Black And White Sunday Composition


I just saw a post with a single black-and-white image from Cardinal Guzman. He named it B&W Sunday: Lysebotn, and it’s a very striking image that I recommend you go take a look at.

He linked to another site where Paula is coordinating images under themes, and today, Sunday, the theme is black-and-white compositions, and this is my contribution.

Through the cleverness of WordPress I have also set this image as the featured image for this post. If you want to see the photo in this post at larger size, click the image in the post and it will open in a new window or tab.

If you go to the main page of this site, you will see that the header image is quite different. It is a panorama taken with my iPhone a few weeks ago and it is a sweeping image across the garden of the cafe in front of the Queen’s Palace at Holyrood here in Edinburgh.

I must go on a tour of the palace and photograph inside the Palace gardens.

About This Photo

The small, stone building in the foreground is an outhouse in the grounds of a hospital on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and in the background are the Pentland Hills.

Here is the colour of the stone before converting to black and white:



  1. Paula says:

    I like it in Black and White. It gives it a timeless look. Excellent composition, David. Thank you for joining the challenge.


    1. Thank you, Paula. That’s a good observation that it gives the image a timeless look. 🙂


  2. vanglo48 says:

    I liked waking up to this on my Sunday morning. There’s something more textural to Black and White. Framed well being a tad off center with the hills creating a good depth. Nicely done.


    1. Thank you for your nice comment. I agree about Black and White photos. I just went to see a retrospective of Harry Benson and the recent colour photos just don’t evoke the same desire to wander around in the tones of the images like the earlier ones do.


  3. restlessjo says:

    It’s a lovely building. 🙂 Hang on, David. I’m following instructions as fast as I can 🙂 🙂


    1. Take your time 🙂


      1. restlessjo says:

        It’s ok- I did it 🙂 Liked the header and love Cardinal’s Nordic scene.


  4. Awesome pic David! I’d swear that it’s done (at least; ) a century ago. Well done!


    1. Thanks, Deb. It’s given me the impetus to try some more B&W experiments. 🙂

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      1. Just looking through some ‘attached’ posts when I (re)discovered this one. (You really should have this photo made into a puzzle David; the shading is sublime!). And I truly did laugh while reading the attached text this time around – mustn’t have noticed the first time by, or else I surely would’ve mentioned it then – but, while I realise that an ‘out-building’ is one which lays outside the main perimeter, an ‘out house’ is a term for the outdoor facilities employed before (or in the absence of) in-door plumbing, aka The Privy? A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet? ROFL


        1. Ah, in British English an out-house is a building separate from but within the boundary of the main property. Or it can be attached to but with a separate entrance and of a lower construction than the main property. It can be a privy, but it doesn’t have to be.

          I grew up in Leeds in the north of England. My mother grew up in the Leylands, back-to-back rows of houses built in the early 1800s for workers in the mills. The mostly had privies in the back yard and no indoor plumbing except for a cold tap.

          Thank you for the compliment about the photo. I think part of the ‘dreamy’ quality rests with the camera. I noticed that with the lens wide open and at certain apertures it would produce a faint ghosting of the image – as though someone had smeared the lightest of coatings of Vaseline on the lens.


  5. I love this photo-the black and white really brings out the textures of the building materials-it also made me think how buildings can be a place out of time-I used to survey historic buildings and in the rural areas particularly, those buildings could just be haunting-this evokes the same kinds of feelings-well done!

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    1. Thanks. I like it too.

      I am never sure why one shot works and another doesn’t. Maybe it’s the way the building is cuddled in the corner, giving it a sense of place.


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