I used the PhotoToaster app to add a sepia tone to selected areas of this image.

Some folks say that toning a B&W photo gives it a vintage feel and others think that it is just a gimmick.

What are your thoughts on the subject?


  9 comments for “Toned

  1. Sue
    January 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    I am in agreement with Sally, and would also add that use of sepia very much depends on the subject and composition…


  2. January 6, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    I like both. The clouds stand out more in the Sepia, for better or worse. But the original image, when presented last week, brought this question to my mind. How could he improve on a shot that’s already hot?


    • January 6, 2016 at 12:18 PM

      Thanks, Tom. Sometimes knowing when to stop is more difficult than finding where to begin.

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  3. January 6, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    This image seems to me to work better in monochrome. The sepia seems to break up the continuity of the line + clouds at the top. I focus more on the clouds than the entire effect of the composition. In my opinion the black-and-white shapes blend better with those tones.


    • January 6, 2016 at 8:07 AM

      Good points, Sally. Thanks for sharing them. I also thought about toning the entire image and then putting a pop of color in there. The jury’s still out on that idea.


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