black and white image of Florian cafe in Venice, Italy at night
Florian cafe in Venice, Italy at night

Recently, on Instagram, some of the people I follow have been posting black and white photos for 7 days. I don’t usually post black and white photographs – colour is my thing – but I thought I would give it a go.

black and white image of the view from the Rialto market, Venice, Italy
view from the Rialto market, Venice, Italy

I still haven’t been getting out much, so I decided to visit my archive of photos taken during our trip to Venice for my birthday, in January 2016 – and to convert some of them to black and white.

black and white image of carnival-themed pizzas in Venice, Italy
carnival-themed pizzas in Venice, Italy

The key to getting a good black and white photograph is to have shape, contrast and texture in the image โ€“ otherwise it can look a bit wishy-washy.

black and white image of an iron gateway to the canal in Venice, Italy
iron gateway to the canal in Venice, Italy

Reflections in windows come out really well, too – using black and white, rather than colour, adds an air of mystery…

black and white image of reflections of buildings and carnival costumes in a window in Venice, Italy
reflections of buildings and carnival costumes in a window in Venice, Italy

For some of these photos, I’ve done a bit of post-processing (in addition to changing the images from colour to black and white) to bring out the details.

black and white image of carnival masks in Venice, Italy
carnival masks in Venice, Italy

I’ve enjoyed the experiment, and I’m surprised at how well they’ve turned out. I shall definitely be posting more black and white photographs in future.

black and white image of a padlock on a bridge in Venice, Italy
padlock on a bridge in Venice, Italy

4 thoughts on “7 Days of Venice in Black and White Photos

  1. Just beautiful! I went to Venice about 10 years ago. Your photos brought back memories of a truly magical trip.

  2. Julia Barnickle

    Oh, how wonderful, Eileen. Venice really is a magical place!

  3. Ahhh, you’re THAT Julia ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely images – careful, you might get hooked on monochrome ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  4. Julia Barnickle

    Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you Sarah – you know, you could be right!! It requires seeing with different eyes, doesn’t it, which is always a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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