I took this picture in my hotel room when I visited Southend-on-Sea earlier this year. The original was in landscape format because I had to balance the camera on top of the television (and it wouldn’t stand on its side) but there was too much clutter in that version so it was quite tightly cropped.
As with a number of shots that I took with this camera the colour balance of this image is a consequence of forgetting to change the white balance from the daylight setting. In this case though, I think it works quite well and emphasises the natural colours of the room.
I think the only thing I’d change, if I were to do it again, would be the subtely (or lack of it) of the post-processing. Quite a lot of changes were made within Photoshop that I think could have been done better. For example, the area within the mirror was altered with a ‘radial blur’ (other than the flower on the table) and I think this could have been done a little less obviously. Also, the ‘shadow’ in the mirror could have been blended a little more unobtrusively. All that said, I do like the image and it does capture some of what I was after.
Fujifilm FinePix 40i|
9.56pm on 9/7/03