MY only quibble with the picture has to do with the border. The white line is out of sync with the lovely golds. Perhaps a greenish yellow or pale pumpkin would suit it better?
On a lighter note... I'd love to have this in puzzle form (atleast 1,000 pieces!) What fun!!
I took off the border entirely and just added a small sig. Hope that it looks better now...I just decided to go with no border for now. Some of the prints are edged in black as a bleed edge/matting, but some of them have no border, so people can choose whichever they like.
haha! great idea! ok, i'll have a look at what i can do w/ the border. i agree, the white is annoying. but i tried plain black and wasn't happy with that either. sometimes i'm just in too much of a rush to post
I know just what you mean. Last night I posted a pic after trying it with several borders, then went back to photoshop to desaturate it & finally reposted!
BTW, your photos of Maiko lured me into spending the entire afternoon researching them & kimonos! THX
for a start I would go to color balance and take out a bit of yellow and add a bit of green then have a good look at the detail on the grass and the leaves in front(how to get some more contrast here for definition-select the red of the leaves with magic wand[doesn't have to all and adjust sat/levels/gamma].Dodge the bench some,burn the shadow in the tree leaves and dodge their highlights.Burn the reflection of red and yellow and all shadow reflection.when dodging and burning keep the exposure about 10% with a soft brush and don't just work in the midtone range.Go on!!Get in there and have fun!
The thing about photoshop Kate is getting started.Not intimidating but once you start using the tools it flows and you go back and forth and adjust and tweek and WOW you have the image you really wanted all along.Be subtle.It also teaches your mind to look at the shot in deeper way,to see more initially.
the warm light is great! very nice.
if you don't mind a little constructive criticism...the composition is a bit cluttered, and i think it might be b/c of the reflection of the plants in the water competing with the lily pads. i have this same problem with autumn shots - i see the beautiful scene and want to get all of it. still a nice shot though.
thanks, i appreciate that very much. even though i've put 'advanced critique' on every deviation, this is the first piece of useful advice i've had in a REALLY long time, and i really do appreciate it.