Cuttlefish Ink

Perhaps this blog may have been more appropriately named Cuttlefish Ink, as that would be an indirect reference to photography. Sepia toning photos originally involved cuttlefish ink in the print process, after all. Sepia, in case you're wondering, if the genus name for such cuttlefish. Now you know, it'll come up in Jeopardy someday. I just read on Wiki that sepia ink has better permanence than other inks, so surviving old photos tend to be ones printed with sepia.

Thus, by making this pic sepia tone using digital cuttlefish ink (and adding a vignette), the pic takes on a timeless quality, though we can guess the decade by examining the clothes and hairdos. The other effect of sepia is to soften and even out skin. Everyone has a great complexion with sepia tone. And why sepia tone ever B&W? B&W feels more detached, more photojournalistic because of course, we are most used to seeing B&W pics in newspapers. The warmth of sepia makes a photo more personal. But sepia is not for all photos. Certain photos strike me as good sepia candidates. This is one.