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Sally Ds mobile photography challenge: black and white

I was particularly interested to read Sally’s latest post about preferring to use her iphone as opposed to her trusty old Nikon. I, too, have made the transition from my Canon Eos 450 (with which I was never entirely happy) to my iphone 6+ which I’ve had for just over a year now. I am rarely without it and only use the bulky Canon when we’re on an important trip, when I like to have the security of a second camera just in case ….

I use the Lenka app for my black and white photography. The advantage of this little app is that it takes both a black and white photo and a colour one so that if you’re not happy with the results of the black and white one you can always run the colour one through another app to achieve a black and white image. These are all SOOC (straight out of the camera).





For Lens and Pens

Sally D’s mobile photography challenge: black and white

This extraordinary sculpture is in the grounds of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery in Somerset, UK.


Taken with an iphone 6+ and edited in Filterstorm Neu and DistressedFX.

The foliage is made from saucepans and kitchen implements. Not only do they have an art gallery – with a truly awful exhibition the day we went there, but an excellent restaurant and a perennial meadow garden, designed by the renowned landscape artist Piet Oudolf


You will find other inspirational black and white photos on Sally’s blog.

Sunday Stills: black and white landscape

Many people visiting Vietnam head up to Halong Bay for what they hope will be the trip of a lifetime around Halong Bay. We went in early March and met with grey skies, rain and wind. Although I have rendered this photo in black and white it is not so far from the original colours that we saw

Halong bay, Vietnam

this is actually a colour photo of an early stormy morning in Alanya, Turkey

Robbers’ bridge, Exmoor, Devon, UK

Weir walk, Oare valley, Exmoor

Lynmouth beach

These last three were shot in black and white as I was experimenting with black and white photography on this particular holiday

Sharing with Sunday Stills – landscapes in black and white

weekly photo challenge: street life and travel photo Monday

Weekly photo challenge: street life

Many people living in the big cities in Vietnam, like Hanoi, don’t have much living space and what little they do have may quite often be shared with other families so much of their life is, of necessity, spent on the street. Large numbers of the population work in various ways to feed the rest (kitchens as we know them in the Western world don’t exist as such there). It’s the same in Thailand too. Meals are eaten on the hoof or sitting on one of the ubiquitous minuscule red or blue plastic stools (a Vietnamese speciality).

Inspired by Jon Sanwell’s photos of people in Vietnam I thought I would try my hand at taking some shots in black and white. Please bear in mind these are my first attempts at shooting in black and white.








On the whole I prefer colour photos, especially as Hanoi was a colourful place even in the cold, misty, drizzly conditions we encountered there. So here are a few in colour. I will be posting more photos of our trip over the next few weeks.




one of the very few cats we saw in Vietnam




Did I mention that there are bikes everywhere?

Our last night in Hanoi – even St Patrick got in on the act!

Which do you prefer – black and white or colour?

Also linking up with Travel Photo Mondays no. 38

Cee’s black and white challenge: pets

Cee’s black and white challenge this week is Pets.



My apologies in advance if you encounter problems with viewing the image. Flickr seems to have a problem at the moment.

Cee’s black and white challenge: sculptures, statues, carvings

Here are some black and white images for this week’s challenge:




If you’re interested in black and white photos, take a look at some of the other participants’ images here.