The Galapagos Islands in Black and White

The Galapagos Islands are such a colourful place. Thus, what I’m about to present to you is almost a crime. I am about to show you the Galapagos Islands in black and white. Sure, there are some photos where I’ve left some selected colour in the image, but for the most part these were all processed to be desaturated of their wonderful colours. I feel that it gives the images, and really the islands in general, a completely different feel than what you may be used to seeing.

As is generally the case when I go to photograph somewhere that has already been shot to death I attempt to find completely different angles, lights, and moods that haven’t been seen before. This series of black and white images was a part of that process. I hope you enjoy them.

Marine Iguana
Nazca Booby
Blue-Footed Booby
Yellow Warbler
Male Frigate Bird
Marine Iguana Close Up
mockingbird pair
Swallow-Tailed Gulls
frigate bird male
galapagos dove
galapagos landscape
galapagos hood lava lizard
galapagos giant tortoise

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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    • Thanks Steph!

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  1. Wonderful pictures, I’m always afraid to use black and white, but it’s so fascinating!

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    • Thanks Angela. I always shoot in Colour and then switch to B&W since it’s easier to take colour away then add it back later on 😀

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  2. Great photos mate. The colour select definitely works well.

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    • Thanks Dean.

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  3. Definitely no crime going on here! I adore black and white photography and these are just beautiful. It’s always great to see something done a little differently than is expected. Can’t wait to see some more…

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    • Thanks Cherina

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  4. I love the different approach to these photos! And the one of the birds with the orange-rimmed eyes? Amazing!

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    • Thanks Amanda – That’s a swallow-tailed gull… they always look really sinister don’t they?

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  5. Really like the details you convey with the different techniques.

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    • Thanks Sophie

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  6. That such incredible pictures. Transports me to another world, capture every moment of an authentic and clear

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  7. These pictures are amazing. I like how some of the pictures with colored parts really highlight the features of that creature. And how you posted these pictures in black &white is definitely not a crime. It’s beautiful. Thanks fro posting!

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