Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Weathered Door

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I really love this old weathered door that I came across in Tel Aviv's decaying but slowly gentrifying Neve Zedek neighborhood. Its age lends itself well to sepia but as I often do I prefer the full color version, it tells us more of the story.
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Which one gets your vote? Why? (There is of course no "right" answer, I'm just curious.)
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32 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Robin, I SHOULD vote for sepia but I DO like the color version myself! It's wonderful! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Ralph said...

In either view, the weathered grain on the wood is stylish. The colors subtle, the sepia looking antique. This could be from 100 years ago, and modern people pay high prices for such antiquity. Nicely captured!

anymommy said...

I like the color version because of the traces of bright blue paint. When we were on Capri, I loved all the bleached white houses with bright blue doors. Someone told me it was because the blue color wards off evil spirits. I'm wondering if there's a similar "ancient" belief in Israel?

Mimi said...

Oh full colour for me- it shows the ageing process much more clearly.
But the reason I choose colour is because I reckon, why not have the full spectrum if it's available?

Neas Nuttiness said...

They are both very cool!

kaye said...

they are both nice, but I tend to think color tells a better story too. nice shot.

Ms. Latina said...

I love the color version better! It looks more vibrant and full of history, alive somehow. The sephia looks dead, lifeless and doesn't pul me in at all.

So there it is my unprofessional vote is COLOR! LOL

SandyCarlson said...

I like the out of time quality of the sepia. I wonder who is on the other side. Or what!

Phyllis Sommer said...

i love the blue....such a great shot!

Dimple said...

I prefer the color version, also. I agree it tells more of the story; the patina on the handle shows it has copper in it, and the chain is iron that has rusted. You can't tell that from the sepia.

Tricia said...

I like the color version, but I love the sepia version! It's fantastic & very artistic!

quilly said...

Both versions of this pic are fantastic, but I like the color version best. The color version has a "backstory". One can look at it and see what was.

Kat @ For the Love of Chaos said...

Very creative shot! :) I am in love with the black and white!!

Yaelian said...

I prefer the color version,it looks painted with time. Neve Zedek is so full of lovely things,I love that place!

Marie Höglund said...

I love the sepia photo.

Marice said...

both are such a nice pics. but my vote goes to the second one :) sepia made it look like a classic piece :)

thanks for viewing mine :)

Tricia said...

Hi there,

You asked if the water was always that calm (in my photo)- No, it gets pretty choppy at times, the lake is man made & is very shallow, too.

moneythoughts said...

I like the color version too. The blue, though light in color, stands out nicely against the softer wood tones of the door. The subject matter is good too, tells a story.

Daryl said...

I agree, two excellent shots but the original is better .. IMO!

imom said...

I love the color version!

Annie said...

I like both pictures very much. So full of diverse textures. Must admit though, that I'm very partial to brown/blue combinations and the original really keeps my attention.

Bonny said...

I agree with everyone who chose the coloured photo. We see in colour and that is so basic that I almost feel I need to radjust my thinking if I see a sepia toned photo. I think it might be easier if the sepia tones also had highlights of other colours, like variations of sepia going into yellow or lower into red-browns. It would capture more of our interest as does the coloured photo with the blue and orange tones.

Excellent composition and detail. Fabulous photo, either way you look at it :)

Mojo said...

What? No black and white for comparison?

Actually, I'm inclined to agree with you on this one. Normally I'm partial to monochrome for aged subjects, but the colors in this shot really add a lot more than simple pigmentation.

That said, the sepia version doesn't suck!

Dianne said...

I like the color better as well
the bits of color enhances the texture

Ayie said...

that weathered door still holds it own beauty =)

Jill said...

my husband has a thing for doors... beautiful!!

AVT Coach said...

Of all photos of objects doors are my favorite. I have a whole thought process about different kinds of doors, plus they are so beautiful in their design uniqueness. The more decaying..the more of a story they could tell. My what a story your door could tell!

Shannon said...

Lovely! I am a color girl too. I love the idea of black and white and sepia but I always feel like something gets lost when the color is removed.

Rivka said...

I like the original

Janet said...

The colored one, definitely! The details are too beautiful to lose.

Nadine said...

Very beautiful!

Beth F said...

Love the door. I take a lot of shots of hinges and doorknobs and door knockers.

I love the sepia image.