iPhoneography Challenge: Black-and-White Photography

15 April 2013


Chesapeake City Bridge (opened 1949), iPhone 4s, April 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Chesapeake City Bridge, iPhone 4s, April 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013


Last month Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began an iPhoneography Monday Challenge. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. This week’s theme is black-and-white, which has become more and more part of my aesthetic palette.

I’ve written several times about the monochrome–that image that freezes time in black and white. While the reality of what we see is full-bodied natural colors and technicolor, the monochrome brings a presence that can literally move the heart and soul in surprising waves.

I am particularly intrigued by architectural design. To engineer the construction of a  bridge is a human feat of grandeur. Because architectural features often stir my sensibilities and synapses, a bridge connects me more than from one side to the other. It allows me to ponder human ingenuity.

Brooklyn Bridge, Google Images

Brooklyn Bridge, Google Images

Bridges are well suited to black and white. With the right lighting nuances of design can be emphasized. Or structural features recorded. Or expanse can be stopped in time. Or girth can be panned. Many bridges have such simplicity that smaller parts are as exacting as the whole.

Where I live on the East Coast a number of bridges move across wide canals and bays. They are meaningful achievements, and a handful cross the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

In the Lens section is a shot taken on a clear-skied morning heading south through Maryland. The Chesapeake City Bridge was built in 1949, and is a sweetly-topped expansion. It also crosses the C and D Canal, and could not be more sleek and quietly simple. But there is also a charm that can be stilled.

Chesapeake City Bridge, Google images

Chesapeake City Bridge, Google images

I’m so enamored with these human creations that I’ve been working on a Bridge Series. Obviously, bridges are better suited to be photographed with my Nikon DSLR, which is usually what I use for these behemoths. I must confess that I charged my battery, and then neglected to put it back in the camera.

So the above image is an experiment with the iPhone’s ability to take such structures. It’s also an experiment to honor the bridge in the monochrome.

Check this entries for today’s challenge:















Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. For additional posts about my leanings toward black-and-white, click here and here. To see photographs from a stroll across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, click hereThe following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges. 

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black-and-White

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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44 Responses to iPhoneography Challenge: Black-and-White Photography

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  2. basiga says:

    Just joined. I have been looking for IPhoneography, iPodography challenges. Happy to hook on. I am 90% on my iPod, shooting, editing, posting, editing. There are a couple of glitches on the WordPress App that I have to use my computer to correct.
    I want to begin my first post with this entry: Waiting for the Weekly iPhoneograph: B&W

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  4. There is something irresistibly beautiful and mysterious about black and white images. Today, you have me hooked again. Love it!

  5. Rosemarie says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your post about bridges.

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  7. Gallivanta says:

    Bridges are fascinating. I am looking forward to your bridge series.

  8. This is my first time participating in your iPhone challenge and my first black and white photo. Help is welcome. 🙂 I love your bridge shot and look forward to seeing more.

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  10. thank you for the Black & white Challenge Sally! Not my usual terrain and enjoyed the needed publishing to get my pictures in duotone 🙂 Here’s my link: http://wp.me/p3galV-vW

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  12. ideflex says:

    Looking forward to more of your bridges – please have a look at

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  14. Gracie says:

    Very nice contrast, Sally! Happy Monday!

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  16. Melanee says:

    I am a first timer to this challenge and here is my photo for this week’s challenge:

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  18. P.S. I cannot wait to see all your bridges 🙂 I started a series of highway bridges but I need to expand my travels so I have more subjects 🙂

  19. Architectural design intrigues me too!! I took an art history course on architecture and I still think about it every time I view a piece of architecture. Beautiful B&W photo!! Great words and work 🙂

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