I wanted to revisit CiM Valentine - as I had this nagging sense that I just hadn't done it justice.
After all - I really like it - and I was wondering why the photos seemed so dark and dreary.
So I remade the beads - and here you see, from the left, two self coloured beads, one encased in clear, and one with white dots with Valentine on top.
Boy - those are not what you would call red.
I tried them under various lights around my studio - and finally - I took them outside to shoot - which I almost never do.
et Voila! Despite superiour lighting technology - this colour pops in overcast and bright sunlight - revealing it's true redness.
So there you go - shoot your Valentine in the sun.
Make what you will of the symbolism in that! ;-)