Well, you certainly have a lot going on in this image. The thing it is missing though is 'depth'. Start with the element in the forefront (the rose) and make the necessary adjustments (ie: contrast, brightness, saturation, shadows, colour levels, ect.) until you work your way all the way to the back with the rifles. For your shadows, I would use the fire as your light source so you could cast them straight down if you wish. If this is the case, the underside of the rose head and the stem would be slightly darker than the top. The lower part of the jaw of the skull could be slightly darker and some slight shadowing could be applied to the downward side to any raised facial features. The top of the skull should reflect some colour of the light source. The central part of the fire is fine but slightly fade out the edges in places so that it doesn't have a solid appearance. The contrast of the rifles could be reduced and the colour levels slightly reduced so that they are not as prominant. Keep them lighter towards the light source but darker as you move away. Reflecting the colour of the fire along the top edges of the rifles would certainly garner extra points. I know this sounds like a lot, but it would add so much more to your entry.
2330 days ago
THANKS c00p. I'll work on it tonight. Ran out of time last night (damn the need to sleep.) You always have very helpful comments. They are very much appriciated. As far as all the things going on in the chop, I felt Flaming Chaos explained it all. Just like the world around us, there is both beauty and destruction happening simultaniously at any instant.