Critique What a difference nearly ten years makes!

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I made the first photo, the best of three photos at the time, in December 2010 in my living room just a few days before my wife and I drank the wine on my 60th birthday. I got really serious about photographing in my makeshift studio in July 2012 by studying Light: Science & Magic. After applying the principles in that book to photographing mostly transparent glass, I finally returned to my dream of photographing wine in December 2014. Nearly 10 years after making the first photo, I made the second photo yesterday. Quite a difference in my mind.

The really strange thing is that I didn't look at the first photo until after making the second photo and I didn't remember how I had composed the first photo. In fact, the only photo I had remembered making in 2010 doesn't even have a wine glass. Yet the composition of the second photo nearly ten years later shows that I'm consistent (or boring) if nothing else.

Setup of Photo #2
The tabletop is a piece of wood shelving and the background is a texture from InfiniteTexturePanel.com. A small contiunous-light lamp was high above the scene on the left. A white reflector on the right added the bright tones to the glass and the reflection to the right side of the bottle.

Focus Bracketing of Photo #2
Five focus-bracketed images at Nikon step size 2 made the cork and bottle in focus and left the wine glass out of focus.

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Took you 10 years to figure out to close the window curtain ? :D
I like the second one, the cork makes it (y)
 
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I think many of us, when we look back at older work realize we have improved in some areas, but the overall look often doesn't change- that is who we are. I was showing current work to an old friend, we had not crossed paths in years. He commented that although it was very nice work, he had a print of mine hanging in his office that I gave him in 1979. He thought it looked just like the work I was showing him. That came as a real shock to me, but when I went back and found some old boxes of prints- yup. My composition has almost not changed. It is a lot easier in digital than old film days. My lighting has improved- but not by as much as Mike's.
A lot of the time, we are who we are.
Gary
 
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Thank you to Dan, Gary, West, Nick and Binnur!

How was the wine the second time around?
The memory of the first time gets better and better. The wine I used as a proxy for the orginal wine is a LOT less expensive.

Took you 10 years to figure out to close the window curtain ?
Now you understand why nobody has ever accused me of being a quick study.
 

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