Put Your Photos in the Past

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Once in awhile I’ll take a picture that calls out for something different. In the case of the photo below when I first looked at it on my computer monitor, I thought it could have been taken back in the time of the American Old West in the mid-1800’s. Those photos are in tones of browns, yellows and whites and referred to as sepia which lots of photo software and online editors can create. If you don’t know if your favorite editor has a way to transform your photos into a sepia tone, check out it’s manual or search through it’s help files.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Frontierland Rail Road Station in Color. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/11, 200 ISO, -1.0 EV, 18mm Focal Length

Now, if it wasn’t for the fact that Frontierland never existed in the real American Old West and ignoring the modern sign in the lower left, the transformation into a sepia toned photo makes it look like it was taken back in the 1800’s. This is a great way to take a simple portrait or landscape and bring it into the past. You can see a larger version of either photo just by clicking on them.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Frontierland Rail Road Station in Sepia. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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