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Shades Of Sepia

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.

final

  • 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

Sepia Night Lights

I apologize, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I didn’t drop my love for photography, I’m just doing other things. Sometimes it’s a good thing to make fans wait a little, and make them look forward to your next post 🙂 Not only is 42nd street the heart of theater, the bright lights offer some of the most beautiful photo opportunities. You do have to be a certain type of person to go there at night though; it gets so crowded it reminds me of Chinatown (but after business hours). In some cases it’s actually worse; because as crowded as it get’s, people actually walk through with their baby carriages! Oh my goodness, people are off their rocker! But I will digress. I just have to shake my head sometimes. Anyway, I did not get as many good shots as I hoped (but it was spur of the moment). I discovered that for myself personally, I think cell phone photography is best during the day (or in places were there is low light at night). Now, of course this is not always the case, it depends on what your trying to accomplish as an individual photographer/artist; but we don’t have the same quick control of all camera functions with our cell phones the way we do our DSLRs. I love photography, not only is it one of the most beautiful kinds of art,  it offers a one time historical documentation of our story and the environment we’re in. Hope both my visitors and fans have been enjoying my work so far. Peace.

SepiaLight

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.9
  • Camera: SM-G920T
  • Taken: 11 December, 2015
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s

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