When we think of wildlife photography, we usually think of images with vivid colors. Most of the time, the colors tell as much of the story as the pose or behavior of the animal photographed -- most of the time, but not always. Sometimes, taking out the color actually helps our eye to see form, pattern and expression that could otherwise be missed when we're distracted by vibrant hues and tones. Black and white photography reduces how much information our eyes and brain need to take in, and the results can mean an even more powerful, compelling, and simply gorgeous photographs. The images below are perfect examples. Feast your eyes on these monochromatic pieces of art.


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baby elephant

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red deer

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cape buffalo

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Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

14 stunning portraits show the beauty of black-and-white wildlife photography
Stripping away the color from an image can create dramatic, emotionally charged portraits of wild animals.