Hengki Koentjoro: Dramatic Black and White Roads of Mount Nebo

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’ve been following the fine art landscape photography of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro with us, you must be used to seeing him tackle seascapes. However, once in a while, he also shows his prowess for minimalist black and white with snaps taken far from seaside settings. The latest example is his short series shot around Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim mountain range in Jordan.

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Hengki Koentjoro’s Black and White Showcase of Mighty Waves

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

From one of our favorite black and white landscape photographers comes another stunning series showcasing the beauty of the sea. This time, he takes us to Banten Province of Indonesia, where he captured the mighty waves of Sawarna Beach and transformed them into minimalist monochrome masterpieces. If you’re looking for some inspiration for landscape photography in glorious black and white, we’re sure you’ll be impressed with his take whether you’ve been following his works for a while or seeing them for the first time.

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Hengki Koentjoro Captures the Underwater Frolic of the Boys of Alor Island

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Jakarta-based freelance photographer Hengki Koentjoro has been on our radar for impressive landscape photography shot in minimalist black and white. But, we’d also like to put the spotlight on his other outstanding photography projects, particularly his artful series featuring boys having a grand time playing in the waters of Alor Island in Indonesia.

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Hengki Koentjoro’s Haunting Black and White Photos of a Bali Beach

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It’s been a few years since our spotlight was on the serene monochrome work of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro. So, it’s time once more for us to dive into the mood of his landscape snaps. The latest of these landscapes feature scenes from Balian Beach in Bali, Indonesia. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to capture the beauty of nature in black and white, you’ll get a good fill from this series.

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Hengki Koentjoro Captures Minimalist Beauty Of The Ocean In Black And White

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Minimalism works best when it comes to effectively isolating the main subject in photographs without unnecessary distractions. Hengki Koentjoro from Indonesia successfully employed the minimalist approach in capturing the lives and objects surrounding the ocean in his photo series “Ocean Recital”.
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Hengki Koentjoro: Fine Art Surrealist Landscapes

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What makes black and white photography so important to you?

My work is in Black and White photography. With black and white, it gives me freedom to express my creativity, especially in fine art photography. Ansel Adam’s Zone System has taught me to see BW in more detail especially with the ability to “play” with the tonality of the medium. It is not only 2 colors; Black and White, but a totally different spectrum that consists of infinite shades of grays. This knowledge has allowed me to do many things in order to create atmospheric photography that accentuates the mood and nuance.

Another master of photographer that has deeply influenced my style is Michael Kenna. His sense of composition is second to none and his ability to create minimalist photography gave the impression that less is more.

I also inspired by Haiku, short poem originated in Japan, it teaches me to be simple and look at this world in the most contemplative way. Haiku is about nature and nature is the place where I seek my freedom, expression, and identity.

What inspires you to create photographs?

I love nature; it helps me get my sanity back. The ocean and mountain, in particular, have that mystic and mystery values that I look up deeply/highly.

Living in Indonesia is a blessing. Boast with 17,000 islands and known for their “rings of fire” where there are more active volcanoes per islands thank any other country on earth. I’m blessed with these playgrounds and I’m free to go wherever I please without any problems. It’s only normal that I love landscape photography.

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world?

It all depends on the genre the photographer specializes in, and what they are shooting on a regular basis.  My preferred genre is in the fine art photography and BW suits this style very much. In my opinion, fine art photography is a genre that is done in a personal, deeply subjective style; something that expresses the spirit of the creator. Rather than reporting what you see, fine art also embodies the character and soul of the one behind the camera and that makes for pictures that are very-unique and also very easy to distinguish from other photographers. So, I will continue with the ambition to be a fine art photographer, first and foremost.

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5 Ocean Photographs That Will Make Your Day Even Better

The ocean is one of Earth’s most beautiful elements. It’s the ideal location to find peace, reflect, and, of course, create photographs. Due to its unpredictable nature, creating good ocean photographs can be tricky. It requires a lot of patience and some understanding of the waters. But when the shot arrives, it can be spectacular. To give you an overwhelming sense of tranquility, we’ve selected five photographs that provide all the healing vibes of the ocean.

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6 Amazing Photographers and Their Black and White Photography

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Who doesn’t love black and white photography? The deep darks and the eye-catching whites are what make this beautiful genre so mesmerizing. We’ve featured many photographers who remove color from their work and instead go for the more classic feel. In fact, the stories centered around the black and white frame have been some of our most popular on the site. And in this piece, we’re going to look at some of the best of them.

