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ShadesOfSepia.com

My goal for this blog is to capture history, culture & our community through my camera lens. This blog is in essence my photographic diary, telling stories of New York City with my camera; taking photographs all over; sharing subjects I find to have beauty, or of special quality. Creating an historical archive of the people of New York City. I also like to share my photographic art, mostly derived from my photo taking. I am attracted to many different types of photography, and I hope you enjoy my photographs.
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Still Remembering 9/11

I forgot I took this one shot with my phone. I thought it was so beautiful I left it unprocessed. How incredible!!!

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.5
  • Camera: SM-G965U
  • Taken: 11 September, 2018
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s

World Trade Center

Last night, I had a wonderful time with my friends @ the World Trade Memorial. It’s been a LOOOONG time since I’ve been on actual photo-walks with my Nikon. I missed it. I thought I’d be doing more this year.. But.. Shit happens.. My friends had to great idea to take shots of the WTC lights from both Brooklyn and Manhattan. I didn’t know how crowded it would be, so I didn’t bring my tripod. I was sorry I didn’t. The crowd was actually manageable, had I had my tripod, I would’ve had some phenomenal captures! Despite what amateurs may think, it is extremely difficult to take street shots at night. Whether your on manual or automatic. However, I loved most of what I came home with! Hope you enjoy my captures.

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 11 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 65mm
  • ISO: 5000
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 12 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 11 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 5000
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

  • Aperture: ƒ/14
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 11 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/20s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 11 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 5000
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 12 August, 2018
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

Colorized: Imitation Of Life (1934)

This is a scene from the 1934 movie called “Imitation Of Life.” If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. One of the hardest thing to do when colorizing a b&w photo, if finding natural skin tones. I find Caucasian skin is the hardest believe it or not. This takes more practice then I realized. Changing skin color/texture from a color photo is way easier.

Train Comin’ In!!

This shot was taken with my old phone. I didn’t think the shutter was fast enough to catch this moving train. Although the quality wasn’t really good, I was still impressed with the overall picture, considering the technology at the time. Cellphone quality has improved so much, it’s mind blowing!

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 7 August, 2016
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/13s

Fire Yogi

Wow…. This was hard a…. f….. One thing experience has thought me as I learn more about Photoshop; the first thing you need to do with creating any composite, is to make sure the exposures closely match! It is such a pain to correct exposures, and sometimes when it’s too high there’s nothing you can really do. Either you change your photo, or find another artistic way of using the same photo. Well, I didn’t want to spend anymore time looking for another one so…… I think it came out nice…. Don’t you think?

Good Morning Sepia!

This caught my eye, and I just had to take this shot! We can find great photo opportunities in the most unlikely places.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.5
  • Camera: SM-G965U
  • Taken: 14 July, 2018
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/12048s

Sepia High Rise

One thing we can say about NYC, is that we have some of the most beautiful modern buildings.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: SM-G965U
  • Taken: 16 June, 2018
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/693s

Danny Trejo (Machete)

This was hard as f**k!!! But I made the attempt to do it anyway. If I had access to the RAW file, I know I could have done better 😀 Photo used for the purpose of demonstrating Photoshop skills.

Sri Sepia

I started to convert this beautiful capture I got of this Indian woman in to a drawing, but I decided not to in the end. You know, being a photographer reminds us of just how much culture is within our local reach.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.8
  • Credit: ShadesOfSepia.com
  • Camera: NIKON D5200
  • Taken: 18 April, 2015
  • Focal length: 110mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Title: Brooklyn Botanical Garden

 

Male fish Model LOL

Honestly, I don’t know how or why I got the idea to do this, but it was different and fun anyway. I discovered blinding the tail with his skin to make it look “natural” was difficult. Then again I thought, what is “natural,” if there’s no such thing as a human fish. LOL. Well, when we’re creating art, we can getaway with almost anything.

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