This is a swarm of pill capsules intended to uploaded to a stock art site. The ultimate product will be an animation showing these flowing in a jumble, but for critique I would like to consider only a typical frame such as this. The aim is strong photorealism and simplicity of subject matter - just pills and nothing else, suitable to use as an element for video/film compositing or as background.
Using Cycles, 300 samples, OptiX denoising, depth of focus with f/1.5 and plenty of light sources to make reflections and emphasize the capsule form. The background is flat black for easy compositing by users of this image. Color management is Filmic, medium high contrast. I adjusted gamma to 0.98 for what seemed like a better overall look.
Does this look realistic? Is there anything annoying or obviously cheesy about this? Any obvious improvements I’m overlooking?