Thank you for taking the time to post those BTS shots!
You certainly have a technique that works, and your levitation images are very, very cool.
In a loose way, they remind me of an exploded view in a patent drawing.
I also have a bit of envy, of the time and work that you afford such shots.
Perhaps 90 percent of the images that I take are run-and-gun, and I do like to try harder than that.
Most of the the times, someone at some food establishment brings out our meals and I have about a minute before people start giving me stern looks for holding up the show.
The images below are just such an image, where they taken at a roadside stand and merely photographed on their outdoor picnic table.
They would be a classic example of using a New England-style hot dog bun, and they were previously posted in the Street Food thread.
I did spend quite a bit of time in Canon's DPP however, using their stamp tool to remove flecks of things that while tiny, bothered me.
One minute to photograph/ 20 minutes to nitpick an image file, seems to be the scenario for me.
Again, I like and appreciate your images.
Lunch at Hot Dog Annie's, Leicester, MA, USA
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/28e3Vcz 121_6415_2 by Mark A. photo, on Flickr