The Six. Has taken. For-bloody-ever. Seriously.
The six is a card of public triumph, generally showing someone on horseback with a laurel wreath and a cheering crowd. I nixed horseback, much to Stephanie’s dismay, and we tried for a cheering throng, but no one showed (note to self- invite people personally instead of with a mass email; it’s harder for them to wriggle out of it). So, my dear husband @kage23 became our stand-in for the Everyman, bless his affable heart.
The other serious glitch is that I had been using an online photo editor, Picnik, to do my editing. (Yeah, yeah, all you Photoshop purists can shove it- my computer doesn’t have enough brainpower to handle PS.) However, Picnik got absorbed into Google+ and lost a lot of its features, and so I had to hunt for, and then learn, a new program.
I think, unfortunately, the photos show that I was fumbling a bit. It took a lot of time to figure out how to use the different effects the way I wanted, and the backgrounds of the Berkeley Rose Garden, while lovely, involve a lot of little fiddly editing out of signs and watering spigots etc. I think they do get better as they go along, but it was a bit of a learning curve, and continues to be so.
I expect I’ll at some point try to do some new edits of this card. I don’t think it’s bad, but I remain unsatisfied. We’ll see. Hopefully the sevens won’t be such a struggle, because heaven knows there are a lot of them.
I do like these last two, though.
All images available on Flickr, as per usual.