The Finishing Touch

The world is my canvas and I colour my own reality .” ~ unknown .

This weekend the photo challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site shared with my partner GC, is our monthly colour challenge, and for August we have chosen the colour SEPIA.

Sepia – a shade we add to photographs or perhaps use as a natural standalone shade of brown. For my response, I’ve chosen to go with both.

Windsor station re-sized

This photograph was taken on Windsor railway station, approx mid eighties. My late husband Graham was working in the area, and the girls and I joined him in Windsor for a long weekend (a few years before son Joss was born). It was during a Queen Victoria celebration weekend. The clothes fitted on top of our own and fastened with velcro. We were instructed not to smile because Victorians never smiled for photographs!

Vic's wedding day 3

My eldest brother’s wedding, I’m the little bridesmaid. The photograph was taken in black and white,  I added a very slight Sepia edit.

Knaresborough Timeless 3

The riverside, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire; a place I love and visit often. I think my iPhone photograph is timeless it could have been taken any time during the last century. For this one I chose to use a slightly stronger, Sepia edit.  

Inside Nostalgia tearooms 2

The Nostalgia Tearooms (we like it here) in Otley the little market town where daughter Sophie lives. I added the same strength Sepia edit to this second iPhone photograph.

A Sepia sunset

The sunset from my bedroom window (through the glass). No edit needed here because the sunset itself is showing us shades of Sepia alongside the sunset yellow. And appropriately brings this photographic post to its conclusion.

(C) 2019 Photo Challenge Sepia from Weekly Prompts



19 thoughts on “The Finishing Touch

  1. Murphy's Law

    I just love these photos Sue. My gosh, you’ve hardly changed! Your late husband was a handsome man.
    And you all got the ” Victorian look” down pat!

    I love to sit down with an old album and go through photographs like these. I don’t have to know the people in them or the places they were taken. Everything about really old photographs fascinates me! And to have the ability to make a current photo “look” old is neat!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thank you for the compliments Ginger. The hardest part was trying to get Sophie, the youngest to hold a straight face and not smile, we only just managed it! Thank you Ginger 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lois. The tearoom is gorgeous, full of memorabilia and all for sale, the owner is a lovely guy, friendly and helpful. It’s such a pleasant change from the from the cafe chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee! I’m glad you like the photographs Lois. Thank you. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful photos Sue. The reasons given for not smiling are that a long exposure was needed and it is impossible to keep a smile for any extended period without moving, and thus blurring the image. Probably more important was dental hygiene. Lots of missing, or bad teeth!!!!

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    1. Oh, Sophie, thank you very much. I love that photo too, Dad looks like a typical Victorian father! We had a fair few giggles from you all until we eventually got you not to smile. You were the difficult one, keeping you quiet was hard enough, let alone getting you to keep a straight face! 😀


  3. Wonderful use of sepia, Nan. The photo of the wedding you were in was certainly enhanced by your coloration. It made it so much more “cherished.” Can’t think of the right word.

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    1. I agree with you about the wedding photo, cherished is correct and more so when you consider that I’m the only one still living! Thank you for your kind comments Judy. 🙂


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