Sepia Tone For the Old West

As I have talked about before with sepia tone photography, the subject matter needs to fit the historic tone of this type of photograph. This week I am featuring four prints from the “Wild West”.

Tombstone Stagecoach

The setting is Tombstone, Arizona. The old stagecoach is now a tourist attraction for rides through historic Tombstone.

Old Mining Tracks

The setting here is Tortilla Flats, located east of the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area up in the Superstitious Mountains. Once a stage coach stop, Tortilla Flats is more of a tourist attraction with a great restaurant, small museum and gift shop all looking like an old west town including old wagons, wagon wheels and a replica of an entrance to a mine.

Old West Wagon

I used a sepia tone finish on these last two photographs, but then I pulled the original colors out through the brown hue. I then added a slight hint of texture to complete the old west look and feel to the photographs. The setting for these two old west wagons is Cave Creek, Arizona. Tourist shops are set up as an old west town. Throughout the town are actual old wagons, wheels, carriages and other western vintage items from the 1800’s.

Red Wagon Wheel


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34 thoughts on “Sepia Tone For the Old West

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      That brings a smile to my face Darlene!! We have only been there once with our oldest daughter and her husband…..wish we had done the stagecoach, it looks so cool traversing the streets!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diane. Not really surprised to hear that about the wagons….my wife and I grew up in Iowa…not on any of the million farms in that part of the world…but we both had relatives who were farmers. We were just talking about the fact that on her grandma’s farm, they didn’t have indoor plumbing and an outhouse was the bathroom. I remember seeing these type of wagons on my cousins farm. Having said all of that, I had all but forgotten that until my post and it brought up this memory lane for us with the farms. Thanks for stopping by!!

      1. Diane Henders

        My pleasure, Kirt! We didn’t get running water or indoor plumbing on the farm until I was about 6. I have vivid memories of the outhouse, and also of the ‘bucket in the basement’ that we used in the dead of winter. Let’s just say that I have a great deal of appreciation for indoor plumbing!

  1. Tiffany Mendonca

    I have always liked the sepia look, but you’re so right about it needing to the right type of picture for that tone and you’ve definitely done that well! It really brings the picture back to an older time frame. And you know I’m very partial to the last two as we bought them and they’re hanging in our house!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback Tiff!! I was thinking of you guys when I posted the last two!! The sepia we have in our guest room works well even with the over all look being more modern, but the color tones work and subject matter adds interest! Thanks for stopping by!!


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