Shades Of Sepia

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

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.

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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…

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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:

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

 

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