Be Inspired By: Monochrome

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 6 Comments

By removing colour from a photograph you are asking the reader of your image to focus on the textures and shapes and the image is filtered down to it’s most raw form while the compositional elements in the frame are required to carry the story without the emotional impact of colour.

This last weekend we asked you to share your monochrome images on our Facebook page as a part of the weekly Be Inspired By posts.  This is always a very popular theme and it was a damn difficult task choosing only ten images.  Once you have looked through the images below I urge you to take a moment to go and check out all the other images that were shared and then also check out more of the work of the photographers featured below.  Isn’t that what online sharing is all about?

So, here goes with a pretty awesome collection of monochrome wildlife images!

Be Inspired By:  Monochrome


Image by Carol Bell

“Jewels of the Bush” taken on a misty morning in Kruger when the sun peeped thru and lit up all the spiderwebs.

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Image by Alistair Swartz

“A leopardess begins her descent…”

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Image by Carole Deschuymere – Wildlife Photographer

“Big elephant bull at Nxai Pan”

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Image by Joni Munsterteiger

“Mother and baby buffalo (American Bison) lovin’ it up! Yellowstone National Park”

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Image by Heinrich Neumeyer

“A late afternoon drive made even more special by finding this very inquisitive Black Backed Jackal Pup at its den.  The surrounding colours of the setting sun saturated its rustic coat beautifully and we spent the early hours of the night with him as he patiently waited for his parents to return from their scavenge.”

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Image byAlison Buttigieg Photography

“This is Big Vic, one of the large elephant bulls in Mana Pools.”

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Image by William Steel

“A dramatic stormy scene of a springbok catching the last light before the cloud sets in. Khutse Game Reserve, Botswana.”

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Image by Max Waugh Photography

“I hope you guys don’t mind a non-African subject. Here’s a humpback whale exhaling on a foggy morning off the coast of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. The whale fluke-shaped cloud was an added bonus.”

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Image by Fred von Winckelmann

“Monochrome image of lionesses grooming each other, that is one of the things make lions a very social feline. Taken while in the Moremi game reserve, BW.”

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Image by Jaco Marx

“Forest Lions, Mashatu Game Reserve”

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Thanks to everybody who shared their images this week.  Hope to see more of your images in future.

Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Until next time,


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About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

Comments 6

  1. Joni Munsterteiger

    Thanks for choosing one of my photo’s! Beyond excited! Hope I can get some excellent photo’s in Africa like the ones I’ve seen posted–I can’t wait!

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  2. Carol Bell

    Wow Gerry thank you .. It was only when I saw Chris du Plessis image of mist in Kruger that I remembered playing with this spider web. I really do enjoy the “be inspired theme” as I find it a challenge not only in processing my photos but when I go into Kruger I think a lot more of why and how to take my shots…….. its all a learning curb for me. There are some super shots in this challenge and looking at them I wonder how a lot of them were processed… something I want to learn….. and they do help me especially in composing my own shots.

    I wonder if you saw my question on spider web as to why it looked over sharpened when I put it on FB …. and not on the original processed photo.

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      Gerry van der Walt

      Love your spider web image Carol. Really well executed!!

      Sorry, missed the post on FB but from your questions I’m sure it has to do with the way FB processes images when it resizes them for the web. If your original looks good you should be good to go. 🙂 Great to have you part of the BIB themes so keep em coming!

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