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Shades of Grey: Canada’s Best Black and White Photography

Colour often steals the spotlight, but there’s something elegant and understated about black and white photography. Here are 25 breathtaking shots of Canada captured in glorious greyscale.

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Woman in field

Image Credits: Photo: Helen Rempel

Storm clouds

This wonderful shot looks like a modern, black-and-white version of an Andrew Wyeth painting. Taken near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, photographer Helen Rempel used a self-timer as she stood at the edge of a canola field.

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Battle island lighthouse

Image Credits: Photo: Richard Main

To the lighthouse

Richard Main really nailed the vibe of April’s Theme Pic Challenge with this gorgeous photo of the Battle Island Lighthouse near Lake Superior. It’s a great example of the power of depth and contrast.

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Crowsnest Mountain

Image Credits: Photo: Tracey Halladay

Misty mountain

Alberta’s Crowsnest Mountain got its name from the local Cree Indians because of the ravens that nested in the region. This shot captures everything we love about mountains-they’re beautiful, historic and larger-than-life. Great job, Tracey!

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Moon at Regina, Saskatchewan

Image Credits: Photo: Wes Tollefson

Silent protector

According to Aboriginal legend, the moon guards the earth at night and has the ability to change the moods and thoughts of humans. With this photo, Wes Tollefson captures the moon in all its amazing and unknowable glory.

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Lake near Mattawa Adventure Camp

Image Credits: Photo: Tanya Allen

Night swimming

Photographer Tanya Allen of Ontario took this serene shot from the docks at the Mattawa Adventure Camp on a cool and foggy Thanskgiving weekend.

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Mother and son walking at dusk

Image Credits: Photo: Aiden Mahoney

Mother and son

Nothing says happiness like some quality family time. Alden Mahoney snapped this shot of his wife and son walking at dusk on Deadman’s Cove Beach in Newfoundland.

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Alberta landscape

Image Credits: Photo: Darlene Wuenschel

Field of dreams

The great thing about a black-and-white landscape photograph is it’s hard to tell whether it was taken yesterday or 100 years ago. However, one thing’s for sure: the Alberta landscape never looked more peaceful. Thanks for sharing, Darlene!

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dale-matthies-train-station

Image Credits: Photo: Dale Matthies

Station to station

Photographer Dale Matthies found inspiration in the old Beach Street Station Restaurant in Goderich, Ontario.

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Maple leaves

Image Credits: Photo: Kim MacDonald Cameron

Under the canopy

It really is impossible to make a maple leaf look bad. Kim MacDonald Cameron took this photo during a recent trip to Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Classic car at waterfront

Image Credits: Photo: Dave Carnahan

Hot rod

Anyone in the mood for a race? Dave Carnahan of Ontario took this photograph at Cobourg’s waterfront, where a selection of old and classic cars can always be seen.

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Man cutting wood

Image Credits: Photo: Linda Sweeney

Firewood

Linda Sweeney of New Brunswick writes: “My husband doing what loves to do in his retirement years-splitting next year’s wood.” He’s done a great job by the looks of it!

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Old gears

Image Credits: Photo: Sean Donnelly

Modern times

The black-and-white theme inspired photographer Sean Donnelly of Ontario to take this high-contrast (and amazingly detailed) shot of worn-out gears.

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Railway tracks

Image Credits: Photo: Cindy Herbert

Round the bend

This postcard-perfect image of Canada’s old railway tracks was captured by Cindy Herbert of Ontario. Thanks for sharing, Cindy!

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Snow covered farmhouse

Image Credits: Photo: Linda Koopmans

Frosted delight

What a beautiful composition. This farmhouse, located in Bloomsbury, Alberta, looks as if it’s being eaten alive by those frost-covered trees. Great eye, Linda!

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Old buggy in barn

Image Credits: Photo: Wes Tollefson

Patiently waiting

Wes Tollefson of Saskatchewan captured this shot of an old buggy. By the looks of it, the buggy has been sitting in that barn for ages!

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Cowboy at farm

Image Credits: Photo: Janice Storch

Branding time

Janice Storch used black-and-white to her advantage by capturing this slice of life in rural Alberta. Who else wants to be a cowboy for a day?

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Owl perched on fence

Image Credits: Photo: Jim Stickel

The watchman

Photographer Jim Stickel of Alberta captured this shot of a stoic owl perched on a fence post during a chinook in the south of the province.

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Cat seated next to car at farm

Image Credits: Photo: Deb Sandau

Moment in the sun

Photographer Deb Sandau grabbed her camera to take this cute shot of Angel, the farm cat. Judging by her graceful pose, she might like the attention!

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Jaguar at Toronto Zoo

Image Credits: Photo: Karen Allin

Predator

Don’t be fooled by those awesome rosette patterns-jaguars are deadly. Photographer Karen Allin took this shot at the Toronto Zoo.

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Icy Trees at Rice Lake, Ont.

Image Credits: Photo: Norma Keith

Long road ahead

Canadian winters can often be brutal, but Norma Keith’s photograph of a peaceful, ice-covered road proves that they’re often worth it.

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Iceberg at Cape Bonavista

Image Credits: Photo: Wilmar Chopyk

What lies beneath

Photographer Wilmar Chopyk was lucky enough to get a glimpse of this iceberg at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland. These large pieces of freshwater ice attract huge crowds in the province every year. Great timing, Wilmar!

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Low angle of railroad

Image Credits: Photo: Bailey Beatrice Holliday

On the tracks

No longer in use, the Vancouver Island Railway runs from Victoria to Courtenay-this shot in particular was taken behind Courtenay. Photographer Bailey Beatrice Holliday writes: “This railroad is an amazing testament to the history of the Island.”

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Cows heading out to pasture

Image Credits: Photo: Cathy Martin

Till the cows come home

Photographer Cathy Martin snapped this lovely shot of dairy cows heading out to pasture in the early morning in Napan, New Brunswick.

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Bay of Fundy

Image Credits: Photo: Roger Lafontaine

Bay of Fundy

What a view! Photographer Roger Lafontaine writes: “While waiting for the high tide to go kayaking, we took a walk by the Hopewell Rocks and took a few pictures from the lookout tower near by.” Thanks for sharing, Roger!

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Abandoned house in rural Ontario

Image Credits: Photo: Doug Burlock

Abandoned

Photographer Doug Burlock’s shot of an abandoned rural farmhouse in Ontario is delightfully mysterious. The cavernous trees make it even more creepy!

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