I LOVE IT!
You did really well on this! Reflective surfaced items are extremely difficult to photograph. Reading your "hijack post" , I know exactly what you went through. Every time I set up the lights, I do the same thing. All wonderful experiments with light!
The second image is perfect!! WELL DONE!
Next time, try this....
Build a FOAM CORE house, so to speak. An UPSIDE DOWN U shape. I don't have the boards to do it yet, it is my next experiment. In the photo class, they called it "Fashion Lighting". Use a white background and throw a lot of light on the background, and then light up the subject in the "house".
The light bounces everywhere and you get a really nice effect, the subject will pop!
Going to try this again when things settle down after Christmas.
You get a very similar result as you do using a light tent. See my image below. It is not 100% perfect but more than perfect enough for the customers needs. I would have like to have done more of this subject, but time didn't allow it.
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One of about 30 or so parts I photographed, some more challenging than others based on how shiny the metal was.
Regarding the Blonde... yes, I have tried it, but I can't remember if I liked it or not. Probably not. I drink the Molsen's, blue and gold can, version and believe it or not, I have gotten used to the Bud I poo-pooed thru having to drink thru the case! COLD is the only way to go. Better than drinking a soft drink!