Shades Of Sepia

Photographic art & community shared thru photography.

Let There Be Light!!

I really, really wished I had my DSLR for this shot. I know that I appear to say this a lot, but it’s really true. Although cellphones take amazing photos today, they all don’t work in every situation. Well, at least depending on the end result on what you’d like to achieve.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 6 January, 2017
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/15s

City Sepia Lights

I really, really wished I had my DSLR that night. This really would have been an awesome capture! Oh well…

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 8 February, 2018
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

The Face Of The Dark Sepia!

I was playing around with Photoshop this morning. Tried to see what I can create without using any kind of filters. I love challenging myself with this, cause it’s always interesting what I come up with later. It’s also interesting that whatever idea I had in the beginning, my end results are always entirely different! But always turns out better then I originally envisioned it. LOL.

Rose Diamond Butterfly: Emerged At Night

Today, I wanted to work on something entirely different. Wasn’t sure what I wanted, but after a couple of days, this is what I came up with. I took two different diamonds and created a cool butterfly. Like it? Everything using Photoshop.

Two Toned City: Awakening

I hadn’t realized just how long it’s been since I’ve posted any of my images. Don’t worry, I have not abandoned my site. I have a nice one for you today. Believe it or not, this was actually about 8 AM, and for some reason at that second, the scene caught my eye.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 28 October, 2017
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/12000s

Up The Sepia Stairs

For some reason, this scene caught my eye. Most definitely represents the everyday New Yorker.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 9 December, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 80
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

Relax In The Sepia

I really do love this photo. The first thing I thought of when I saw this photo opportunity was, one of those vacation commercials we often see on TV during the summertime. A lonely chair just before someone comes with a Piña Colada w/ alcoholic beverage in his or her hand, and sits down for an hour or two for relaxation. Actually, just looking at the photo if this chair appears to be very relaxing. So don’t forget to every once in a while take a break. As human beings we all need them.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 4 May, 2017
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/391s

Business Card

I did this for a class project last year. I’ve noticed almost everyone is designing their resumes with Adobe logos, as if the reviewer was looking at a live computer screen on paper. I found this to be very interesting. It never crossed my mind. However, it does make sense, the logos are immediately recognizable, and without reading anything, the interviewer knows that you’re familiar with “said” Adobe product. Personally, I would be mindful of how many logos you put on your resume from a design perspective. If it works in your particular design, leave it. If it doesn’t work, omit it. I designed this for a back of a business card in Illustrator. I could have just as easily did this in Photoshop, but I didn’t. Please note that Illustrator and Photoshop are NOT the same! Not even close! Just saying…

Down The Sepia Street

Honestly guys, I can’t wait until it gets warmer. Last year, I had so many things on my mind that I did not go to any photo-walks. If I didn’t have my smart phone, I would not have taken any photos period. I still have several hundred photos unpublished, but it’s still nothing like the enjoyment of going out with my camera. Well, a couple of days ago, it wasn’t exactly warm, but the skies were beautiful enough for this beautiful shot. Thanks for visiting my blog. Remember photographers, always be ready for that unforeseen shot!!

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 14 April, 2017
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s

New Sepia Sky

Sorry guys, didn’t realize it was almost 2 months since my last post. What a beautiful shot! This is one of those perfect examples of “A pictures says a thousand words.” Or at least close enough. My cellphone could not catch all of the beauty that my eyes have captured. Yet, having said that, it’s also so promising to see what technology will have in store for us in the future.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 7 April, 2017
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s



Walking Sepia

I love this photograph so much, because it is one of those rare shots I’ve taken that looks both modern and vintage at the same time. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, sepia seems to enhance the beauty of subjects that are either seasoned folk, of objects from the past. Just my humble opinion.

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Credit:
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Caption: I Know You Got Soul
  • Taken: 13 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 280mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s
  • Title: I Know You Got Soul

Bear Trap Logo

I was playing around with some fonts and came up with the idea of this logo. Fairly simple. I think it looks cool!! Just realized, I think this may be my first logo post!


Turning New Chapters

Since (technically), this is not only my personal blog, but my photographic journeys throughout NYC, I felt that it would be very appropriate to share this piece of myself. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight, I’ve never been the type of person to share a bunch of “before and after photos.” Not that I was embarrassed or anything, it’s just that sometimes that can get so obsessive it can distract you, or even worse, obsess over how little I’ve lost, or how much I’ve gained. Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that that will literally drive you nuts.

So, I needed to renew my passport and I needed to get new photos. I didn’t realize it until I compared my old passport with my new photos how much weight I lost. My jaw dropped. It was a great feeling though, because I never obsessed in the mirror over my weight, it became a big surprised when I saw it in a photo. It has taken me a loooooooooooooong time. But the important thing is I did it MY WAY. I didn’t need surgery. And you know something else? I eat bread! LOLOLOL. Sometimes it is necessary to tell people to mind their F** business so that you can clearly think for yourself. Literally thousands of people will descend upon you (unasked) to give you nine billion personal advice to things they don’t know anything about, or have first hand experience. Sometimes that includes “professionals who are not abreast with new findings/understandings of various conditions, and or health. Other peoples beliefs and assumptions will kill you.

