A crab on a beach in black and white. Bazaruto Island, Mozambique.

Black and White Crab

Taking a slight break from South African holiday posts, I wasDoing a bit of black and white work with this crab, shot in Mozambique a couple of years ago.
In these days of high colour digital photography it is easy to forget about black and white photography. An image with a bold shape and interesting texture is often a good choice for black and white. It should also have black, white, and avoid range of shadow in between.
I rather like this one! In fact I prefer it to the original, which you can see in the original post.
While the original processing was done on Darktable on Linux, the black and white conversion was done on Snapseed on the iPad 3. That’s a combination I really like.
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Chesterton Windmill Photo Shoot

Chesterton Mill Sunset Shoot

The whole idea of a club visit to Chesterton Windmill was to catch the windmill in the sunset. Of course the British weather soon scuppered that idea, with a bank of cloud visibly moving up over the sun.

Instead we were treated to the spectacle of the full, harvest moon rising behind the windmill. An opportunity for some interesting photography. Tripods and cable releases were very much in evidence, with photos being taking well into the evening and many moon shots happening.

The picture featured here is my favourite. You can have a look at the gallery in the Chesterton Windmill Photo Gallery.


This shot was very much a long exposure. The EXIF info tells me it was taken at 22:10. The cloud covered moon is carefully positioned inside one arch. Gear was a Canon 60D with a Sigma 17-50 at f/4.5, 2.5 s on ISO 100. Obviously the camera was on a tripod and a cable was used. The RAW image was edited, as always in DarkTable (on Mint Linux). A bit of tone tweaking was necessary in the colour mixer to get the black and white effect I wanted. The colour version is also in the Gallery.

Of course the feature photo at the top of the page is cropped, Here’s Chesterton Windmill in all of its black and white glory.

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Chesterton Windmill Links

Have a look at the Wikipedia entry for more info on Chesterton Windmill.

And check out my 500px gallery for the pics.

Orchid in Black and White

Monochrome Orchid

A pretty orchid in colour can look pretty good in black and white.

Orchid in Black and White

Sometimes even colourful pretty flowers can look good in black and white. Here’s a monochrome orchid catching the morning sunlight through a lounge window.

The key to black and white is often the markings and texture of the subject. In this instance the shapes and markings on the flower made it a good conversion.

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St James Lake, Brackley. Buy a print.

St James Lake Reflections in Brackley

St James Lake, Brackley.
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 St James Lake Reflections in Brackley

 Having a pretty little lake a few minutes walk from home is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand it’s a great place to take a walk to get a bit of exercise and blow away the stresses of the day. Taking a camera just adds to the pleasure as it is a pretty spot. On the other hand it starts to take over the photographic efforts. Some days it is much easier to take the camera for a walk around the lake when I should be making a bit more effort to get some more adventurous pictures.

The shot above is St James Lake in Brackley, Northamptonshire. It is a nice little spot wedged in between the local Tesco and the A422 trunk road. Featuring a few geese of various kinds, the lake also plays host to the occasional swan visitors and normally has a grey heron around.

St James Lake is actually a flood protection lake designed to protect the lower parts of the town. In fact, a few years ago, it was totally flooded out after heavy rains.


A good range of tones and some bold shapes will often make a good black and white shot. This shot is a black and white HDR photo generated from a single RAW and finished in Gimp. The HDR processing just adds a bit of detail to the shot.

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