A couple of weeks ago an RV/blogging friend (Chris from CU On The Road) challenged me to the 5-Day Black and White Photo Challenge. I’ve seen this floating around the internet and on several blogs lately – I don’t think there are any official rules to it. Basically you just post 5 of your favorite black and white photos and then challenge others to do the same. So for 5 days I posted some of my favorite pictures on our Facebook page, and I’m going to post all 5 here in one post. And maybe just a few extra ones too….
1) Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Oregon. We spent a lot of time on the coast of Oregon in 2013, and most of it was on the coast! The Oregon coast is famous for its many offshore rock formations. It was an overcast day the day we walked on this beach near Netarts – perfect for a black and white photo.
2) St Philips Catholic Church in Philipsburg, Montana. Philipsburg is a former mining town and is full of interesting old buildings. I always love churches and all their beautiful architectural elements. There are a few churches in town and I took photos of all them, but I really loved the steeple on this particular church the most.
3) Glacier National Park – Montana. This was the very first (of many) pictures I took when we visited Glacier in 2014, and it was taken from a pullout as we were driving along the Going to the Sun Road. The scenery is grand and breathtaking – it’s hard to really capture the enormity of it. There was just so much going in this picture – the sky, the mountains…trees, waterfalls, snow…I felt like it was just too jumbled and had too much going on. But when I put in black and white I liked it much better!
4) Multnomah Falls – Oregon. This is the tallest and probably most famous waterfall in Oregon…and due to its easy accessibility also one of the most visited and photographed. I love the light in this photo – it’s highlighting the waterfall in just the right places.
5) Pedestrian tunnel – Austin, Texas. Austin has a great walking path through downtown and in a few places there are underground tunnels. This particular one was under construction or repair and wasn’t really all that pretty, but I loved the symmetry and lines of all the wood planks….and also the string of lights, the light coming from the other side of the tunnel, and the little boxes of light on the ground.
So those are the five pictures I posted on Facebook, but as I went through my pictures I found a few other pictures that I really loved for various reasons. So while I’m on the subject I just thought I’d share these also.
6) Birds flying over a dune in Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington. I don’t really have a lot to say about this photo – I just like the quiet simplicity of it.
7) A fishing boat on a foggy day in Newport, Oregon. We had a lot of foggy days when we visited Oregon! But sometimes it adds just the right mood to a photo.
8) Wine bottles in Napa, California. My eye is always drawn to pattern…and the way these wine bottles were stacked up in a winery in Napa really caught my attention. Or maybe it was just the wine. 🙂
9) My nieces’ hands. This isn’t a travel photo, but it’s one of my favorites because I love the subjects so much! A few years ago I did a weekly photo project and the theme for the week was hands. I was visiting my sister at the time and enlisted her daughters. They were bored out of their minds but I still smile every time I see this photo.
10) Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park. One of our favorite sections of Glacier was Two Medicine. This was the view from the campground – just gorgeous.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos. As part of the challenge you’re supposed to nominate other bloggers to do the same, and I am nominating a few of my favorite friends/RVers/bloggers: Nancy of RVaGoGo, Lynn of Tales From the Mutiny and Kristin from The Snowmads. Can’t wait to see what they post!
12 thoughts on “Black and White Photo Challenge”
Just beautiful, thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you! Sorry I didn’t have any of Harvest Host spots! 🙂
I like the church steeple the best, which really surprised me. The streak of clouds makes it interesting. I’ll give this one a try soon too!
I agree – I love the clouds in that photo too. Yes you should definitely do this – you can consider this an official challenge from me if you like! 🙂
It’s impossible to choose which one is best. They are absolute gorgeous! The Cape Disappointment one and the big waterfall one draw my eye because of the water. But the bottles the moody boat and church tower… wow! The sky adds such a cool dimension! I am so glad you participated (with a little extra). Wasn’t it fun?
Thank you! And I am so glad you asked me to do it! It really was a lot of fun to look at some old photos in a different way.
Amazing photos! I can honestly say I love the composition in each of them. Well done!!
Thank you so much! I really do appreciate it.
Gorgeous! I’m feeling the pressure now to find anything this beautiful to post. I’ll get to working on this as soon as I can! 😀
I can’t wait to see what you pick! And take your time – I waited a couple of weeks from the time Chris asked me to do it until I actually did it…so just do it at your own pace.
Great B&W’s, was the church as long exposure or was the sky just whispy?
Thank you! It was not a long exposure – the clouds were just like that!