Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sepia Scenes #23


Welcome everyone to Sepia Scenes posted earlier on Wednesday than usual. I'm posting earlier and putting up Mr. Linky for our friends living on over Australia and Singapore way who requested that we post earlier.

So here's my niece at the airport before she flew to Ireland a couple of weeks ago.

Isn't she the prettiest thing?

What I did to get some color in my sepia shot was to follow the directions here, at

It was a very easy way to do it.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I will be posting Sepia Scenes tomorrow, Wednesday, at 6:00 AM EST. I will leave the post up through Thursday so you may post anytime after 6:00 AM through Thursday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sepia Scenes #22



This photo was taken in May 1988. We were on vacation at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.

I scanned this picture from a print shot I had in a photo album these last 21 years. The printed shot was a regular color film shot and it wasn't very good. The colors were washed out.

I thought the photo would look much better in a sepia tone so I followed step-by-step the instructions given at the following link:

Sepia Toning

The instructions step through desaturating, adding adjustment layers, and adding color for the sepia effect. They are very good and detailed. I recommend trying these steps if you haven't already and see what sort of sepia toning you get, and if you like it better than the sepia tones you've been getting with one-step methods.

I think the photo looks old though a little blurred (the original was slightly blurred too)

This photo is from the same time as the one above (and is scanned in as well) but its resolution is higher. I don't know what the white spots are in the sky portion of the picture. This one isn't as blurry.

Also this is the particular tone I chose. If you go through this step-by-step process you can choose any tone from deeper to rosier to bronzier (is that a word?)

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Our next Sepia Scenes photos will be posted on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 PM EST

Some bloggers in Australia have asked that I post our Sepia Scenes earlier on Wednesday because by the time I post Thursday Wednesday is almost over there. So I see no reason not to post early on Wednesday and leave the post up through Thursday... Any objections? Tell me in the comments.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sepia Scenes #21

I found these statues in Old Calvary Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. They are quite similar depicting a mother and two children. If you look closely though, they are different in small ways. The drape of the women's dresses, their hair syles, their countenances.



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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our next Sepia Scenes photos will be posted on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00 PM EST

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sepia Scenes #20

WELCOME once again to Sepia Scenes!



Queensboro Bridge/The 59th St. Bridge

On the way to Socrates Sculpture Park on the last day of a contemporary art exhibition we drove directly under the 59th St. Bridge. I made my husband stop the car, pull up a little so I could get the shots that you see here.

Originally christened Blackwell’s Island Bridge, and intended to link Manhattan’s Harlem Line with the Long Island Railroad, the colossal, two-decked Queensboro Bridge is one of the greatest cantilever bridges in the history of American bridge design. A collaboration between the famed bridge engineer Gustav Lindenthal (1850-1935) and architect Henry Hornbostel, the Queensboro’s massive, silver-painted trusses span the East River between 59th Street in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens and offer spectacular views of midtown Manhattan, highlighted by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations.

Often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge, the Queensboro’s completion preceded that of the Manhattan Bridge by nine months. The bridge has been immortalized by numerous artists and musicians, including Simon & Garfunkel in their hit song, "The 59th Street Bridge Song/Feelin’ Groovy."

The Queensboro Bridge is undergoing a major rehabilitation.

Annual average daily traffic is 192,000 vehicles.

"The structure of the bridge itself is an intricate mass of interlacing steelwork, seemingly incapable of architectural beauty because of the strict requirement imposed by the structural conditions in the design of compression and tension members. Yet, as we look upon the bridge from varying points of view, there is a charm, a certain gracefulness in the repetition of symmetrical parts. Wrought entirely of structural steel, at many points small adornments add appreciably to the delicacy of the structure." - Architecture and Builder (1909)


Monday, March 2, 2009

Our next Sepia Scenes photos will be posted on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:00 PM EST