Saturday, January 22, 2011

Paris en hiver... Jardin des Tuileries




In December the Jardin des Tuileries was full of people braving the frigid weather. This photo was taken on the west end of the garden and you can see the Musée de l'Orangerie in the background. In posting this photo I could not decide between the color shot above or the black and white below. It seemed that there was barely any color at all in the top one... Which do you prefer, or neither?




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26 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

They are both beautiful, Genie. If I had to choose, my leaning is towards the colour. Still almost black and white, but the tinges of colour add a lovely subtleness for me. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Diane said...

Most of my photos taken in December were like this - almost no colour at all - quite amazing! I have no preference, I love them both.

Miss Sadie said...

Le jardin en hiver. The lack of natural lighting makes the picture very stark, even without the black and white.

The little bit or green on the roof of le musée, and the sepia walls, and the white of the snow, make for a softer picture on a cold day.

Andy said...

It's that time of year when everything looks drab. Almost every one the photo has clothing of dark colours. The odds were against you.

Malyss said...

The B&W version is a little more out of time, but both give a good feeling of the mood of that day.Paris under snow can be sooooo romantic, especially in such places!

Virginia said...

well to be honest I also thought the top one was BW. I do think the bottom is my choice though. They could almost skate!V

Halcyon said...

A pretty scene. Such a fun place to people watch.

Birdman said...

I like the top one withe the subtle coloring.

Harriet said...

I like the top one but I'm partial to any rooftop that has even a slight hint of a green patina.

Abby said...

I'm actually leaning toward the top one as well... the color is very subtle.

Stickup Artist said...

Hi Genie, just wanted to stop by and thank you for your visit and oh so nice comment. And wow, you live in Paris! What a dream come true. I love your header photo and it sure does look cold there, but lots of fun no matter what the weather in such a dynamic city. Personally, I like the black and white version on the snow scene. Makes one wistful for bygone days!

Cezar and Léia said...

Some fresh air is good even on a cold day!
God bless you!
Cezar

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shell -- I am wishing a wonderful weekend for you, too! I like the tinge of color also...

Diane -- Sometimes the winter weather makes for interesting scenes in Paris... merci!

Miss Sadie -- Merci, mon pet't chien! I love the green roof too

Andy -- Well, I do like the photo and the near b/w appearance... I think that the tinge of color emphasizes the dreariness

Malyss -- Living in a place where everything would shut down if there was an inch of snow, I am always surprised at how "quiet" the landscape is in a busy city like Paris

Virginia -- I have some photos of other places where they really could as it was frozen solid

Halcyon -- Merci, mon amie! I think that we were standing at the top of the stairs looking down on the scene

Birdman -- Merci... you are a person who understands color for certain!

Harriet -- If that is not patina on l'Orangerie we will pretend that it is

Abby -- Merci, mon amie!

Stickup Artist -- Wow! I wish that I did live in Paris and I love that someone would think that... I live in Mobile, Alabama but am a very frequent visitor in Paris (and beyond) Thanks about the header... the black and white photo does remind one of "olden days" (and you cannot see any smart phones here either)

Cezar -- It did feel good to be walking about without either snow or rain falling... God bless you and Léia too

Petrea said...

I usually prefer color, but in this case I like the B&W. It makes the photo seem timeless.

SoozNooz said...

They are beautiful and in this particular instance I really like the colour, the hint of red on the pants of boy in the middle is intriguing.
x

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Petrea -- I usually prefer color but I was torn with this one... the b/w takes it back about a century

Suzi -- Tiny bit of red, the green chairs at water's edge (or ice's edge)...

To all -- I think to show on the blog I like the color but if I were to print it out or publish it, I would choose the b/w... Thanks for all of your thoughts on this and with views on both sides it is easy to understand why I was having a difficult time deciding color vs. b/w

Of course, I will continue to read comments... Thankfully no one said "neither" - hah! Merci à vous!

Randy said...

I love both version but that pale hint of color does draw me in a little more.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- Thanks for chiming in... merci!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» joins the chorus of those whose initial reaction was these are monochrome images!

Alexa said...

I love the first one, with the tiny touches of color (and at first I thought it was b&w).

Kristin said...

Hard to say....maybe the black and white one :)

cieldequimper said...

Did you by any chance see the beautiful Kertecz exhibition at the Jeu de Paume?

BC said...

Really like the black and white - looks like it could be from the 1800's.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Louis -- I should have kept it a secret...

Alexa -- Merci, mon amie

Kristin -- Looks like the b/w is winning

Ciel -- I sent you a message, but regrettably I missed what I am certain was a fabulous photography exhibit

BC -- Merci, and thank you for making a comment today

Starman said...

I always prefer color to b&w. Easy to see you didn't grow up in the era of b&w everything.

Sara Louise said...

My favorite spot in Paris! (besides Galleries Lafayette of course!)