Have You Ever Seen A Good Black and White Bird Photograph ???

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Have You Ever Seen A Good Black and White Bird Photograph ???

  • I always use to think that you just don't see a good black and white flower, butterfly  or wild bird photographs. They were just three subjects that look so much better in colour.

    I then overcome the flower one with shots like this below: -

    Please click on images.

    But that is just one of the three.

    What I would like you see if any of you can find a black and white picture of a bird that really works.

    Look forard to see you posts. 

  • They are beautiful Robert, 50-60 years ago we had to shoot in B&W as film in colour was too expensive for us plebs to afford, today you can shoot hundreds which only costs time, some I convert from Colour to B&W and as this is the RSPB forum what better one than this one ! :)

  • Eric Hosking for example shot countless bird photos in black and white. There's still room for that medium next to colour as it can have a certain drama about it.

    :-)

  • They're stunning Robert! The lighting and detail makes up for the lack of colour!

    Maybe one of the Little owlets from this morning? But then I like to see their yellow eyes!!

  • John what a great picture but shooting a black and white bird  in black and white....

    Jackdaw thanks for the tip about Eric Hosking not someone I know but gave me a chance to look at his wonderful work. I did notice that most of his black and white pictures are birds with wings spread.

    Marjus I just love the pciture and it would look great with or without colour.

    I have to admit I just love working in black and white and will try to see how I can take my black and white bird pictures further down the road.

    Thanks everyone.

  • Talk about 'shooting' Cormorants this should be on Mr Fishing's thread elsewhere! Originally in colour but converted to B&W

  •  I have tried with a shot of a Hobby a few weeks back.

  • This is a very interesting thread, Robert and a great idea for experimentation.

    As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to visit the Antarctic some years back. Whilst down there I experimented with some black and white photos, mainly of the magnificent scenery. Unfortunately, I forgot to change the camera settings back to colour afterwards. This was one shot I took before I noticed:

    A black and white photo of another black and white bird, this time a Gentoo with chick. I might start to have a look at how some colour photos would look like in B&W....

    The photos on here are great!

    Best wishes, Graham

  • Some lovely photos coming through let us keep them coming aye? This link has nothing to do with birds but because I live in Suffolk which has many old timbered buildings then B&W lends itself to this type of photography, see here suffolk.activeboard.com/.../old-photographs-of-suffolk

  • Rook, converted to B&W. Nice idea have to try more often!

    Jayne

  • Can I add some of my recent snaps:

    Enjoy

  • Super picture Jayne which works so much like a portrait black and white.

    Nice to hear from you Richard and a wonderful set of pictures (as usual). It also shows that most good black and white bird pictures are birds in flight with large wingspan.

    Note: Anyone that hasn't taken a look at rhodopsin photo galleries take the time and enjoy.

  • Robert

    Nice to hear from you Richard and a wonderful set of pictures (as usual). It also shows that most good black and white bird pictures are birds in flight with large wingspan.

    Note: Anyone that hasn't taken a look at rhodopsin photo galleries take the time and enjoy.

     
    Cheers Robert
  • I feel I must chip in on this thread. Whilst I agree all the photos on this thread are great, they are still missing something to me. I look at Richard's magnificent shots of the birds of prey above (and they are magnificent shots) but what a shame the wonderful colours in their plumage, especially in their wings, is missing.

    Just my personal opinion, and it wouldn't do if we were all the same!

  • Linda I think in many ways your right. I'm not saying black and white is bad but if you had two shots of the same picture in both colour and black and white I think most would pick the colour one.