So what I think happened is that I wrapped a bunch of empty boxes to make a display for our local library one year...but I don't have a photo of this one. Perhaps it was the one that got screwed up, in which only the top tenth or so of the image showed; or perhaps it was made later in the series; but the fact there was nothing inside lends credence to this view (plus, it's been sitting around in the basement for at least a year...)
So I carefully opened it, stuffed a little gift inside & closed it back up. And photographed it.
Like the robot gift featured yesterday, I applied the ‘softlight’ mode to deepen the blacks and add some snap. I'm not certain it's as close to reality as the original (shown below) but I like the look.
And here's a similar image, cropped only, otherwise out of the box for comparison. The paper—old wallpaper IIRC, was clearly the basis for the sour greens, lemon yellow and pale blue, with a bit of old-gold ribbon providing a note of elegance.
That said, as a rule, I generally prefer minimal editing, and this image, while not as nicely composed (cuz I cropped out all those distracting reflections, instead of fixing them) is truer to life. Once I get over my phase of playing with gimp, I'll probably prefer it, as well.
I had some issues with that series of photos, —I wasn't used to the equipment I was using, and the kit telephoto yielded absolutely crappy IQ [image quality] compared to the zuiko/oly combo I vastly preferred, but unfortunately, was not available at that time.
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