50 Stunning Black And White Pictures For Your Inspiration

Photo by Dragan Djuric

Ever since Nicéphore Niépce produced the first photograph in 1826, people have been experimenting with the dynamic relationship between light and dark expsoure. Even though we live in a vibrant world, we haven’t forgotten the art of black and white photography. Colour can be a distraction and change the way we look at a picture, while black and white can create an emotional complexity to make a compelling image.

Master of the art form, Ansel Adams, commenting on the difference between the two, once said, “I can get a far greater sense of ‘colour’ through a well-planned and executed black and white image than I have ever achieved with colour photography.”

We’ve compiled a list of powerful black and white pictures to inspire you to create your own. If you aspire to takes stunning black and white photography, please have a look at our black and white photography tips.

1. Mono Wave

Photographer: Eddie Lluisma

About the photo: Canon Eos 5D Mk III with a focal length of 21mm, shot at 1/25s at f/13

2. Moving Lambs

Photographer: John Phuong Nguyen

About the photo: Canon EOS-1D X with a focal length of 47mm, shot at 1/1000s at f/8 on ISO 200

3. Ammonite Shell Fossil Stone

Photographer: Jim Sage

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a focal length of 90mm, shot at 1/10s at f/2.8 on ISO 100

4. Yellowstone Old Faithful Geyser

Photographer: Valentin Lyakhovich

About the photo: Canon EOS 60D with a focal length of 16mm, shot at 1/30s at f/2.8 on ISO 4000

5. Building Shapes

Photographer: Louis-Philippe Provost

About the photo: Nikon d610 with a focal length of 17mm, shot at 1/1000s at f/5.6 on ISO 200


6. Into the Nowhere

Photographer: Anna Maye (Instagram, website)

About the photo: Nikon D90 with a focal length of 18mm, shot at 1/200s at f/7.1 on ISO 200

7. Lady of the Night

Photographer: Chris McKay

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a focal length of 300mm, shot at 1/50s at f/8 on ISO 200

8. Rabenstein Castle 

Photographer: Stefan Asmus

About the photo:Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a focal length of 45mm, shot at 1/125s at f/7.1 on ISO 400

9. Follow the Light

Photographer: Martijn Akse

About the photo:Nikon D300 with a focal length of 50mm, shot at 1/8s at f/4.5 on ISO 800

10. Forest Light

Photographer: Dragan Djuric

About the photo: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

11. Portrait Goal

Photographer: Igor Mokhovyk

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a focal length of 27 mm

12. Boxes

Photographer: Daniel Olah

About the photo: Canon EOS 1000D with a focal length of 135mm, shot at 1/15s at f/8 on ISO 100

13. Zebrato

Photographer: Arshad Husain Siddiqui

About the photo: Nikon D3000 with a focal length of 65mm, shot at 1/200s at f/6.2 on ISO 100

14. Rhythm of Nature

Photographer: Sebastian Clark Koth

About the photo: Nikon D5300 with a focal length of 180mm, shot at 1/1000s at f/8 on ISO 200

15. Boat and Man

Photographer: Erdem Şanlıtürk

About the photo: Canon EOS 40D with a focal length of 40mm, shot at 1/250s at f/7.1 on ISO 160

16. At Rest

Photographer: Jim Lindsey (500px, website)

About the photo: Nikon D3100 with a focal length of 300mm, shot at 1/250s at f/8 on ISO 100

17. Mesquite Dunes

Photographer: Moe Chen

About the photo: Nikon D7000 with a focal length of 24mm, shot at 1/320s at f/10 on ISO 100

18. Patterns

Photographer: Jia Ching Ng

About the photo: Canon EOS 60D with a focal length of 32mm, shot at 1/50s at f/10 on ISO 100

19. Lights on the Tree

Photographer: Andrei Leonenko

About the photo: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20, shot at 1/30s at f/3.1 on ISO 400

20. White

Photographer: Mohammed Alghamdi

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a focal length of 100mm, shot at 1/125s at f/16 on ISO 100

