I guess like many parents, I face frequent challenges getting my two young kids (both under the age of 11) to do things with me! More often than not, they just want to use electronics. The problem is, they’re still to young to be left alone, so if my significant other is out or busy, I am somewhat ham-stringed when it comes to photography adventures!

It’s at times like these that I find myself looking at the light, and thinking about what objects I can put in it to photograph at home. Today was one such day. There was some really nice, and quite bright, directional light coming into my lounge through the bay window at about 16:00. So, just because I was bored, I thought I’d photograph something with my Hasselblad and using some Kodak TMax 100.

When my wife and I got married, we were fortunate enough to be gifted a set of Edinburgh Crystal tumbler glasses. This was back in the early 00’s. Edinburgh Crystal was a world renowned manufacturer of fine crystal glass that sadly went into administration in 2006 (or maybe 2009). Our set of glasses have been used, but not that much, and they live in the fancy velvet lined box most of the time. So I took one out today to photograph it.

I created a dark backdrop and base using some large black card. I then placed a small 1″ thick box on the base card (that was used by Analogue Wonderland to send me some rolls of Ektachrome this week (that I just knew would come in handy so I kept it!) and covered it with a sheet of black static material.

I set the Hasselblad 501CM up with the 120mm close-focus lens and, for the first time, used my 21mm extension tube as well, just to allow me slightly closer framing. Loaded her up with Kodak Tmax 100 in 120 format and then using the Sekonic light meter, took a few readings at ISO100 (no pushing today). I also used my mini-Manfrotto tripod, just for some extra support, not that I especially needed it but for macro type work, it is always a good idea to use a tripod if your subject allows for it.

During the 12 frames, I added the odd thing like some ice cubes and some water (or was it gin…no, maybe it was vodka!) and fired away. As the water cooled, I got a few nice droplets on the glass too. I was quite happy with what came out. What do you think?