Sepia Photography Thoughts

Insights into Sepia Toned Photographs by local photographer Cate Brown.

I am a traditionally trained photographer, having spent my first years with film cameras and hidden away in darkrooms developing prints.  I truly adore and admire the analog processes that may be slipping away from us.  I still shoot with a simple Holga and occasionally with my 4x5 field camera in black and white sheet film.  Every now and again color becomes too distracting but a black and white counterpart comes up lacking.  

I have never done sepia printing, but I was curious to use sepia tones on some of my digital images of more classic vessels.  Below you'll find some of my first explorations into sepia.  The horizontal oriented image is one of my favorites, "King Haakon," which I have developed and printed in black and white.

The intentions for using sepia where to inject these images with a sense of antiquity, grace, and perhaps a little more character than a black and white would allow.  I was selective about the images I used, selecting classic boats with wooden hulls or canvas sails, looking for some contrast I could boost and enhance slightly.  I have to say I'm very pleased with these few results!  

You can see more sepia images on my website under the Limited Editions.  I even made separate Black & White and Sepia galleries to make browsing easier!  All are available as fine art prints and I plan on exploring sepia toning further, so check back in the gallery for new sepia editions!

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seed and soil December 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Cate, these are fabulous! "Antiquity and Grace"....perfect description....they bring a more soulful feel....somehow there's a hint of a wonderful, long lost memory in these images.
Cate Brown December 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Seed and Soil, thanks so much! I definitely like the aesthetic and how these few turned out. I hope I can find more images to suit the sepia treatment so well!


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