Shades Of Sepia

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

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: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • 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

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.

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  • 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.”

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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.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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The Dawn Of A New Sepia!

I absolutely love shots taken over a sun rise. It can make almost any city look breathtaking. I couldn’t resist this shot. How interesting I took this beautiful shot on the morning of Halloween; the day the world knows traditionally as the day of hideousness & horror. Oh, oh, sounds like I’m getting metaphoric again. Just couldn’t help being ironic; maybe this means despite the incredible evil that’s been on my back, it hasn’t taken away all of my ability to see incredible beauty (or create it) in the little things humans take for granted. Hope my small followers have enjoyed my unique photographic works so far, because I certainly enjoy doing them.

thedawnofanewsepia

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/11s

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Between Jay Street & Sepia

I think so far, this has been my favorite shot for this month. I didn’t realize the heart until later. It is as though the heart was following the path of the square light boxes, along Jay Street. Sounds very metaphoric doesn’t it? Following love, of some sort?.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 11 October, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/453s

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The City Of Sepia Never Sleeps

I wanted to talk about the beauty of accidents. I was in school a couple of days ago, and I was complaining because I injured my shoulder. So before leaving the school, I stopped by the rest room. I bent down slightly to message my painful shoulder, and as I lifted my upper body back in position, I saw through the bathroom window a spectacular view of World Trade! It was so beautiful, had I not complain of shoulder pain, I honestly don’t think I would have noticed it. I played around and positioned my phone to take the shot through the window. How cool is that!!

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 21 September, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/7s

On Sepia Street

When I took this shot, I wasn’t aware until I got home just how off-angled the photo was. From were I was standing it was a very difficult shot at the time. Sometimes you have those situations, you either press the shutter or you don’t 😀 . But, what the hell? No big deal. I still love the photo and wanted to share it. I think it’s still beautiful despite the imperfections.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 10 June, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

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: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • 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

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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

SepiaSunset

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

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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.

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

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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.

SepiaBronx

  • 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
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