Black and white photography will always have a special aesthetic—but when you mix that look with night? Shadows and highlights marry into a void painted in silver. Here are the stunning results of this week's Shooting Challenge.

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

WINNER: Rain Room

I was in London, England this past week and decided to check out an art installation called the Random International: Rain Room. As you walk slowly through, the rain responds to your movements and presence in the room and begins to move away from you. When you're in the middle of the room, you're surrounded by rain and it's a pretty cool experience standing in the middle of a rain storm but not getting wet. At the end of the room there's a really bright light which I was taking pictures against and trying to silhouette my friends "dancing in the rain". This was shot using a Canon EOS M with a 22mm f2.0 Pancake lens at ISO200, f3.2 and 1/80 shutter speed.
- Jaspreet Monga

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Mission Beach

Here in Mission Beach, San Diego, heavy fog rolls in often during the nights and creates a moody atmosphere set to the soundtrack of waves crashing just off the path. Everyone here skates and it's cool to watch people appear from nowhere just do disappear into the fog again. I bracketed the shots and ran it through HDR Pro in Photoshop using 6 photos of varying exposures to bring out as much detail as possible. I then flattened the result and sent it to Lightroom where I increased the highlights to showcase the glowing lights, increased the contrast to bring up the blacks and then finally adjusted the noise reduction to smooth out the final shot. I used a Canon 500D, Canon 50mm @ f/1.8, ISO 1600 and multiple shutter speeds from 1/80s - 1/20s.
- Mike Di Edoardo

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Black Hole

Inspired by the recent article featuring some similar photos made with paint, and by watching Through The Wormhole, I made another version with smoke and a vacuum. Lots of help from my girlfriend :)
- Diego Ramirez

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

The Great Debate

Dinner was over as we stood outside not ready to go home. My friends decided on what our night would hold as I snuck this shot of them using my car trunk in lieu of a tripod. During warm Albuquerque nights sometimes just standing outside with friends is all you need. Nikon D3100, Lens 18-55 mm, f/6.3, ISO 800, 10 seconds
- Lucille King

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Galactic Cabin

This image was taken in Telluride, Colorado, near a ski lift atop a mountain, after riding a gondola to get there. Being so far away from city light pollution really allows you to see the never-ending amount of stars in the sky. I could not have asked for a more clear night; I could see the Milky way with my naked eye! Nikon D7000, ISO 8000, 10mm, f 5.6, 32 second exposure
- Amie Hauck

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Termite Flight

I work and live in a really rural area of the DRC with no real electricity (beyond my office generator), so I was having trouble thinking of an idea for night photography. Then on Thursday the rainy season began! And with it hundreds of swarming termites. Right at the start of the rainy season, the winged (or "alate") caste hatches to reproduce. I took this shot using one of our outdoor fluorescents as the main source of light and then I added a rear fill-flash, freezing the last second of flight. The strobe-like effect is due to the flicker rate of the fluorescent. I shot the image with an old Nikon d3100 and a Sigma lens (135mm, f4.2, 1/5 sec, 1600 iso). I post processed in Aperture, really punching the 'definition' setting to give the image some grain.
- Cody Pope

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Delhi Jazz

I tend to carry my camera around most places and so it happened, I had it with me at the open air Delhi Jazz Festival this weekend. The band on stage is Imany from France. They were excellent. They played, we boogied and I managed to get a few decent shots. Canon 550D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM, f/2, ISO 400, 1/250
- Arya Hath Jha

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

Torch

Photography can be an expensive hobby. However, it is absolutely possible to take beautiful photos with cheap, older equipment. It is also absolutely possible to take horrible photos with expensive equipment. Some don't realize that the most important piece of equipment a photographer has is his/her imagination. For this challenge, I came up with the concept of contrasting 'night' with 'light'. I used an old speedlite from the 1980s with a generic wireless flash setup for this photo. The background is the night sky. I particularly liked how the flash's overexposed burst resembles the female statue's torch from the old black and white intro of Columbia Pictures. The only adjustment in Photoshop was a slight levels adjustment to bring out more of the black night background. Panasonic GH1 on tripod, Lumix G Vario 14-45mm, @14mm, f/3.5, ISO 125, 1/125s., wireless flash on tripod.
- James Rogers

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

We Will Remember You

My newborn nephew passed away today. I saw the boat and thought about him fighting through the rough waters and coming home. This one is for you, Baby P. I am miles away but I think about you all the time. May your soul rest in peace.
- Nikhil Nawathe

34 Black & White Photos Of NightS

WINNER (uncropped): Rain Room

I was in London, England this past week and decided to check out an art installation called the Random International: Rain Room. As you walk slowly through, the rain responds to your movements and presence in the room and begins to move away from you. When you're in the middle of the room, you're surrounded by rain and it's a pretty cool experience standing in the middle of a rain storm but not getting wet. At the end of the room there's a really bright light which I was taking pictures against and trying to silhouette my friends "dancing in the rain". This was shot using a Canon EOS M with a 22mm f2.0 Pancake lens at ISO200, f3.2 and 1/80 shutter speed.
- Jaspreet Monga

Remarkable entries this week—so many of you really played with the juxtaposition of shadows and light. See the full galleries below, and find the big shots on flickr.

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