01.23.2016 Your choice Saturday

Yeah, I know…lame, it’s been done before.  But that was Tuesday and this is Saturday, so big difference.

Anyway, when making this image, my naked eye (not really naked as I wear glasses) could not see the prism and other colors and it was my intention to have this in monochrome.  But upon seeing the color I am now feeling so terribly conflicted.     🙂

The color is pretty cool but the black and white emphasizes the shape more which was my attraction.  What do you think?

Ice-Shaped-Color-012316-700Ice-Shaped-B-W--012316-700I’ve shown you ice prisms before.  As much as I do like them, I am more enamored with the shape, contrast and sense of shine that the monochrome provides to a greater degree.  Having said that, I am betting color wins the poll.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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28 Responses to 01.23.2016 Your choice Saturday

  1. Just Rod says:

    Who can resist a prism.
    Such subtle colour against the greys.
    Don’t snigger at my choice of number 1

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    • Nah, that was a one-time bit of childishness on my part, Rod. I prefer to be the mature adult blogger. 🙂
      I guess I am just clinging to my original intent which is prohibiting my more enthusiastic response to the color. It’s growing on me.


  2. BuntyMcC says:

    The colour. That’s what a prism is, right? the refraction of light at different angles to create colour. You can still see all your black and white detail and the colour is a subtle addition to the monochrome shot.

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  3. I’m always impressed by how much using black & white makes the detail pop, and how cool those images can be…Having said that the color from the refraction of light is really special, I really like it.

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  4. In my opinion, the black and white is more striking – the color distracts me from the overall image.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The shape of the second is attractive, but I’ve never seen the prismatic effect before: at least, not with ice. For me, it’s unusual and compelling: not to mention very pretty.

    The color in the first seems akin to jewels on a basic black dress. Perhaps even nature likes to accessorize from time to time.

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    • I’ve shared a couple of ice prisms over the years, but this was the first time I made an image where it was a surprise.
      I can see the jewel aspect which is made more effective by the dark background.


  6. Jackson says:

    Black and white for me. I think for the color to work, the image would have to be much more fundamentally about the iridescence.

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    • At least black and white is holding its own. Thanks, Jackson. Your critique matches my thinking although I am liking the color a bit more than I expected. As Linda mentions, it is a novelty.


  7. I’m for #1 one-upping the other. Say the prism is priceless or I have a predilection for prisms.

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  8. Gallivanta says:

    Colour it is for me, too.

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  9. bmgphoto says:

    Black and White for me.

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  10. Both of these are totally cool, but if pressed, I simply cannot say no to a prism.

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  11. I’m with you in general with B&W, but in this case, I think it is really cool how the whole image appears black and white except for those pops of color. I think in this instance, color enhances.

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    • I have to admit vacillation, Melissa. I think the one thing that pushes me more toward the black and white is the appearance of the color having been added- at least in my mind. I see a lot of images converted to monochrome but with one element, like a flower, left in color. It is a very popular treatment but not one I find appealing. Guess I am an all or nothing guy. 🙂


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