Critique The devil made me do it.

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I've seen so many images of an egg supported by two forks that I've resisted making my own up until now. Though I finally succumbed to the temptation, mine is in a less traditional style that includes a spatula, use of color and a dramatic look partly because of the somewhat grungy look in the metal utensils.

EDIT: Karen recommended cropping to eliminate part of the bottom. I liked the idea so the revised version, which also has a different aspect ratio and a small hair spotted by Nick removed from the edge of the egg, is now added to this post.

Setup
The tabletop is silver semi-glossy presentation board. The background is black velvet. Two small continuous-light lamps were on the left front and right front at the level of the tabletop. The one on the left was fitted with a red gel and the one on the right was fitted with two yellow gels and a diffusion sock to reduce brightness. A white reflector above the scene brightened the tabletop behind the subject.

Focus Stacking
15 focus-bracketed images at Nikon step size 3 were stacked in Helicon Focus at its default settings. The foreground part of the spatula and the nearest part of the egg were intentionally left at a soft focus to help convey a three-dimensional feeling.

Original
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Revised
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The image is certainly a creative take on the egg and forks concept.

A lot going on in this image. 3 strong subjects and strong colored lighting. One suggestion is to crop about half the bright bottom below the start of the slots in the spatula - thus rendering the spatula to a supporting role :) and not a focal point. IMHO the curves of the curves and "flow" are then more dominant also.
 
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maybe make that small "dot" on the egg *upper left) disappear? LOL!
I made a point of positioning the egg so that little dot would be easily seen.

And the little hair at about 4 O'clock.
Yes to that. If you saw my makeshift studio, you would wonder why there aren't hundreds of hairs like that.
 

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