The story behind the photo: Dad created a series of sepia tone prints that added that Old West feel to his cowboy images. In the old days of film and prints, photographers would take a black and white print to the darkroom and use special chemical baths to create the warm, brownish tones of sepia. The chemical process created the unique color. It also made the print less susceptible to breaking down and fading over time.
Today programs like Photoshop make creating a sepia tone photo a snap–and you don’t smell like a chemistry experiment afterward.
Dad did it the old fashioned way on this image. He created a series of Western photos like this one using the sepia tone process in the dark room. The aged and mellow look transports the viewer right back to the Old West.