Monochrome Moments: California

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”

~ Andri Cauldwell


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Arch Rock, Bodega Bay


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Point Reyes Headlands


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Shell Shadows


“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

~Eliot Erwitt


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Oak and Vineyard, Sonoma


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

At Rest


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Live Oak, Napa


“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

~Dorothea Lange


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Kelp, Big Sur


California, Landscape, Photography, Nature, Black and White, Monochrome

Tomales Bay Meditation

Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, PhotographyTags: , , , , , , ,


  1. Great set of bnw images. Congrats !

  2. So lovely 🖤🤍

  3. Fab again. I’ve often wondered about the quirks of “technology”. If Daguerre and Niepce had produced the first photos in colour we would never have learnt about the immense potential of B&W.

  4. A very nice series. Great to see your photos again.

  5. There is something special with B&W photography in that it emphasizes the mood of the subject ~ and these are all incredible shots. Your photo of Tomales Bay is perfectly titled as “Meditation” it fits the day and also with all that is going on, a peaceful feeling.

  6. great pictures!
    and thanks for your compliments and comments just a few minutes ago. sorry, i´ve pressed the wrong button and unfortunately your comment was deleted. sorry.
    late summer greetings from berlin, daniel

  7. Incredible! I couldn’t agree more with the first quote. The Point Reyes photo is especially stunning. It makes me want to walk into it and along that beautiful trail…

  8. Great quotes to ponder and your photos are awesome. If I had to pick just one, it would be Arch Rock. I went looking for the arch because of the title, the subtle people give it scale and I love the high contrast. I think the skill in mono is knowing how much detail to keep, and how much to blow out those highlights and shadows. I find it hard to discard detail.

    • Hi Tas, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I’m happy you liked this collection and Arch Rock in particular. It’s one of my favorite spots on the headlands of Bodega Bay, CA, a charming coastal town in Northern California. Agree, the gradation of tones is a key focus. Bringing out darkness unnaturally is something I am careful not to do. Glad you like the tiny humans on the landscape to give it scale.

  9. What a beautiful post. All the shots have a wonderful feel.

  10. hi jane, these are really great moments that introduce us here. I like it very much.
    best regards robert

  11. They’re all beautiful but I just LOVE that seashells one!! Absolutely lovely shots

  12. Wonderful compositions and B&W conversions! Love the vantage point and lines in ‘At Rest’.

  13. Beautiful and inspiring as always.

  14. 🤍 the gritty textures in the shots of the shells and kelp. So tactile.

    Best wishes for the week

  15. Very much agree with the first two quotes here, Jane. Wonderful set of images – my favourite is Shell Shadows. Adrian 🙂

  16. Jane, I truly enjoyed your B&W images. You know at times monochrome is just the best choice to demonstrate a certain mood according to the subject. And so did your images.

  17. Wow, Jane. The people in that first image really give a sense of scale. I just want to run my fingertips lightly over the shells. Are you missing the north coast?

    • Thanks very much, Gunta. I’m pleased you noticed the tiny humans. Yes, I do miss the landscapes of NorCal greatly but I’m quite happy in our new home. Someday we will be able to do a road trip up north. Someday…

  18. Love the contrast and crispness of these pictures. I love the shells on the sand picture!

  19. The stark beauty of the California landscape is very noticeable in your amazing monochrome photography, Jane.

  20. Beautiful monochromes, all very special and clearly yours!
    The kelp looks like plastic 😀

  21. Stunning collection, Jane, a joy to look at! Hope all is well! Happy Sunday and stay safe! Marcus

  22. There are some real beauties here, Jane. The Elliot Erwitt quote is such a good one. You have mastered black and white. 🙂 Love the shells and kelp (such wonderful detail there!), and the shorebirds. Also, the oak and vineyard, which I hope have been spared. I could see cropping a little more off the left side and bottom to make the eye move toward the trees in the back. I love the way the textures in the clouds, trees and grapevine leaves echo one another. Have a good week – I hope it’s smoke-free.

    • HI Lynn, Happy you like these conversions to B&W. I’m glad you like the close-ups (right up your alley) Interesting thoughts on Oak and Vineyard. It’s a pretty complex image. My focus was to give the big oak breathing room, but I can see how your cropping suggestion may draw the eye to the background trees. Thanks so much for sharing your critique.
      I think the air quality is still poor up north, unfortunately, but changes every day. Hope you are having a good weekend. Looking forward to reading your post. 🙂

  23. A very nice monochrome series. There is a certain revealing nature when things are seen in B&W. The kelp image reminds me of a gasoline siphon with the bulb-like bulge. 🙂

  24. Great selection of images, Jane…. I love oak and vineyard Sonoma

  25. Marvelous series, Jane. I just love those live oaks!

  26. The more time I spend in photography, the more I like B&W. I especially like the oak and vineyard because it is multi-layered. Five layers?

    • Thanks so much, Jack. That’s good to hear. I love that you counted the layers in Oak and Vineyard. 🙂 Perhaps you may not have noticed it so clearly in color? Hope to see some monochromes in your work.

      • Hi Jane — I have a section in my Smugmug site (in Favorites) on B&W. I am reorganizing the site and will likely expand it. Wish you could visit us again. We are producing a little video to “advertise” the club, and one shot in it has you with Clay Bolt. We are going to put up a new website in a month or so, and it will be in there.

        • Hi Jack, I always enjoy going to your SmugMug site– will check out your B&W section. I am redoing my Smug, too…so much updating is needed. How fun about your photo club website. Will look forward to it. Thanks!

  27. Beautiful monochrome images Jane 🙂

  28. A beautiful series of images, with some fabulous quotes. 👍👍👍

  29. Each one has a story to tell. Love the shell. And the kelp all tangled and wet. And the easy grace of “At Rest”.

  30. Beautiful pictures Jane, the Black and white gives them a stuck in time feel. Nice frames you have choses. Well done 🙌

  31. Your shots are equally stunning in mono!

  32. Duuuuuuuuude. So nice! Black and white is interpretive! Bodega Bay, Sonoma, mannnnn all of these are greats shots. Very cool series.

  33. Looking great 👍🏻 looks like the work of a pro 😉

  34. Lovely, once again. I particularly like the kelp photograph, not too tangled and full of texture.
    California (and other places) is really going through it…
    Thanks, Jane!

  35. How beautiful. The oaks and the bay especially.

  36. Sometimes colour can distract the view. I particularly like the Oak and Vineyard shot!

  37. So many beautiful photos, Jane! I admire your work so much. ❤️

  38. Fabulous monochrome shots of a beautiful landscape!

  39. Excellent series, Jane. I’m particularly fond of “shell shadow” – it’s unique and has very ice contrast, well done!

  40. lovely pic with the vegetation shadows

  41. Beautyful Monochrome Pictures👍👍👍

Love to hear what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: