Shades Of Sepia

History, culture, community, and art shared thru photography.

Sepia Water Flower

I’ve always loved period water painting (still do). With the exception of some old school traditional artists, it appears that oil painting has been abandoned by most artists, especially those who have converted to digital art. I’m not sure why that is? Maybe it’s because unlike today, we didn’t have “trends” that we had to follow. No one relied on rankings back in the day; artist created art purely for the love of the art itself. Today, you can pretty much replicate any kind of art digitally; however, strangely enough, I get that unsaid impression that traditional oil paintings are not allowed within digital art, or something like that. Maybe it’s the fast paced learning we now have to have; there is not time to reflect on the old techniques of the past (which by the way still inspires new creation). It’s a shame that some styles of art gets lost (never to be found again) as a result of new attitudes concerning how art is diversely viewed by many “artists” now.

Van Cortlandt House Museum

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit:
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Caption: Van Cortlandt House Museum
  • Taken: 9 March, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Title: Van Cortlandt House Museum


Sepia Sunset

You know, a lot of people make a big deal concerning the Manhattanhenge. But the truth of the matter is, if you take your time;  patience; keep your mind open; and perhaps a little timing; you can find many amazing sunset photo opportunities at anytime of the year. Not only that, you don’t have to deal with heavy crowds, and other photographers on top of each other trying to get the same photograph. LOL


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 14 July, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/610s




A Straight Sepia Path

I couldn’t resist, this building is absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely love buildings with dated art and architecture (1800 and older). It’s almost Shakespearean in away. Most of America don’t appreciate this kind of art, and they are slowly and surely slipping away. If it were not for the museums and preservationist, untold art and culture would have been lost. There is incredible beauty within the unseen.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 17 June, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/20s



Quiet & Open Space

I love this small area of the Bronx, no matter what time of the day I walk through here, it’s always quiet and peaceful. I also love buildings like these, because they’re great for sepia processing. I don’t know, it’s something about some buildings like these that can enhance the “vintage(ness)” of old style process. JMHO.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 4 June, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/1500s

Walking In Thought……

As gloomy and wet the weather was today, there were beautiful photo opportunities tonight. If you’re a true photographer, you can perceive art in anything and almost anywhere. Not sure why I was intuitively called to take this particular shot, but the photographer in me said, oh hell take it. I didn’t think of it much, but I’m sure glad I listened to my instincts. It wasn’t until I got home and processed it that I realized what a wonderful photograph this is.

Sepia Man Walking

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 6 May, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s

Central Park, April 30, 2016

Today, I’ve visited Central Park with some friends. This was the first day since last year I’ve been on a photo walk. Always lots of things happening there; always some form of entertainment; always something different going on. Then again, I often forget just how huge Central Park is. I always have to go with someone ’cause I could never make “heads or tails” of where I’m at. LOLOL. Well, the bottom line is, I had fun, and I released stress by doing what I enjoyed. Thankfully, the weather was MUCH better than I expected. Hope you enjoy these sots…






Hunter Ad Project

I thought it would be fun to share this with you. For my last Illustrator class, my teacher wanted us to create Hunter ads using public domain photos, and the design was pretty much left up to the students. I decided to carefully select and use my own photographs; which I felt were perfect for the ads. Ads can really humble you, because they remind you how color combination is EXTREMELY important, not just from a design perspective, but just making sure that everything is legible. Permission was granted to post with Hunter logo. This was actually a lot of fun Here is what I cam up with:

Hunter Block Ads3

Hunter Block Ads2





What Are You Doing?

Another one of my favorite photographs. Looking at this always makes me laugh, because she was looking at me like “What are you doing?” Yet, it appeared as though she was in mid preparation to be photographed 😀 Photographs like these are precious.


  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 26 July, 2014
  • Focal length: 125mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s

Mr. Green T. Leaf | Work Still In Progress…….

Found some more images to practice with Photoshop. You know, as I’ve said before, there are plenty of sites that offer free stock photos, and photos under Creative Commons (CC) license, that allow you to use and modify royalty free. Just please make sure you read the license for each and every photo first before you use it. Not everyone gives you the license to modify! Unfortunately, I can’t give credit to the photographer, because he/she did not leave that information in their meta tags. Do you see why it’s so important to document that information? This is why I feel every photographer should put their signatures on their photos (who cares who what others personal opinions are on how it looks, it’s your work, your blood and sweat (at least take the time to put them in the meta tags, you’ll never know who will want to use your work for commercial use)). Anyway, it’s been a real learning curb with Adobe, but I’m learning more and more. I still have more work to do on this photo, but I felt it was good enough to show you.


Dolores Hicks – Colorization & Restoration

Hi guys, as I’ve said before, I love restoring old public domain photos. It’s almost like putting puzzles back together; or coloring in a coloring book; with the exception that on a computer there’s a lot more detail. I haven’t done any photo restorations since I stopped using Corel’s Paintshop Pro about 9 months ago. Again, just as a reminder to everyone, the fact that I no longer use Paintshop, doesn’t mean that it’s a clue to mean that Corel makes bad products. Too many people are too hooked on the differences between them. Just think of Paintshop as a smaller, and affordable family size dishwasher, and Photoshop is a heavy duty industrial size dish washer for professional business.

I’ve finally made my first attempt to colorize a B&W photo with Photoshop. I found an old public domain photo of Dolores Hicks, who was an actress, and appeared in a number of Elvis Presley’s movies in the 40’s/50’s. I have to say that it is most definitely more work to do things in Photoshop. I was hoping that because I have Photoshop, that painting natural skin colors would be easier (than Corel PSP). NOT!! It was very frustrating, finding the right colors, hues, and saturation levels for each element (especially when working with photos stripped of all color). So, be forewarned very few things are simple in Photoshop (depending on what you’re doing). However, once you’ve put in the practice and hard work, your finished project will definitely be awesome! Remember to always work with hi-resolution/dpi images, it is  harder to correct low quality photos. To see original photo click here.



The Light Inside

This is just too beautiful and breathtaking not to share with you guys! As I’ve always said before, I encourage all photographer hobbyists/amateurs to just start doing random walks. Don’t look for the shot, but rather let it come to you. It’s amazing what you can do when you know how to use your camera, and some Adobe. 🙂  Who would have ever thought that cellphones would make photography so convenient. Hope you guys like it.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 3 March, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s
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