Black & White Photography!

Sometimes I come across a place or a scene that catches my imagination, that shouts black and white photography or even sepia. It's down to the contrast and tones that I see in a particular shot, but mostly the period of the capture. And here in Northumberland we have some great period scenery, that's for sure.
What would some of the great photographers like Ansel Adams or Frank Sutcliffe have made of the scene I ask myself. Sutcliffe is a favourite Victorian photographer of mine who was based in Whitby and took some fabulous coastal stuff of that period.
I never shoot a scene in colour and then when I get home and look at it think that would make a good black & white or sepia image. Indeed, it's more the other way around. I shoot for black and white or sepia and then see it as a colour image. I need to visualise what the final image will look like in black and white or sepia while I am shooting. Here you will find some of my shots I have taken that have captured my imagination in this way. I hope you like them.

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Whitby Abbey

#BW1 Whitby Abbey

Seeing the Abbey on a dark stormy day inspired me to take this black & White shot. It looked so eerie against the oncoming storm that was forming out to sea. Almost like a scene from Bram Stokers Dracula....

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Church of St Mary Whitby

#BW2 Church of St. Mary Whitby

I am a great fan of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and being in the same place as he used to photograph inspired me to take this in the way that he would have seen it back in the late 1800's. I hope I have done it justice.....

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Old Whitby Town

#BW3 Old Whitby Town

I would imagine everyone who has been to Whitby takes a photo from part way up the 199 steps. Yep I have doen this in colour too but as I stood there I tried to imagine what the Victorian photographer Frank Sutcliffe would have seen in his day.....

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Lindisfarne Priory

#BW4 Lindisfarne Priory

This is a shot that I have also done in colour but somehow it doesn't seem to have the same ominous feeling as in B&W. Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory .....

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Lime Kilns and Fishing Boats

#BW5 Lime Kilns & Fishing Boats

Fishing boat alongside the old Lime kiln at Beadnell just after the rain had stopped. And yet the clouds threaten more to come by the look of things .....

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High and Dry

#BW6 High & Dry

I took this shot a while ago both as a colour shot but alos thought it would make a good sepia shot too. Have always meant to process it as a sepia but never got around to it, until now .....

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Edlingham Castle Tower

#BW7 The Tower

Standing in the midst of the Solar Tower at Edlingham Castle can be quite thought provoking. What must it have been like back when it was built in the 12th Century. Sometimes when the wind blows you can almost hear the voices of those that lived and worked here. .....

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Whitby West Pier

#BW8 West Pier Wall

Photo taken from the sands beneath The West Pier at Whitby looking towards the olf lighthouse. .....

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Dawn of a new day

#BW9 Dawn of A New Day

Not stricktly B & W but it does fit within the catagory I guess.The sun rises over Holy Island heralding a new day As the castle of Lindisfarne sleeps for just a few moments longer .....

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 St. Michael & All Angels

#BW10 St. Michael & All Angels

The church dates back to the 12th century. And very impersive it is too as a study in Black & White. Some churches don't lend themselves to B & W but I think this one certainly does. Perhaps because of the church yard itself .....

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The Lion Tower Warkworth Castle

#BW11 The Lion Tower

The Lion Tower with the Little stair tower in the background built around 1480 at Warkworth Castle. O what tales they would tell if only they could speak. .....

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Hand of the Blacksmith

#BW12 Hand of the Blacksmith

When I saw the blacksmith at work I knew there was what is known as aspot colour shot. That is to say a photo doen in black and white with just the leading colour showing as in the red hot horseshow. .....

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