I lost a total of  50+ pounds. My highest was 276, and I’ve reduced myself to 220 ponds. But when I was temporarily unemployed, I gained back 8 🙁  😡 America is so oblivious to stress that we almost never equate that with our health, unless a doctor mentions it.  Let’s not forget the stress that other people causes, especially when they don’t mind their own business! It is so important that you invest in medical magazines, and frequent credible medical websites such as MAYO clinic. Continue to research, on top of your research, don’t just accept the first thing that someone tells you, because health is not a game. Because when your laying in the hospital because a huge complication as a result of what someone told you, the only thing he or she can say is, “but I thought?!?!?” People can see with their own two eyeballs over and over and still don’t get it.

I was going to do this photo in sepia, but I changed my mind. See the RAW Me. So I’m sharing this so that people who are trying don’t give up! Continue learning, and continue QUESTIONING YOUR OWN DOCTOR, not your cousin Bruno who lives up the street. Find YOUR OWN TRUTH. Peace….


Sepia Biotec Industries

Hi guys! As I learn more about design concepts, marketing, and practice more on Adobe products, I decided to share my results on my photography blog. After all, these are also an extension of art too, interpreted from the imagery in our minds. I’m not sure if I’ll keep including them on my main blog feed, as I am concerned that it may indirectly lead the focus from photography to somewhere else. For now, I’ll share it here and and later on I’ll create separate categories for my various projects. Or perhaps create an adobe platform to put them in. It doesn’t make sense to keep my images locked away and no one can see them. Art should be show to inspire and allow others to gain new ideas from other artists.

This particular artwork I want to share is for a fictitious company I made up called Sepia Biotec Industries. It is a simple ad making people aware of who they are and what they do. I’ve created this using Adobe Fuse, and Photoshop. The design is sooo simplistic, yet it says a lot.

Accidental Art

You know, this is another form of art that is not often talked about. I guess maybe it’s because artists don’t normally see things as accidental. Art is supposed to be deliberate, and tell a story. However, when it comes to photography, I think there are some exceptions to the rule, simply because traditional has a science to it. I’m not saying that photography isn’t scientific when it comes to creating images; but if you happen to walk down the street and happen to notice the way light is cast on an object, reality is, you’re not going to automatically take out your tools and start drawing. There’s usually planning involved when drawing. But for street photography its very different.

Long story short, I was in the Mid-Town Manhattan Library a while back, I was using my phone to take photos of their picture archive. I do that occasionally to get inspiration from other artists. Anyway there were two (I don’t know what you call them), I guess portable shelves? next to each other. I had my phone camera still on, and I placed it in between the two shelves temporarily while I looked through other images Then I happen to notice that the way the light came down, and the depth-of-field, etc, etc. Created this wonderful art. It took me a long time to post this simply because I still didn’t know what the hell to call it, but I was soooo attracted to it, I had to take the shot. It almost looks like an ultrasound, then other times it looks like a dress, then I thought it looks like a fractal image, and other times it looks like some sort of bell. I absolutely love the kind of art the screws with your head. Very interesting.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 5 August, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/9s

Walls Of Memory…

You know, I’m a shamed to say that I didn’t realize just how many areas in NYC that participate in remembering 9/11. I guys it is only natural to assume the central place would be The World Trade Center. For the first time, I’ve seen people post a couple of sticky “Post-It” notes on the wall. Didn’t think much of it then, but the second time I came around the wall was being filled up with literally thousands of “Post-It” notes with people’s prayers and wishes in the 14th street train station. It as a pretty powerful scene to watch. But you know what? I respectfully ask, that those who are celebrating the memories of their loved ones, let’s also use this opportunity to reflect back at what the hell happened with this years presidential election, and that you exercise your power as an American citizen, that President Trump (Damn, I feel f**ked up just having to call him that) make sure that this kind of catastrophe doesn’t happen again. Although I know that we have the power to vote him out, America is too backwards and upside down when it comes to politics for this to happen. We’ll just have to deal with it in the best way we can, and don’t allow your beliefs of “what won’t happen, make things happen.”





Vintage Sepia Woman

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a before and after. They’re quite fun to do; in some weird way, they are kind of like putting together a 1,000 piece picture puzzle. However, you do come across photos that are so damaged, they’re not worth doing in m opinion. Why? Because then you’re no longer just restoring, you’re literally rebuilding from scratch, and they often wind up looking like vector art instead of a restored photo.

The photo I found below really wasn’t that damaged in my opinion, however, what mad it difficult was were the damages where located. The biggest problem I had was her eyes. Fixing eyes are not my strong points. But, it’s still important to practice. Any photographic artist will tell you, restoring a photo with damaged eyes is one of the most difficult things to do.. Sometimes the damage is so bad, you have to copy from the good eye. Problem? Our eyes are never the same size or proportion, making copying difficult. If your not careful, you can easily make the person look like they have down syndrome; make the person look like they have a cut out from a newspaper and pasted on face. I’m satisfied with my result here. I try to strive to make the eyes look natural instead of perfect. If I did not show you the before photo, I don’t think the average person would notice the imperfections. Disclaimer: The photographer for the photo below is unknown, so I can’t determine its copyright or origin. However, I am using the photo in compliance with fair use; to educate others as to what can be done with old photos; and to also demonstrate my photographic editing capabilities.





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