I Love The Smell Of Sepia Tone In The Morning

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Over the past couple of days, both of these services [Flickr and Facebook] have pulled a move straight out of 2010: they launched new versions of their mobile apps with — get this — filters. Filters! These guys have millions of dollars and thousands of employees at their disposal and this is the kind of innovation they’re dicking around with.

Look, I love filters just as much as the next San Franciscan that is currently rocking a beard and drinking a soy latte. Share a photo of a tree in sepia tone and I will totally like the shit out of it. I may even comment — but only if you haven’t overdone the HDR.

via TechCrunch.

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  1. From someone who has breathed his share of H2S, that’s Hydrogen Sulfide for you non-chemists-an active ingredient in Sepia toner that smells like rotten eggs in very low concentrations, and has the same affect as HCN, i.e. cyanide gas in high concentrations-I truly appreciate the smell of cynicism in this post.

  2. It’s a little dismissive and uninformed about Flickr and what it is. While Flickr might not be the most popular snapshots-with-filter sharing site, it is still THE major photographer to photographer sharing site. The amount and quality and variety of work by photographers from around the world is unrivaled as far as I know. There’s a lot of not so great stuff on there, too, but the quality stuff still seems to be flowing (along with lots of discussions, too). I still pause in awe sometime when photos from someone in, say, Ukraine, pop up and leave me speechless. With Instagram, not so much.

    • I totally agree with you, Tim. I see great photography every day on Flickr, from all corners of the world — interesting, strange, beautiful, surprising images.

      (But then I don’t even take photos with my phone, so whatever the mobile/phone/filter/photo sites and apps are doing is of no interest or consequence to me…)

  3. “Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service. It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I never wanted another.” — well as long as we’re quoting Apocalypse Now :) Just wait till Zuckernerd discovers that brand-spanking new technique known as spot collar. Advertising used to and sometimes still loves soft focus with blown highlights and 81b filters — my wife calls this the “tinkle” filter — get it, tinkle.