadows and mid tones. Highlights are bright whites, shadows are dark blacks while mid tones will be any combination of these two. You need to start looking at opportunities in tones rather than in colour. Look at the tones, shapes, textures, highlights and shadows and try visualise the picture in black and white. Use light (sun, shade or artificial light) to help you with your tones and to create the contrast that is needed. By using light and contrast you will be able to see things in a photo that you could not see before in colour.

I hope these tips will help you to play more with black and white. There are a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom that just lend themselves to beautifully to black and white.”

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