|Merman Beaded Tapestry on Etsy|
Part of the reason it's been so difficult is because I had the brilliant idea to use black thread to weave it. I didn't think it would make a huge difference--or I thought it would enhance the colors by making them...more intense or something--but instead all it did was make the whole piece really disappointingly dark. Cameras apparently hate the dark color, even when I photographed it in full sunlight. If the darkness wasn't a problem, then the color-change near the end of the tail (which it changed from red-and-purple to hot-pink-and-purple) would be interpreted as a place where the image was over exposed, and would be treated accordingly.
Or maybe that's just because all digital cameras hate red; I don't know.