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

Shades Of Sepia

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

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 I still have several hundred photos unpublished, but it’s still nothing like the enjoyment of going out with my camera.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

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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.

accidental-art

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

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?.

jaystreetbrooklyn

  • 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.

sepiastreet

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

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

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.

WhyYou

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

One Foggy Sepia Night

This was another one of those moments I wish I had my DSLR with me. This building was incredible seeing it in person.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 24 February, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm

Sepia Sun: Peak-A-Boo

One of the many benefits of going to school for Web Designing and Programming, is that it forced me to give up Paintshop for a while and practice more with Adobe products. Between the two, there is a lot to know. It’s soo much better being in a classroom, than trying to read through tons of 800 page books. The result is that not only have I gotten more proficient with Photoshop & LightRoom, but I’m also learning more about InDesign and Illustrator too. I’m a little insecure about Illustrator since I can’t draw, but I also know there are many techniques I can practice to help me improve on my natural abilities. I can’t find the words to describe how amazing Adobe products are! Again, not to say that Corel products are bad (still love their products), they are just designed for a specific market and clientele who can’t afford Adobe (like 90% of us), or don’t have the technical aptitude to learn a product with so many features like Photoshop & LightRoom. Now we’re in the era of subscription services; with a hell-of-a-lotta-patience, practice, creativity, and a little technical know how, anybody can be an artist! I highly recommend that Corel users check out Adobe Cloud if finances allow, because it’s really worth it. They also give student discounts.

I love this shot I took while walking home one day. One of the frustrating things about being a street photographer, that many traditional studio photographers don’t appreciate, is exactly how hard it is to intuitively see shots before, or as it’s happening. There’s nothing predictable about street photography really, you can’t always control your environment when you’re shooting outside. It can literally give you a headache, yet, it’s also very rewarding once you do find that perfect shot. If it’s not the weather that is a challenge, it’s the elements all around and behind your subject. But sometimes the beauty of the subject out-ways the ugliness of the backgrounds and earth.

Peak-a-boo Sepia Sun

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 1 February, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/6400s

The Beauty Of An Indian Black Woman

I submitted this photo to one of the photo art shows I participated in last year. However, despite this being one of my favorites, not all of the 4 judges agreed on this one, and ultimately this photo was not chosen to be exhibited. It goes to show you how diverse our opinions are when it comes to art. Continue to improve your craft, but also continue to always follow your creative heart. Not everyone’s vision will be the same as yours.

TheBeautyOfAnIndianBlackWoman

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s