I will admit to you that even though I am a horrible at spelling, I do know that sepia is not spelled “seapia”; so I am stretching this week’s photo challenge of sea a bit. But wait, there is more! I took this picture at the Bay of Fundy, which is also taking some liberties with the challenge.
I shot this photo in color and I have, in the past, edited it into a black and white version. I wasn’t crazy about the outcome. This week in my Photoshop class we edited some black and white photos into sepia, and that is where I got the idea to revisit this photo. There are many different ways, I am sure, to create a sepia image using Photoshop. For this workflow, you start with a black and white image. I had my black and white image in Aperture and so I imported it into Photoshop. Then I used Levels (cmd L). In the dialogue box under “Channels” you can change the Red, Green, or Blue values in an image. Under the Red, I moved the middle slider to the left. Then in the Blue I moved the middle slider to the right. The result is the sepia tone you see above. Then I sharpened the image and cropped it a bit.
Here is the original:
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia is a beautiful place. We spent several days in the area but this photo was taken on a whale watching trip. I had a really good time taking photos. Having said that, I also put my camera down for awhile, just to enjoy the larger experience. I think sometimes when I am taking photos, I get so involved in taking photos, that I forget to enjoy what is going on around me in other ways. Did you know that humpback whales smell of rotting fish? makes sense when you think about it, but it is hard to photograph.
Have you ever taken so many photos that you forgot to enjoy the experience? What do you think of my sepia version? I’ll be honest, even though I like the tone of the sepia image, it is the color version that really speaks to me. It reminds me more of the actual trip. What do you think? Do you have a preference?