Philippe: First, the old habits.. I have to admit to a slight case of obsessive-compulsiveness on my part. These shoes are approximately eight years old and I still get a great satisfaction in shining them up.. I also have to stop myself from going "you know, I could do better" and trying.
Then the new ones; playing with light is something I'm trying to get a lot more into these days. :)
While both shots are essentially the same idea, the results are fairly different. I like the lower shot over the upper one for the simple fact that the lighting seems nicer. Both are soft focus (when seen at full size) but short of buying a *really* expensive lens (or learning to keep still, of course) I'm not sure how to get around that and still keep the soft light.