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

Shades Of Sepia

Opened Sepia

It has been a little bit since I’ve done one of my power-walks during lunch. It was such a beautiful day today. I saw some of the most beautiful flowers and plants  I’ve ever seen today. I could not believe it. There was no way I would leave without taking at least a few shots of these extraordinary greenery. If you’re an inspiring photographer, it pays to take walks, you start to notice things you’d never notice otherwise.

OpenSepia

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 2 September, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/528s

Ozzmosis in NYC

I totally forgot to post this. Last week, I decided to take a nice walk in the hot sun, and discovered a band playing near World Trade. It was a rock band called Ozzmosis. Definitely not my kind of music, but there appeared to be a lot of fans that stayed and watched. Although they were not my cup of tea, it was awesome being able to see a band actually play there. They definitely enjoyed playing, and they enjoyed the audience.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/576s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/424s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 31 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 40
  • Shutter speed: 1/501s

Creating Art With Photography

As I’ve said before, to the average Joe, photography is just a matter of pressing down a button. However, photography is so much more than what people realize. I think the true meaning of photography and art, has gotten lost in the fast-paced world of technology. In other words, more emphasis is on the gear, and not the skill of the photographer. Contrary to what  many people believe, photography is a LOT of work. Perhaps it can also be mentally exhausting if you don’t enjoy what you are doing. Any 4 year old baby can press down a shutter button; but a photographer can intuitively see a potential shot as it comes, and quickly change settings as needed. Each person has their own unique photographic eye; and while it is great to have mentors, it is important to follow your own photographic instincts. Software can enhance your shots, but it absolutely cannot help you find them; neither can it help you gain creativity. Creativity doesn’t come from $$$$ software, or a $4,000 camera, with a $10,000 lens. Creativity comes from the heart, and the love of capturing images that show a piece of history. Having fun is also a very essential ingredient in photography. If you are unable to have fun, you might as well just hang-up photography now.

DramaticSepiaBuilding

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: SGH-M919
  • Taken: 24 April, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.2mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/3296s

Sepia: Vintage Reproduction: Objects & Thāngs

Van Cortlandt House Museum

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 3 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
  • Title: Van Cortlandt House Museum

 

 

 

Bronx Walk

  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Credit: Yogi
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 July, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
  • Title: Bronx Walk

Sepia: Objects & Thāngs

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 26 July, 2014
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Bronx Walk

  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Credit: Yogi
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 July, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 58mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Title: Bronx Walk

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 116mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 280mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 22mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 14 June, 2014
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/4s
I want to use this particular photo as an example, to illustrate why people like me  prefer to only work with RAW files. Please compare with this photo. I took about 4 of these, but this first one did not have a good exposure, it came out very dark and barely visible. I always shoot both RAW+JPEG, cause it's nice having those backups just in case. Long story short, You will quickly noticed how I was able to adjust the brightness coming from the window, the glass is now visible. I also give it a Sepia tint, and made several other adjustments. I would have never been able to make it look this natural, or make the colors blend the way they do, if I started from a jpeg file, especially a small jpeg file.

I want to use this particular photo as an example, to illustrate why people like me prefer to only work with RAW files. Please compare with this photo. I took about 4 of these, but the first one did not have a good exposure, it came out very dark and barely visible. I always shoot both RAW+JPEG, cause it’s nice having those backups just in case. Long story short, You will quickly noticed how I was able to adjust the brightness coming from the window, the glass design is now more defined, and visible. Notice the flooring is more visible as well. I also give it a Sepia tint, and made several other adjustments. Normally, I would have never been able to make the kind of adjustments I did, and still keep the photo looking this natural; or make the colors blend the way they do, if I started from a jpeg file, especially a small jpeg file. I’m not going to lie, this sh** can be a lot of work depending on what your doing, but its totally worth it. So, the next time someone says, your less than smart for working with RAW, just simply walk away. ‘Cause that should give you an immediate clue, they have no idea what their talking about. Remember, investigate for yourself (hands-on), and always speak from the “I”. Oh, BTW: I used mostly light room and Paintshop.

  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 29 December, 2013
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

Sepia: A Little Warmth

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  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 280mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

DSC_0146

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

Sepia: Sports

Bronx Walk

The guy in the middle looks so much like Pharrell Williams. I can’t believe it.

  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Credit: Yogi
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 July, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
  • Title: Bronx Walk

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s

Sepia: Pieces Of History

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  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

DSC_0130

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 130mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Sepia Vintage Reproduction: People

Van Cortlandt House Museum

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 3 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
  • Title: Van Cortlandt House Museum

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 26 July, 2014
  • Focal length: 185mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Sepia: People

Native American Arts Council

  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 September, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +3.3EV
  • Focal length: 170mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s
  • Title: Native American Arts Council

Bronx Walk

  • Aperture: ƒ/14
  • Credit: Yogi
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 20 July, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • Title: Bronx Walk
I wish I was able to capture both of them. I knew If I didn't snap I would miss an opportunity. These guys appeared to be the best of friends, because their walking rhythm was so on point; it was almost identical, like synchronized swimming.. LOL

I wish I was able to capture both of them. But I knew If I didn’t snap I would miss a photo opportunity. These guys appeared to be the best of friends, because their walking rhythm was so on point; it was almost identical, like synchronized swimming.. LOL

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s

DSC_0046

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s

DSC_0141

  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 22 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 8 June, 2014
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s