Frozen Bubble Toes?

Bubble Toes in Color

ISO 100 f/ 2.0 1/25 sec (RAW)

Bubble Toes in B & W

ISO 1600  f/2.8   1/250 sec  (JPEG, Preset “Film Grain”).

Which is the more successful composition here?  Is the image better in color or B & W?  I’ll be grateful for any feedback.  Thank you!

47 responses

  1. I am torn as I like them both, I thought these were captured perfectly, but since your subject is the bubble toes, I prefer the B&W conversion because there is no color to distract me from the subject itself.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    • Hi, Gracie. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I am torn, too, and am drawn to the B&W for the same reason you are. The image feels sharper to me. I just checked out your blog, and was completely drawn in by what I saw there. I am delighted to discover your work and look forward to following your blog. Thanks again!

      January 11, 2012 at 1:47 am

  2. I really like these. 🙂 Just wonderful. And I think I prefer the color. I notice the foot/toes moe and it’s warmer, which I like. Nicely done! 🙂

    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    • Hi, Katie. Thanks for your feedback and kind words. I see I have comments from other bloggers, too, which I haven’t had a chance to reply to yet, and you’re not alone: it looks like there is a stronger preference for the color photograph. It’s an interesting notion, capturing warmth in ice, but it does offer something human to the “bubble toes.” 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 1:51 am

  3. I personally like the colour version…it has more life for me….great spot

    January 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    • Thanks, Steve. It looks like the color version is the “winner.” I like your point about it having “more life,” since a feeling of a live presence was exactly what I felt I had come across when I discovered these bubbles in the ice. The B & W photo doesn’t feel as “human” as the color version.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:02 am

  4. I like the color since it gives some hint of context. But either is great.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    • Hi, John. Thanks for your input. I think you’re right that the hint of context adds a special dimension to the color photo.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

  5. Thanks for checking out my rambling, err, I mean blog. I like you visual explorations. Keep at it and let it lead you to wherever.
    In response I like the color image better. The background has more depth because of the color and the foot shape stands out more.
    Keep shooting.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    • Dave, it was a pleasure visiting your blog, and I’m so glad to have discovered it. I have so much to learn and am eagerly searching for work that inspires me and that I find will be helpful to me as I make my own way. Your work definitely caught my eye, and I plan to dig into your archives.

      Thank you for stopping by here and taking the time to comment on my post. I really appreciate the feedback.

      By the way, I love my Panasonic Lumix (I saw that you are also a fan.)

      January 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

  6. in B/W…

    January 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

  7. I loved both of them… they are both talking… you are amazing photographer, impressed me all your works. Thank you and once again I am so glad to meet with your photography, with my love, nia

    January 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    • Thank you, Nia, for your generous comments. I am deeply touched that you would take the time to look at my work and offer your feedback.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  8. Lovely shots, I like both, colour has more life but mono is better balanced and wd look good as part of a series of mono frozen bubbles:)

    January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    • Thank you, Lesley. I like your suggestion. I do have a number of B & W frozen bubbles that I haven’t yet posted. Stay tuned. : ) I really appreciate your taking the time to stop by and offer some feedback!

      January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  9. they are both brilliant, each in their own right.
    thanks for sharing – and thank you for following my blog.
    i am stoked 🙂

    January 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

    • Thanks, Kris. I loved the photos I saw on your blog, and can’t wait to see more. And thanks, to you, too, for stopping by my blog!

      January 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

  10. A little color is better. I like to desaturate my images until the color is barely there and I like softening edges.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

    • Thanks for the idea. I’ll give it try! And thanks for stopping by my blog.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  11. Arna Elezovic

    Black and white is a poem, color is a script. So hard to choose which is best. Depends on what you like to see and read and believe. Great photos, Melanie. I am delighted to see this blog of yours. And yes, I too am fascinated with ice!

    January 13, 2012 at 3:58 am

    • Hey, Arna! Great to see you here! If you’d like to receive posts regularly, you could sign up to follow (either via email or through your blog reader). Thanks so much for visiting and for your wonderful comment.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  12. The black and white concentrates you on the shapes, but the colours are so warm it’s a shame to miss them out – the answer is both, I guess that doesn’t help!

    January 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    • Hi Malc, thanks for your comment, and for visiting my blog. I was just checking out some of your posts from the past few months on your blog and really like your work. I’ll stay tuned.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  13. sandy

    That is really neat!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  14. Wonderful find and wonderful shot.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    • Thank you, Edith, and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog.

      January 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

  15. Both of them are awesome; but I do love colorful things, so the first one is more eye-catchy to me; also because the colors are great.

    January 14, 2012 at 1:19 am

    • Thank you, Pablo! I appreciate the feedback. Others have expressed the same response to the color photograph.

      January 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

  16. Nifty! I like the color one more. The toes look more “toesy”.

    January 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    • Thanks! You’re in the majority in your preference. I love your expression. I’ll borrow “more ‘toesy'” as the official explanation for why the color image is the more successful one. 🙂

      January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  17. It’s good that you were able to get these memen-toes of winter. I’ll agree with the comment above about the first picture looking more “toesy”.

    Steve Schwartzman

    January 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Ha ha, that’s a good one, Steve. I love “memen-toes”! Thank you, too, for your input regarding the “toesy-ness” of the image, which must become an entirely new category now, if I ever come across anything of this sort again!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      • Just don’t stray too far from the topic: you must remember to toe the line.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  18. Dia

    I like the colored version better
    🙂 I like your photos very much

    January 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    • Thanks so much, Dia. I’m really grateful for the feedback.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  19. Wow! These are all so fabulous Melanie! Very inspirational…

    January 24, 2012 at 4:25 am

    • Thank you for your kind words, Irene. And thanks so much for visiting my blog!

      January 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  20. Hi, Lemony, I’m a bit late off the mark here, just having visited your site for the first time. I like them both but am slightly partial to the monochrome version. The colors in the other are subtle and very pleasing, but they distract from the abstract nature of the wonderful foot. Good eye!

    January 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Thanks so much for dropping by, Gary! I’m glad to have feedback anytime.

      January 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  21. I’d go for the colored one, it looks more flesh like…en theos…jim

    January 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  22. I’m so glad I discovered your blog. You have some wonderful pictures. I have to follow to keep up.

    I love the colour version. This was a wonderful shot. So unique, Ive never seen this before. So much detail. Love it.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    • Thank you! And thank you for the feedback on this photo. I just took a visit to your site. I remembered your meerkat photo, and was very happy to look around and see some other work. I signed up, too, and will look forward to future posts!

      February 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

  23. I think the bubbles stand out better in the colored one. And… it looks a bit warmer and nicer to 😉

    February 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    • Thanks, Christina. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for stopping by!

      February 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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