So which one is a more dynamic image? I've been playing around with photos and backgrounds for the pendants that I have listed in the Etsy shop - check out the link on the left side of the page. Even though the bottom image is not as close up as the top image I feel like it has more impact because of the contrast in values. I was looking at the pendant photos I've been using and thinking that they're rather bland. There has to be a way to spice them up a bit. Then it hit me. Duh..... I'm a painter! I have all these wonderful textures and colors sitting right here at my fingertips. Why not use paintings for the backdrops of the hand painted, original pendants that I make! Sometimes solutions are so simple that we just miss them.