I am now on day 3 of my quest for the perfect shade of brown. Yes, the life of an artist is a glamorous one. 🙂 The color in question is an important part of this new photograph of an acorn cap. The brown I want is the background color at the top of the image, right between the two caps. It is the grounding element for the whole image, and needs to be just right.
Seems like a simple process — pick the color you want and print it. But no, nothing in photography or digital printing is simple! Color is not a precise thing; it is a wild and unpredictable beast. It shifts and changes depending on a hundred and one conditions: the context of the color, the paper its printed on, the method of printing it, the light you view it in. Every one of these can take your perfect shade of brown, and make it subtly but noticably wrong: too green, or too red, or too intense, or too subdued. Sigh. The only way to get the perfect shade is to experiment again and again and again. My garbage can is full of rejected test prints, my inks are starting to run low. But I am close…. I can feel it.
Update (5:21pm): Success! Houston, we have achieved perfect brown.