Best of 2010 – Landscapes (Part 2, BW)

This is the second part of the “Best of 2010” collection for landscape photography. I have not done much of black and white photography, so the below images are sort of “experimental”. Let me know what you think of these! If you like the way they came out, I will post a quick tutorial showing how I did it.

Turret Arch BW

NIKON D700 + 16-35mm f/4 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/10.0

1) Turret Arch BW 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Tree BW

NIKON D700 + 16-35mm f/4 @ 32mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/11.0

2) Tree BW 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Layers BW

NIKON D700 + 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/11.0

3) Layers BW 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Lake BW

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm, ISO 280, 1/160, f/8.0

4) Lake BW 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Dead Horse Point BW

NIKON D700 + 16-35mm f/4 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/8.0

5) Dead Horse Point BW 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


  1. 1) Diane Burchfield Johnson
    January 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Love those BnW photos. It always come out beautifully. Something that does attract the beautiful landscape pose. :)

  2. 2) Arpan Mukherjee
    January 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Awesome… Waiting to see the tutorial…
    Also can you please start a tutorial on post processing (if not technique, still for post processing ideas).
    I’m in love with your site. It has become my tutor…
    I just back from my first photo shoot outing to Himalayas with D90… Will post the photos soon for your comments on areas of improvement and faults…
    Thanks a lot for everything you are doing for all photo enthusiastic like me…

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Arpan, thank you for your feedback! Will definitely post some tutorials on post-processing (on my to-do list).

  3. 3) Tom
    January 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

    These are great. By chance did you use HDR in the second or third photo?? They look great, especially the Tree.

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you Tom! Nope, all of the above images are non-HDR.

  4. 4) Scott Duncan
    January 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

    These are fantastic! Great work. Looking forward to the tutorial.

    Were the Lake and Horse Point done with a wide angle lens? I’m heading to England in a few months and looking for a new lens. Thinking about a wide angle for architecture, countryside landscapes, etc.

    Your site is great. Thanks for all the tips.

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Scott! Both images were shot with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. If you are looking for some details on exposure, etc, I left full EXIF information on all of the above images…

      What camera are you using?

      • 4.1.1) Scott Duncan
        January 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        I’m an amateur shooting with a Canon t1i. I have both kit lenses and the f1.8 50mm. I was thinking of a better walk around lens, then I started thinking it might be the time to invest in a wide angle instead.

        • Nasim Mansurov
          January 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

          Scott, a good wide-angle lens is definitely worth looking at if you are interested in landscape photography. Many of my friends that shoot Canon have the 17-40mm f/4L lens and they all love it… It is a pro-level lens that is not very expensive and it takes 77mm filters!

          • Scott Duncan
            January 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

            Thank you so much for the recommendation. Looks pretty sweet. Really decent price for an L lens. I’ve added it to my wish-list.

            I was actually thinking of something below the 17mm, but I notice most of those don’t have the range, they’re usually 10-20mm or something. Would the 17-40mm still be good for architecture, such as exteriors and interiors of buildings?

            Thanks for your time, and I won’t take anymore of it. It’s almost like we have our own thread and I never intended to do that.


            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              January 28, 2011 at 2:59 am

              Scott, absolutely! The 17-40mm is great for everything, including architecture…

  5. January 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

    would love a short tutorial on how you did this shoot–
    — am i understanding that you’ll show how to change original shots that were done in colour to be as solidly beautiful as when you converted them to B/W?

    • January 28, 2011 at 3:01 am

      Tony, I’m in the process of writing a tutorial :) And yes, I will certainly show the entire process of converting a color image to B/W – I will use one of the above images as an example.

  6. 6) Matt Mathai
    January 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Nasim, great stuff. I’m really happy you didn’t boost contrast up too much, unlike some other B&W stuff I’ve seen. The tree image (#2) is awesome – the lines on the trunk work perfectly in B&W.

    Haven’t shot much in B&W. This is quite inspiring.


  7. 7) Myrna
    January 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You inspire me everytime I go on your website. These (and all your) pictures are great. When you post your tutorials (I assume alot of these are post processed), can you show the originals with the EXIF info? I need a hand holding tutorial as far as telling me everything you did step by step to achieve your beautiful pictures.
    Thank you so much.

    • January 28, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Myrna, the EXIF information is already embedded in all of the above images – I always leave EXIF on all of my images for our readers to learn. I will be posting a tutorial on how to convert images to BW later this week.

  8. 8) Will
    January 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Nasim, for someone who ‘hasn’t done much b&w’, these are magnificent. The spirit of Ansel Adams definitely lives in these photos. I would *LOVE* a quick tutorial. In general your site has taught me so much, so thank you.

    • January 28, 2011 at 3:04 am

      Thank you Will, appreciate the feedback! “The spirit of Ansel Adams” is a very big compliment for me, thank you once again! I will be working on the tutorial this weekend.

  9. 9) John McMurdo
    February 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    I have really been enjoying your website, particularly your landscapes, reviews and technical advice. I know you’re very busy, but I would be very interested in being able to view the EXIF data for each of your photos while I’m viewing them. This would greatly assist me in learning to use my “new” equipment – a used D700 with only about 9000 actuations which I just purchased this week. I am currently only using my old AI and AIS manual focus Nikkor lenses that I acquired when I was using a 35mm SLR (Nikon F3). I have only been able to shoot one day this week owing to foul rainy weather … but I am impressed with the results so far. It does look like I will have to do a lot of experimenting with aperture settings to get the best DOF. I have just come from a 4/3 camera where usually you get too much depth of field!
    PS: I love your wife’s lemon pie!

    • February 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you for your feedback John! Yes, the EXIF data is already embedded in the images as you found out below. D700 with only 9000 actuations sounds great! Mine has over 100,000 actuations already and it is getting old, but still works great – love the camera.

  10. 10) John McMurdo
    February 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Sorry Nasim,
    I missed your note to Myrna about EXIF data being imbedded in the images…

  11. 11) Mike Lewis
    May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I’m a zone system photographer that is getting older and getting tired of hauling around my Sinar. I had a question about the D7000. If I shoot in B&W mode and set the camera to jpg + Nef will the Jpg be B&W and the Nef file be color when imported into Lightroom? I like the idea of shooting with a B&W preview, but still having the ability to use the raw file as a color or B&W file. I also like the idea of having a jpg B&W file as a thumbnail.

    I love your work and really like what you have done with the B&W conversions using the D7000. The D7000 is the first digital camera that has made me really think about jumping to digital. Thanks for a great site and wonderful photos!


  12. 12) Mark
    May 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Dead-horse-point is now my new desktop-wallpaper. It looks fantastic! Thank you very much.

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