Monochrome Landscapes And Gorgeous Nature Shots – Don’t Miss Our Latest Update


Week after week, we state that “photography has the power of lightening up our daily lives,”; and what a wonderful way of kick-starting our frantic routines by diving into some beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 638th challenge on Nature in Monochrome! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well.

Photo Of The Week – April 10th, 2023

potw nature black and white
Copyright – Patrick

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to Patrick and his gorgeous b&w landscape.
What I like about this photo is that it depicts a rather simple scene in a monumental, cinematic way.
Great job, @patrickw!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and enjoy our cherry-picked selection for this week!

Monochrome doesn't always have to be about hardcore contrast. Subtle tones are great for transmitting the proper mood for a given scene like this!

You've probably heard before about how leading lines to aid in reading a photograph fluently. But sometimes, lines aren't that obvious to the eye, especially regarding organic structures like the one below. Finding the perfect composition is a fundamental element of making an effective image like this.

hazy black and white
Copyright – Michael

Cactus needle macro.

cactus needle macro
Copyright – David Chesterfield

Have you ever heard about “straight photography”? If you like this shot, then you should look more at this mature approach to photography.

high contrast black and white
Copyright – Timothy S. Allen

Lovely “wolf lichen”, not to mention a great example of how to apply the rule of thirds when composing a shot!

wolf lichen
Copyright – Robert Apple


hazy forest shot black and white
Copyright – Michael

Sometimes words are just needless.

majestic landscape black and white waterfall
Copyright – ElinL

A storytelling encounter where water and sky become one!

ocean shot pier black and white
Copyright – Daniel Krueger

Ebony and ivory.

ebony and ivory
Copyright – Charmaine Joubert

Perspectives like this serve as a reminder of how minuscule we humans are…

waterfall black and white
Copyright – Robert Eyers

There's something in this photograph that makes you wonder about what's going on. The real trick is the rich tonal decisions made upon this shot.

rich tones forest black and white
Copyright – Robert Eyers

Because the sky is also part of the nature surrounding us!

moon dark background
Copyright – Wendy P

Nature in high-key mono.

Copyright – Charmaine Joubert

Gorgeous tonal range!

bee black and white
Copyright – Patrick

Female Wool Carder bee gathering fibers from a Rose Campion to use in her nest.

Copyright – Kishore Jothady

Wonderful landscapes like this should serve to make our species conscious of how beautiful our planet is.

bridge in the nature low key shot
Copyright – Julie Smith

What You Shouldn't Be Missing From The Light Stalking Community

Rob dug through some old photographs and stumbled upon this impressive shot of a pyramid at Calakmul. “This image was taken from one of the other pyramids at sunset in 2017. Calakmul was a city of over 60,000 Mayans in the first century A.D. with over 6,670 structures. It’s 120 km deep in the southern jungle of the Yucatan. One of the two caretakers guided us out of the massive ruins as darkness set in. Without him, we would have been lost.”

Yukatan pyramid
Copyright – Rob Eyers

Patrick started a new series of short projects; he spends two hours on a specific theme, and here are some of the most interesting results he got on shooting Empty Spaces.

empty spaces black and white
Copyright – Patrick
rakes black and white
Copyright – Patrick

Daniel shared a decaying yet beautiful white rose.

decaying rose
Copyright – Daniel Krueger

The Mobile Monday Challenge is open for sharing some shots! And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks, a place where our community shares their favorite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got some nice pictures, and it is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people that want to grow fast as photographers.

Here, you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have the chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and discuss, so please read the instructions to get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

Also, don't forget to participate in our 639th challenge on Monochrome Architecture!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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