2012 Photography Challenge- Sepia

by Susan Myers on July 28, 2012

This week our theme is Sepia!  The challenge is to take a photo and alter it using the free software at picmonkey.com to create a warm, old fashioned looking sepia photo.  For this challenge, I chose a photo of a storefront in Greenville, SC.  We had stopped there on our way back home from Pennsylvania a few years ago and were quite enchanted by the historic downtown area.  So, as usual, I took tons of photos.

Because of the charm of the historic fronts of these buildings, turning the photo to sepia makes it look like the photo was taken in the 50′s, doesn’t it?  Well, unless you look at the modern vehicle in the bottom corner…  Anyway, I was thrilled with how the photo turned out.

And here is the original shot.  The process that I used at picmonkey.com was to first go to “exposure” and increase the shadows.  I then used the sepia tool to create the warm tones.  Finally, I added frost around the edges and finished with a photo corner frame.  Cool, right?

So how did you do?

Email your Sepia submissions to me!  Check out the Submission Guidelines.  I will post your photos here along with any information that you would like to include.  If you have a website, feel free to add a link to your site!  I will be taking sepia submissions all week!  Feel free to send your original photo also!

Our theme for next week is “Sunrises and Sunsets”.  See the information at the bottom of the post for details!

This Weeks Submissions:

I sewed this piece of hoop art with vintage scraps and call it White Lace and Promises. I imagined it as a collection of mementos from a couple on a date at the cinema in the ’40s. It lent itself well to the sepia effect. ~Scrollwork, Central Valley, California- www.scrollwork.blogspot.comwww.etsy.com/shop/scrollwork



The Blair Cabin was moved to a lot in downtown Weatherford, Oklahoma. The Master Gardeners plant old fashioned flowers around the cabin. ~Brenda Williams, Weatherford, OK- Cats, Kids and Crafts

That was fun to play with. Cheyenne was a rescue horse,fully recovered.  Her rider is just learning how to canter. Earlier in the lesson, Cheyenne and Alex were making plans.  Not sure if they were good or bad plans, but they got to go swimming at the end of the lesson. ~Debbie Phillips

Most photos are of famous historical places in my city. I have added the originals for reference.~ Luc Wyn, Antwerp Belgium

Next Weeks Theme- Sunsets and Sunrises

I tend to take lots of photos of sunrises and sunsets.  In fact, when we were in Key West this last spring, taking photos of the sunset each evening was a huge event for the whole town. So, needless to say, I have plenty of shots.  So I will be checking out what I currently have, and maybe take a few new ones while I’m at it for next week’s theme.  Would you like a few examples?

So go grab that camera and meet me back here next week!


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1 Scrollwork July 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for accepting my submission, Suzy. Your themes are so enticing but I worry that I might be inundating you with too many! Feel free to say, “Not this time, hon!”

Did you mean we should submit pictures of a sunrise as well as a sunset, or will just one of them be fine? I am too sleepy to take a picture of a sunrise these days. Whine, whine, whine.

Brenda, I’m glad you enjoyed my photo. Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m laying down the welcome mat!

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2 Suzy July 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

Either sunrise or sunset would be fine. It does not need to be both. I don’t see a ton of sunrises either! Ha!
suzy

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3 Brenda Williams July 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

Love your Greenville, SC photo it is beautiful. The Scrollwork hoop photo is really neat and I totally love the craft idea. I am going to check her blog for sure. And the horses…I love horses. All of these certainly turned out neat!

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