Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White

Every Monday I submit entries to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.

I have just visited her blog and saw beautiful monochrome images of New York. Her description of ‘The City’ is fantastic and brought back memories of the metropolises I have visited or lived before.

Having lived in cities with over 3-20 million inhabitants, and now living in Amsterdam, where there are around 800 thousand inhabitants, perhaps may explain my fascination and preference for smaller cities and proximity to Nature. 

Today, I am sharing photos of Durgerdam, taken during one of my bike rides, which is one of the small villages close to Amsterdam. There time seems to never fly, making it the best place to stop and contemplate nature, while having a ‘koffie verkeerd’ (wrong coffee), the so-called Latte.

These photos come in two versions. Both converted to monochrome in LightRoom. Then I applied a high contrast and structure filter in Silver Efex Pro. Additionally, I have reduced shadows in the second version of each photo to soften the effect of the filter. If you wish, click to enlarge the photos.

Typical architecture.




A panorama of the village.




I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. 

Shot with an iPhone5.

The schedule theme for this week’s challenge is: Black and White


 Thanks for visiting!

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Sharing sights & insights captured with diverse angles. Ex-corporate, now my own boss. Cycling, hiking, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photography, are no longer only hobbies listed on my resume. It's what I do when I want.

21 thoughts on “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White

  1. That first image seems to be a tip of the hat to the past–the culture and history of the small town. Your panoramas are the push to have me add panorama to the fourth week and Challenger’s Choice. What do you think? Your set does give me a sense of the village, which has touches of nature’s wonder. Happy Photo Challenge.


  2. They are absolutely different , in terms of “atmosphere”….In my opinion , the first photo is more realistic and gives the idea of people living inside the houses…
    While the second one reminds me of fairy tales and cartoons….


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