A study of background textures in chainmaille pictures

Unless you're doing a closeup of a sheet of maille, chain pictures require a background that doesn't take away from the image itself.
Here are some examples of various things found around the house that can (and can't) be used.

All pictures were taken with the same lighting and chain, in a lightbox made of foam-core posterboard.
The camera used was a Canon Rebel XS with an EF-S 60mm macro lens at a distance of approximately 38cm (give or take a few depending on the thickness of the background being used). Aperture priority mode was used at f/20 with ISO 200, exposures were all in the 1/10 to 1/3 second range. Full size pictures are available if someone really wants them, just send an email (cshake,gmail) or a private message at MAIL
Chain: 19g (0.040", 1mm) 3/16" (0.212", 5.38mm) Stainless Steel, Half Persian 4 in 1 weave.

Black Construction Paper
Black Construction Paper (Peacock brand Poster Board, 11"x14")
Paper Bag
Paper Bag, thin kind from the liquor store
Coffee Filter
Coffee Filter
Textured Folder
3-hole Folder, thick cardboard
Egg Carton
Egg Carton
Graph Paper
Engineering Graph Paper
Copier Paper
White copier/printer paper
Old Book Cover
Book Cover, almost fabric, printed in 1930
Microfiber Pillowcase
Cheap Microfiber Pillowcase
Tuxedo Lapel
Tuxedo Lapel
Tuxedo Liner
Tuxedo Liner
600tc Pillowcase
Cotton Pillowcase, 600 Threadcount
Red Dress Shirt
Dress shirt, 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester
Black Button-up Shirt
Button-up Shirt, 55% Linen, 45% Rayon
Canvas Bag
Canvas Grocery Bag
Necktie, probably silk but no tag remaining
Denim Jeans
Denim Jeans, Levi brand
Tea Towel
Tea Towel (hand towel)
Acrylic Scarf
Scarf, 100% Acrylic
Fleece Vest
Nylon Rope
Nylon Rope
Sandblasted Aluminum
Sandblasted Aluminum (Macally external HD enclosure)
Cast Iron
Cast Iron Pan, seasoned
Aluminum Foil
Aluminum Foil (used as drip tray in oven)
Dirty Aluminum Foil
Aluminum Foil with burned on olive oil
.22 Bullets
.22 LR Bullets
Other Maille
Other Maille, 14g 1/4" E4n1
Rubbermaid Container Lid
Rubbermaid Lid, icecream size container
Hard Plastic Mousepad
LCD Screen
Electronic Picture Frame LCD Screen
Poly Cutting Board
Well Used Polyethylene Cutting Board
Artificial Fiber Kitchen Sponge
Plastic Bag
Plastic Grocery Bag
Dinner Plate Back
Dinner Plate Back
Dinner Plate Front
Dinner Plate Front
Black Leather
Black Leather from the scrap bin at Tandy
Black Leather (Reverse)
Black Leather from the scrap bin at Tandy, reverse side
Wood Cutting Board
Wood Cutting Board
Coarse Sea Salt
Long Grain Brown Rice
Oats (full size, not instant)
All of the above images are by Christopher Shake,
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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