Breakfast in Black and White

Black and White Breakfast

Now that the photo lab has re-opened for summer school, I was finally able to retrieve my final project and final portfolio.  I had turned in on the last day of my black and white photography class and since it was (slightly) late, I wasn’t able to take it home with me right away.  My final project was about food, of course.

Turns out that it’s not that easy to do food in black and white!  But in the end, the hard work paid off and I was satisfied with these two prints.

Black and White Banana and Apple

I am so happy I decided to take the photography class last semester. Not only was it a rewarding experience learning to develop my own film and prints, but going back to the basics really helped me to understand more about digital photography. Most community colleges still offer basic black and white photography classes and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in photography!

If you would like to see what I turned in for my final portfolio, keep an eye on my Flickr account as I’ll have the final four photos uploaded by the end of today.  And if you’re interested, you can see a slideshow of my 35mm black and white photos taken throughout last semester. View Slideshow

  1. amanda

    you know, i never thought about doing food photography in black and white but you are so right on! a huge part of what is alluring about food photos is the vivid, realistic coloring that allows you to imagine that it’s real and you can reach into the screen and eat it. i would be sad if b&w food photos became a huge trend, but you did end up with some good ones! 🙂

    3:22 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  2. Cynthia

    I love both pics but I find the first one more alluring.

    5:26 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  3. Ruby

    I love all your pictures Nicole, color or black and white! You are very talented!

    5:36 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  4. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Black and white is always a challenge, but it makes you see food differently, more architecturally. These are fun.

    6:19 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  5. Kristen

    Oh you did a great job on this project! Love the B&W look you have going on.

    7:22 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  6. shivapriya

    Hi Nicole
    How are you both pictures look simply superb.

    7:42 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  7. Nicole

    Amanda: You’re totally right, food really needs to be in color!
    Cynthia: I agree, I like the first one the best too. I don’t know if the food itself is alluring, but I think the photo is more interesting than the other.
    Ruby: Thanks! 🙂
    Lydia: You’re right, I really had to think more about texture where I might have depended more on color normally.
    Kristen: Thanks! I don’t know if you’ll see many more black and white food photos here, but it’s definitely been fun and I hope to keep it up outside of the kitchen!
    Shivapriya: Thanks, it’s so nice to see your comment! I hope your move went well and that you will be back to posting more of your great recipes soon!

    7:57 pm  Jun 30th, 2008
  8. Judy

    i’m so glad youre posting more!!! i absolutely love your pictures!

    9:53 am  Jul 1st, 2008
  9. swirlingnotions

    Nice . . . very nice! I had to do a double take on the first one, as it looked like you’d snapped a pic of the breakfast I’d had this morning!

    4:40 pm  Jul 1st, 2008
  10. TomC

    not so appealing in black and white, still tasty though, give me colour 🙂

    4:58 am  Jul 4th, 2008
  11. Jason

    Great stuff…the black and white makes the toast look extra burnt. Just how I like it.

    7:47 pm  Jul 4th, 2008
  12. Helen

    Well done! I’ve never tried but can imagine that doing food in black and white must be incredibly difficult. So much of the photo is about colour with food. These look good, the toast and egg is my fave.

    6:22 am  Jul 6th, 2008
  13. Jonathan

    I love the breakfast shot on top. It’s cinematic like an early Jim Jarmusch aerial shot in some diner at a counter. Brava!

    2:30 pm  Jul 7th, 2008
  14. Richard Shaffer

    Nicole – LOVE the egg and toast photo. Are people able to add their own food photos to your Flickr account? I am considering enabling that with mine as a way to get people interacting.


    9:30 am  Jul 8th, 2008
  15. Pip

    I love B&W pictures but never thought to take some at food. I love them especially the toast and egg one!

    9:58 am  Jul 8th, 2008
  16. Terry B

    Brava, Nicole! The slide show was fabulous. I did loads and loads of black and white photography before going digital. And I agree, the experience makes you a better photographer. It helps you understand light better.

    7:06 pm  Jul 8th, 2008
  17. Zino

    I believe black and white shots are much better than color for capturing mood. In the first shot (the egg and toast) – I’m seeing a story half-told, maybe half-written, perhaps an idea of loneliness. I think black and white and the texture playground that this medium presents enables opportunities to paint compositions that are about feelings, hopes, and desires in way that is orthogonal to the color shot of the same scene. I hope you keep on experimenting.

    Good luck!

    2:21 pm  Jul 14th, 2008
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    3:42 pm  Aug 2nd, 2008
  19. Caroline

    the breakfast shot is fantastic

    3:17 pm  Aug 26th, 2008
  20. tina

    it was a black and white = thing.

    4:19 pm  Sep 8th, 2008
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