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Sepia Photos Are Nostalgic

Updated on August 30, 2016
A desert highway in Lucerne Valley, California.
A desert highway in Lucerne Valley, California.

Sepia photos are nostalgic because these remind us of the past. I used to enjoy looking through old picture albums, and the sepia photographs always conjured up an exciting past I am a bit more attracted to than today's overly digital world. However, the convenience of digital photography does allow for the option of transforming regular digital photographs into extraordinary sepia works of art. You can even change the settings on your camera to take pictures exclusively in the sepia mode, which can quite fun. Lately, I am have been enjoying turning my color digital photographs into sepia images, which often brings out certain details that would fade into the background if left in the original form. If you ever want experiment with photos, just use free websites such as Flickr and Picmonkey to edit photos into sepia works of art.

Here is a sepia colored photograph of a palm tree lined street, which evokes images of 1920s Southern California.
Here is a sepia colored photograph of a palm tree lined street, which evokes images of 1920s Southern California. | Source
Here is a sepia photograph I took of a heart cross stitched bookmark I made.  The red heart has a very interesting look in sepia tones.
Here is a sepia photograph I took of a heart cross stitched bookmark I made. The red heart has a very interesting look in sepia tones.
My Halloween pop-up cards looks more spooky in sepia in color, or I think so anyway.
My Halloween pop-up cards looks more spooky in sepia in color, or I think so anyway.
Here is a picture of me from back in 1998, and I especially love how the sepia effects gives this picture an old fashion look.
Here is a picture of me from back in 1998, and I especially love how the sepia effects gives this picture an old fashion look.

When I took pictures of the snow in the San Bernardino Mountains these were beautiful in color of course, but the sepia effect almost reminds me of the old photographs I saw of Lake Arrowhead from the 1920s and 1930's.

This sepia snow picture of the San Bernardino Mountains is one of which I am very fond.
This sepia snow picture of the San Bernardino Mountains is one of which I am very fond.
Here is a picture I took of more palm trees with snow capped mountains in the background.  This sepia photograph looks very much like a Southern California image out of the 1920s or 1930's.
Here is a picture I took of more palm trees with snow capped mountains in the background. This sepia photograph looks very much like a Southern California image out of the 1920s or 1930's.
Here is a picture I took as I was walking during a light rainstorm in early 2010.  The stripes of my umbrella at the top of the photograph look quite striking in sepia.  Unfortunately this umbrella broke as I have a horrible track record with these.
Here is a picture I took as I was walking during a light rainstorm in early 2010. The stripes of my umbrella at the top of the photograph look quite striking in sepia. Unfortunately this umbrella broke as I have a horrible track record with these.

When I start playing around with the photo editing software I cannot help, but turn many of my favorite photos into sepia works of art.  Using photo editing software to transform my photographs can definitely be faster than the process of sketching, or at least for slow drawers like me anyway!

Here is a photograph I took of a sketch I made of Waikiki.  I love how this looks in sepia.
Here is a photograph I took of a sketch I made of Waikiki. I love how this looks in sepia.
Sepia rendition of a wood burning I made of palm trees on a jewelry hanger.
Sepia rendition of a wood burning I made of palm trees on a jewelry hanger.
Wood burning palm trees on my jewelry hanger looks especially interesting in sepia tones.
Wood burning palm trees on my jewelry hanger looks especially interesting in sepia tones.
Here is another picture of the wood burning of palm trees in sepia tones.
Here is another picture of the wood burning of palm trees in sepia tones.

So as I edit my photos, I continued to transform more and more of these into sepia images.  It is really quite fun once you get started, and you could even make some beautiful framed images doing this.

My cross stitched American flag magnet in sepia.
My cross stitched American flag magnet in sepia.

The most amazing images to transform into sepia by far are landscapes, and those are the ones I probably enjoy creating the most.

Here is a sepia image I took of Waikiki back in 2002.  I edited the photo to make it sepia because originally it was a regular color photograph.
Here is a sepia image I took of Waikiki back in 2002. I edited the photo to make it sepia because originally it was a regular color photograph.
Sepia photograph I took of the snow in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Sepia photograph I took of the snow in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A magnificent tree in the San Bernardino Mountains in sepia tones.
A magnificent tree in the San Bernardino Mountains in sepia tones.
A colorful sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains looks quite different when rendered in sepia.
A colorful sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains looks quite different when rendered in sepia.
Another spectacular sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains looks amazing in sepia tones.
Another spectacular sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains looks amazing in sepia tones.
My all time favorite picture that I took of a 1930s style car driving past an orange field in 2008.  The sepia tones makes this picture look very old nostalgic.
My all time favorite picture that I took of a 1930s style car driving past an orange field in 2008. The sepia tones makes this picture look very old nostalgic.

Now that I have discovered the sepia feature in photo editing software I am hooked, and I will continue to enjoy creating sepia inspired landscape photos.  I hope you also enjoy playing around with the sepia effects when you get a chance to try out photo editing software on your own pictures.

Do you ever turn your digital photos into sepia images?

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting Susannah!

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      I love the look of Sepia photos. They are always special looking.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Katrinasui!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      You are absolutely right as Sepia colored photos are classy. I also like Sepia photos. A great hub with beautiful pictures.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Paradise!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Really lovely, Sweetie Pie. You are so right--it's a great effect.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Hello, Hello,

      Yes, I like that the car was slow so I could get that picture!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That is something I learned about from your hub. Thank you.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Resspenser,

      I was lucky to see that old car driving by the orange field right when I did. It makes for a very interesting photograph, and since it did not drive fast there was very little blurring.

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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great pictures! The one of the car is my favorite. I will check out more of your hubs.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi K9keystrokes,

      I think your ideas about manipulating art sounds amazing as well. Have your written any hubs about how you do that with sepia and selected colors.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      You make a very important point. It is perfect, just the way it is.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      K9keystrokes,

      I am glad you enjoyed this hub. I have to just focus on art because when I focus on things in the modern world it is a bit stressful. Art is healing!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      I adore the look of a sepia image. It brings a rich antique-tone to even modern subject matter. It is fun to take your sepia picture ideas one step further; I put images into an image program (the one you love most...PS of course!) and colorize just a few interesting components within the shot, leaving the majority of the image sepia. It makes otherwise benign subject- matter "POP" in the picture.

      I like your shot of the SB mountains the best, the trees are spectacular with the light spray of bright snow on the bows, and a very unique configuration is achieved by the curve of the tall baron tree at left.

      Thanks for another fun hub SweetiePie.

      K9

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Appreciate the all the nice comments!

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      Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

      Though all this picture are ages old, look classic.

      Very useful tips.

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      Lydia McCarter 6 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      I love sepia. It adds such a beautiful touch.

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      The Loan Arranger 6 years ago

      I shall give that a go - I like the look of some of your photos.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks SunSeven!

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      SunSeven 6 years ago from Singapore / India

      I amalso a fan of sepia. Its beautiful and nostalgic. Thumbs up for you! :)

      Best Regards