Yeah, I think I see what you mean.. The "flat" angle does not help the photo at all. Almost like a "chord chart".. The photo does not jump out at you- no emotion.. I agree.. & theres that lighting issue again.....
The inlays "should" have come out better.. Thanks for your input-I agree ! Back to the drawing board..
I think with these kinds of shots you need some shadow and highlight to add drama or emotion, so the viewer can connect with the photo... as it is now, the light is flat (good exposure), so it lacks anything the viewer can get attached to.
Nice fretboard though
Some inspiration, perhaps:http://www.flickr.com/photos/blue-light1/4159563791/http://www.flickr.com/photos/werksmedia/2656011167/