Photo101: Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture.

San Fran Skyline

San Fran Skyline

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge


Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.

When we talk about monochrome in photography, we’re referring to images developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors.

14 Responses

  1. Great filters, very dramatic images

  2. susieshy45 says:

    great pictures and colour schemes- what is the film you used ?

  3. lrod1726 says:

    Great shots! :-)

  4. I am enjoying your Skies as an inspiration to complete my book “Wy’s Skies of My Sixties.”

  5. ibdunn says:

    I was using my phone that day – motorola motox – converted to Grayscale using channel mixer in photoshop then chose different emphasis for colour filtres

  6. Awesome photos of the Bay Bridge!

  7. Karen says:

    Wonderful photos, I love the way you processed these.

  8. ibdunn says:

    Thank you!

  9. Donna says:

    Great shots with a phone yet. awesome I guess I just need practice and patience.

  10. lightwalker1 says:

    All three photos are very interesting. I especially like the middle photo with a bit of a person in it. Kindest Regards Cheryle

  11. ibdunn says:

    That’s my version of a selfie… Thanks

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