Black and White photography – Roker Sunderland

It’s that time of year when the weather dramatically changes to dull, wet and overcast. But with this weather comes a great opportunity for photographing moody black and white images. Another favourite subject of mine.

I live in the north east right on the coast of Sunderland so I am able to get some great moody seascapes. Roker beach is 10 minutes from where I live and the iconic Roker pier and lighthouse would seem to be the obvious choice to shoot but I wanted something different, The pier is one of the those things that once you have photographed it then it becomes quite boring.

I took a stroll along the miles of beach to look for something a bit different, something that no one else has got and for me that’s what I love about photography, yes you can shoot what everyone else has got but sometimes you need to look a bit further afield to find a different composition of that location.

I stumbled across this old tree, just lying there helpless in the sand. This was it the image no one else has got. I knew this wouldn’t be here forever as the stormy sea will soon wash this old tree out to sea, you get the image and its gone never to be photographed in that location again.

Roker, Sunderland – Moody Black and White

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This location was at the far end of the beach about 2 miles away from Roker Pier, but if you look carefully you can just about see it in the distance to right. Using the rule of thirds I set the tree just off centre but using the pier to draw the eye to that point.

This was one of the days that screamed black and white image, the light wasn’t great and it was very overcast as you can see.

The image itself was edited in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro which is a great and powerful black and white editing software and in my eyes a must for black and white photography.

Ill be doing a Video tutorial of this edit. So make sure your subscribed to my Youtube channel. 




  1. 7th December 2018 / 5:14 am

    That is a fabulous photo. So atmospheric – congratulations.

  2. 7th December 2018 / 9:46 am

    Great shot! I’m loving B&W myself at the moment – getting out to make some photos would be nice though!
    I always love a longer exposure with water when you get that milky effect. What was your exposure on this?

  3. 7th December 2018 / 7:51 pm

    It is simple in color but you can really feel the movement with the way the water is pictured. Well done. #thatfridaylinky

  4. 9th December 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Moody is the perfect word for that beachscape.

  5. 9th December 2018 / 7:27 pm

    I love using b&w to add to the mood. Loving this photo

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  6. 9th December 2018 / 7:37 pm

    That is a fantastic, dramatic image. I hadn’t thought that black and white would be good at this time of year, but that makes a lot of sense!

  7. 13th December 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Ooh lovely image and great to see some amazing photography in blogging too #adventurecalling

  8. 15th December 2018 / 11:43 am

    Wow! What a fabulous image, I love it, it’s so dramatic. #adventurecalling

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