- August 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm #2803Jack MacDEstablished MemberUSA, St. Louis, MO and Phoenix, AZJoin Date: Jun 2011Posts: 363Currently using:
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Some of my highest paychecks on images have been when they are done in sepia.
Just wondering others reaction to using sepia?
I has worked well for me, because when I sell “corporate art” I find that full color so often fights with color schemes in a lobby or conference room, and B&W is too stark and cold. This is especially true when showing architecture or industrial photography.
This particular image was tried as a triptych, but works better as a Pano. To see the other crop options, as well as color and B&W please go to:
All the web site images were various crops from just one large shot. That large shot was made from five 120mm shots that were shot horizontally and stacked and merged into a vertical. Then I used CS6 to adjust verticals, since I do not have s shift lens yet. A shift 35mm S would be very handy. Yes, I also wish the S had more resolution, as I enlarge these to huge proportions.
- August 14, 2012 at 7:59 am #2805rofriFrequent MemberJoin Date: Oct 2011Posts: 7Offline
Very interesting and well done. Thanks for describing the procedure you used.
- August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm #2812Al TanabeNew MemberJoin Date: Aug 2014Posts: 151Offline
Nice images of Miller Park, the color shot was very nice as well! Interesting observation about sepia toned prints being more acceptable for corporate art. I guess design elements like the trusses work better as a graphic vs the full color beauty shot? It would be interesting to work with an interior designer to place those images around an office from a size and presentation perspective. I could see a mix of large graphic images like the trusses in sepia or B&W with color shots of the scenes around the park in the mix.
- August 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm #2813David KFrequent MemberJoin Date: Jun 2011Posts: 199Offline
I think this crop works very well as does the sepia toning. Also agree that the triptych does not work well with this image as the vertical breaks in the panels interrupt the flow of the horizontal lines. Did you have a predetermined size in mind when you took the shot?
It would be interesting to see what the print looks like when it's been hung on location.
- August 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm #2814Jack MacDEstablished MemberUSA, St. Louis, MO and Phoenix, AZJoin Date: Jun 2011Posts: 363Currently using:
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Yes, I had a predetermined size in mind when I took the Miller Park shot, which was the full merged image shown on the web link. But then I started to try and make the image more abstract through elimination. I have a client in mind that might want the full shot, but the abstraction is for me. If they purchase the shot, I will show you the installation.
If you want to see how sepia looks installed in a corporate environment, I am attaching another shot* from many years ago, which was the first time I sold sepia for a corporate installation, in this case WE Energy, and the first time I used multiple panels, but before i got into triptychs. You can see the advantage of sepia, as using a color photo with a blue sky would have overpowered the conference room, and B&W would have been too dramatic. The shot in the distance is from the series too. While this is not an S2 shot, you can see from the enlarged size, why I moved to using an S2. The image is of the Milwaukee Art Museum, which has been shot many times, but this is a strobe study of the moving wings of the building. Subsequently GE Medical bought it too. I guess I could do the same theme with the Miller Park roof closing, but not as a strobe. That would work as a triptych.
*side note: The MAM wings photo demonstrate that when one shoots architecture, unlike landscapes, a huge enlargement can be done from low resolution. Please forgive the non S2 shot but they didn't exist then, This 5'x7′ composite image was shot with a then cutting edge 3mpix camera. In digital, lines can just be enlarged forever. Enlarge a landscape too much and the leaves should be showing veins and they won't, if you follow my analogy. I plan to reshoot this image with the S2 this fall and will try to post that when finished.
- August 20, 2012 at 1:48 am #2819David KFrequent MemberJoin Date: Jun 2011Posts: 199Offline
Glad you posted that second shot Jack…I think it's very well done and remarkably good considering the gear that was available to you at the time. When you compare that image to the one taken with the S2 the improvement in the tonal range is dramatic…at least to my eyes. And I like your newer sepia toning even better than the earlier version. Really nice shots…good to see someone using the S2 to it's full advantage.
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