Sepia Toning and Cross Processed Photography

I’ve stumbled into the ancient art of sepia toning and cross processed photography. Sepia toning is a chemical process that makes black and white images look more brown. I like the look a lot. It was a gateway to me discovering cross processed photography. Cross-processing is basically using the wrong chemicals on photos in the darkroom. It usually gives a copper toned look to the highlights. That being said, I do it all with digital images in Lightroom because I don’t use film. So, I essential just do split-toning with the highlights and the shadows.

As you can see in the images below, sepia toning isn’t that far off from black and white to the human brain. However, cross processed images look a little copper toned. You can probably tell those apart without the image and a black and white side-by-side. See the full resolutions of the images on my Flickr.

Fellow Photographer

Sepia toned highlights with blue shadows
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Man On 4th Street With My Canon 50-250mm Lens

I spent one more day forcing myself to carry around my Canon 55-250mm lens on my Rebel SL3. I saw this guy standing by a pole. At first he was looking down, but a few moments later he looked up and I got a good profile. I’m going to switch back to my 50mm lens for a few days because I’m starting to really notice the limitations of a lens that isn’t a prime lens.

Man On 4th Street

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Street Photography At The Belvedere

I’ve been blogging this week about practicing with my Conan 55mm-250mm lens on my Rebel SL3. I don’t often get many good photos on my way to work. However, yesterday on my lunchbreak I walked over to do some street photography at The Belvedere in Downtown Louisville. I got some interesting shots. The Belvedere was a great place to get shots of people before the pandemic. Unfortunately, it’s not very urban-like when I’m wanting to go for that. But, it’s still a pretty place.

Street Photography At The Belvedere

I was originally going for a nice black and white photo with nice contrast, but I think the color version might do the scene more justice.

Belvedere Smoke Break

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2nd and Market with my 55-250mm Lens

I swapped out my 50mm lens with my 55-250mm lens for my walks to work and home. I’m still not very good with this lens yet, but I’ve got to work with it to get there. I suppose I can always come back out with my 50mm lens after I get home if I want. I did manage to get a few decent shots of this guy coming down 2nd street.

2nd and Market

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