Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sepia Scenes #19

Hi everybody it's Sepia Scenes again!


This photo is of a mask, a special Venetian mask made in the style of those worn by Italian jesters.

The use of masks during the life of the Venetian Republic remains one of mankind's notably eccentric practices. Indeed, masks have been worn in cultures throughout the world for thousands of years, but perhaps never with such fervent pageantry as in Venice.

Masks served an important social purpose of keeping every citizen on an equal playing field. Masked, a servant could be mistaken for a nobleman - or vice versa. State inquisitors and spies could question citizens without fear of their true identity being discovered (and citizens could answer without fear of retribution). The morale of the people was maintained through the use of masks - for with no faces, everyone had voices.
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I thought you would like to see what the original mask looks like:

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our next Sepia Scenes photos will be posted on Wednesday, February 25 at 4:00 PM EST

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sepia Scenes #18

My Sepia Scenes photos today are of a row of Tudor houses in Queens, NY.



Working in Adobe Photo Shop, first I DESATURATED the photos and then I created another LAYER so I could APPLY A SEPIA STYLE. I then used CURVES to adjust light and dark and bring some pastel color into the photos.

The Photoshop Curve tool has a serious role in photo fixing but it has a fun side to it's nature too.

The Photoshop curves tool is probably one of the most powerful and best ways to correct an image in Photoshop. It is also a tool that can look complex a first glance. However it isn't difficult to understand and use and I'll show you how to put it to work. The curves tool also has a fun side to its nature and it can be used to create interesting art effects for your images. Find it by choosing Image, Adjustments, Curves or you can apply it using an adjustment layer.

Here is some help using CURVES from GIMP:

In many cases, the Levels control is enough to give your image the brightness and color that you want. If you need finer control, you can use the Curves tool.

The Adjust Color Curves box on the right is what I manipulate to bring some color into the SEPIA photo. The sharper your "S" curve the closer you get to POSTERIZATION. If you use just a touch you get some pastel colors like my photos above.

Don't be afraid to experiment. It's fun! Thanks very much for participating. I really appreciate it!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

New badge for Sepia Scenes

Here's a new badge for SEPIA SCENES:

Feel free to use it in your posts. Right-click on the image and Save it to your Desktop.

It's a photo of Everglades National Park.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sepia Scenes #18

Join in the next SEPIA SCENES starting at 4:00 PM EST Wednesday, February 18th.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sepia Scenes #17

Today's Sepia Scenes comes courtesy of the workout room at the condo complex I visited in Hollywood, Florida. It was a pretty modern facility with tredmills and free weights and recumbent bikes and these 2 items that bring back what working out was like in the far away past.

I asked if anyone ever used them anymore but a woman working out on a tredmill said, "Oh no, those are our antiques!" Antiques indeed! How old is that condo complex anyway? I thought these antiques would look good in sepia.

To change these photos to SEPIA I DESATURATED them, created a DUPLICATE LAYER, applied the SEPIA STYLE, darkened the photos by using the LEVELS slider, and then clicked LUMINOSITY.

Let me wish you all a very

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sepia Scenes #16


Welcome to SEPIA SCENES!

As you see I have invented a new header and a new badge for our meme for February and Valentine's Day. Of course you're welcome to the badge.

My sepia photograph was taken in the Everglades when I was in Florida recently. I think this is a Wood Stork.


Ramblingwoods is correct this bird is a great blue heron. Thank you RW! :)

I took my color photo and chose the Blue Channel in Adobe Photoshop. I then desaturated the photo, I added a new layer and then experimented with Curves. The photo above is the result. I kinda like it...

I hope you have a sepia photo to show everybody today! Looking forward!

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