21. Deeper

Photographer: Dragan Djuric

About the photo: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

22. Bird Lines

Photographer: Rui Caria

About the photo: Leica X with a focal length of 23mm, shot at 1/1000s at f/1.7 on ISO 100

23. Love in Paris

Photographer: Massimiliano Corsini

About the photo: Canon 5D with a focal length of 50mm, shot at 1/125s at f/9 on ISO 100

24. Free Ride

Photographer: Matej Rumansky

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a focal length of 200mm, shot at 1/640s at f/3.5 on ISO 50

25. Spider

Photographer: patricioafr

About the photo: Nikon D7000 with a focal length of 80mm, shot at 1/125s at f/5.6 on ISO 100

26. Top Half of the Moon

Photographer: Steven Santamour (Steven’s Gallery, FB)

About the photo: Nikon D7000 with a focal length of 600mm, shot at 1/500s at f/6.3 on ISO 320

27. Monochromatic Crown

Photographer:Vladan Radivojac

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a focal length of 16mm, shot at 1/25s at f/16 on ISO 200

28. Into the Light

Photographer: Shay Wax

29. Man Cutting Stripes in Grass

Photographer: Steve Meddle

About the photo: Nikon D200 with a focal length of 55mm, shot at 1/320s at f/9 on ISO 200

30. The Cloud Making Machine

Photographer: Fabien Dessart

About the photo: Nikon Coolpix P310, shot at 1/2000s at f/4.9 on ISO 100

31. Tango

Photographer: Emanuele Toscano

About the photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with a focal length of 15mm, shot at 1/1s at f/14 on ISO 200

32. Black and White

Photographer: shiroxsuke

About the photo: Nikon D90 with a focal length of 62mm, shot at 1/250s at f/29 on ISO 400

33. A Tower of Giraffes

Photographer: Jonas Stenqvist

About the photo: Nikon D800 with a focal length of 170mm, shot at 1/1500s at f/5.6 on ISO 400

34. Window Lace

Photographer: Dragan Djuric

About the photo: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

35. Next Goal

Photographer: Carlo Cafferini

36. Stairs

Photographer: Sebastiaan De Cleene

About the photo: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V with a focal length of 35mm, shot at 1/100s at f/8 on ISO 100

37. The Cave

Photographer: Hamed Alderei

About the photo: Nikon D800E with a focal length of 14mm, shot at 1/30s at f/16 on ISO 100

38. Oinc

Photographer: Rui Caria

About the photo: Nikon D4 with a focal length of 50mm, shot at 1/50s at f/1.4 on ISO 250

39. Incoming Day

Photographer: Emanuele Toscano

About this photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with a focal length of 27mm, shot at 1/500s at f/8 on ISO 200

40. To Infinitree!

Photographer: Shaun Schlager

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a focal length of 37mm, shot at 1/15s at f/14 on ISO 100

41. Black Cat

Photographer: Dragan Djuric

About the photo: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

42. Tunnel View Morning Glow

Photographer: Optimal Focus Photography

About the photo: Canon EOS 6D with a focal length of 75mm, shot at 1/10s at f/18 on ISO 100

43. Windows and Trees

Photographer: Attilio Bixio

About the Photo: Pentax K-50 with a focal length of 18mm, shot at 1/500s at f/4 on ISO 100

44. X

Photographer: Dhandi D

45. Above

Photographer: Ivor Sheehan

About the photo: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a focal length of 28mm, shot at 1/250s at f/4 on ISO 2500

46. Shadow Tunnel

Photographer: miaahu

47. Romance

Photographer: Artem

About the photo: Xperia S, shot at 1/1600s at f/2.4 on ISO 50

48. Man in the Sea

Photographer: Emanuele Toscano

About the photo: Fujifilm Camera X-E2 with a focal length of 27mm, shot at 1/8s at f/2.8 on ISO 3200

49. Misty Homes

Photographer: Dragan Djuric

About the photo: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

50. Ebro Chiappo Lesima

Photographer: Luca Chinaglia

About the photo:F.Zuiko 85/2 silvernose with a focal length of 85mm, shot at 1/320s at f/11 on ISO 100

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