i love the tree. it looks like you are really digging this larger scale. i'm glad to see that you have worked out the kinks you had earlier with the unevenness of the board. For photographing: have you tried to photograph outside in a shady part of the yard or later in the day. Flash just does not work well.
well, I really don't want to 'move' this around too much...It's too big! but yeah, I will try doing shade outdoors for smaller projects.