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Daniel Řeřicha Takes Us to a Winter Wonderland in Black and White

All photos by Daniel Řeřicha. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Shooting during the winter is a challenging but also great time to shoot for landscape photographers, especially for those who hold a preference for black and white. The scenery tends to easily tip into their favor with the snow blanketing the landscapes, transforming everything into minimalist subjects that look great in monochrome. Take, for example, the gorgeous black and white photos of Czech photographer Daniel Řeřicha around the snowy scenes of the Ore Mountains in Central Europe.

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Philipp Apler Showcases the Beauty of Scotland in Moody Black and White

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Itching to shoot the great outdoors? Scotland is a favorite location of many landscape photographers for its rugged coastlines, mountains, stunning vistas, and other natural wonders. If it’s on your list of dream destinations, we think this monochrome series from Philipp Apler will push you to making that shoot happen!

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Daniel Tjongari’s Black and White Photos of Lone Mangroves Will Put You in Awe

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The tranquil allure of nature is often amplified in minimalist approaches to landscape photography, and we’ve featured a number of stunning examples to demonstrate this. The latest addition to our roster of favorites is the collection of serene seascapes by Daniel Tjongari of Surabaya, Indonesia. Anyone in need of some inspiration in the realms of nature, minimalist, and landscape photography should definitely check his work out.

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George Digalakis Showcases the Tranquil Allure of Minimalist Monochrome Landscapes

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When we speak of landscape photography, minimalism isn’t usually the first technique or style that comes to mind. With black and white, however, there’s more of that given the strong influence of masters, particularly Ansel Adams. When you combine the two, the results are actually stunning, as landscape and fine art photographer George Digalakis demonstrates in his Minimal Landscapes set.

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Minimalist Photography Tip: Liken Your Photo to a Painter’s Canvas

Minimalist photography may sound easy in theory, but it’s challenging when you’re not working with a blank canvas. Photographers, like painters, work with a canvas to create their visual masterpieces. However, the differences in the craft aren’t limited to the tools of the trade. The canvas itself offers a clue on how these two kinds of artists work and the challenges they face to create an artistic image.

In painting, there’s a blank canvas to work with so the painter has the freedom to create an image from scratch. The photographer, in contrast, starts with a canvas that’s already full. Therefore, if the challenge for the painter is to fill the canvas, the photographer’s objective is to empty it.

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How to Create and Compose a Great Landscape Photo

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In my opinion, landscape photography is one of the most important categories in Photography. At some point, we all experimented with landscape photography and for a beginner, it is the perfect way to start learning and master the artistic and technical insights of photography.

I love to travel and when you encounter a beautiful landscape, especially when that moment of the day carries some beautiful emotions with it, your biggest desire is to capture that moment and cherish it, save it in your dearest memory collection and share it with the people you care about. This was the beginning of photography, for me. And like every beginning, you deal with difficulties, but the safest way to approach Photography is by starting with Landscapes. You have enough time to think about your composition, to get the camera settings right and your “subject” will not move or get bored, waiting for you to be ready for the shot. Landscape Photography is forgiving, is comfortable, especially for shy people and it is beautiful.

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Stolen Picture Wins Photography Contest, Then Gets Disqualified

Hengki Koentjoro Stolen Picture Screenshot

The stealing of pictures is, sadly, commonplace on the internet today. But you’d have to be especially ruthless to submit a stolen picture to a photography contest. In the case of a monochrome image by photographer Hengki Koentjoro, however, this was exactly the case. His picture of a scooterist driving through a forest had been submitted to Samsung’s “Live in the moment” contest on facebook, albeit in slightly altered form (see screenshot above.) When fans of Hengki’s work pointed out the fraud, he contacted Samsung about the matter, and the contest entry was disqualified. The stolen picture still remains on the fraudster’s Instagram account, however.

In this case, not much harm was done. In fact, the whole thing probably gave Hengki’s name and work much more public exposure than he would’ve received under normal circumstances. But still, this is probably not the way you’d want to become famous. And in other cases, much greater financial harm might be caused to the copyright holder of an image–which is especially true in cases where pictures of amateur photographers are stolen and used for commercial purposes. Which happens much more often than one would like to believe. In the end, what this goes to show is that no matter how careful you are, you’re never safe from your copyright being infringed upon.

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