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As soon as this wine arrived from my wine club, I asked my friend to loan her brass corkscrew to me so I could photograph it again.

Setup
The background and tabletop are a single sheet of gold, translucent art paper (that I don't remember using before now). A small continuous-light lamp fitted with a diffusion sock and two paper towels to reduce the brightness that was lighting the scene from behind was close to and directly behind the bottle. Another small lamp fitted with a diffusion sock to diffuse the light lit the overall scene from high above on the left.

Focus Stacking
7 focus-bracketed images at Nikon step size 3 were stacked in Helicon Focus at its default settings. The rear of the corkscrew and everything behind it were intentionally left out of focus.


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Excellent conceptualization and a nice execution. For me, I find the center background just a wee bit bright, which causes my eyes to constantly gravitate to the background. The light also turned the copper color in the foreground to more yellow.
 
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Thank you to Nick, Dave and Karen!

And I was looking for a nice shotgun skeet shot!!
Fooled ya and I wasn't even trying!

For me, I find the center background just a wee bit bright, which causes my eyes to constantly gravitate to the background
I can imagine toning that down without causing any harm. You should have seen it before I added the two paper towels to reduce the brightness.

The light also turned the copper color in the foreground to more yellow.
Light shining entirely from behind and through a material will never be exactly the same color as light entirely reflected off the same material. The question isn't whether the color is different; the question is whether the difference in color is a strength or a weakness. The answer to that is a personal choice up to every individual viewer.
 
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Even though I have never had a drink of wine in my life I can nevertheless appreciate fine photography when I see it. Well done Mike, I'm certain the winery would love to hang this beautiful shot in their tasting room.
 
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