The wood grain is not perfect, and I know it. I enjoy the look of wood grain veneers. The shelf this is from has been around a long time. The scratches are now as much a part of the piece as the original finish. The camera was a Nikon D90; the lens, the best cheap Nikon lens, the Nikon 18-55mm AF-S VR DX. It was lit with an SB-600 Nikon SpeedLight bounced off the ceiling and powered down two stops. Post-processing was limited to minor adjustments.
Incidentally, this post marks the beginning of the fourth month of my One Picture a Day project. In a few days we’ll mark our 100th post in the project. It’s been a great run so far. I have learned much about my equipment, and have taken shots I probably would have otherwise missed, and gone a few places to take pictures that I probably would not have found the motivation to go to otherwise, not to mention generated more than a few run-on sentences in the related blog posts.