In the quest to be better, I keep learning new skills. In this lies much of the interest I have in shooting and firearms. There is always more to learn, room to grow, and new horizons to scan. The Carteach0 blog has encouraged me to take on it's own demanding necessary skills. Writing (which I have so much room to grow into) and photography. Recently the latter of these occupied several hours of a day off. Setting up in a spare room, I tried to build a light stage. Diffused lighting from several lamps, along with natural lighting from a large sunlit window.
This rigging challenged Murphy in epic ways, but turned out to be highly educational. As a bonus, It didn't set the house on fire. I learned that my camera is not up to full size high detail rifle sized images, but does fairly well on pistol sized images. Witness this shot of a 1934 Beretta, seemingly suspended in mid air. In reality, it's balanced on a twelve gauge shotgun shell above a neutral muslin cloth.
After the Beretta pistol, it's magazine proved to be no challenge (again, balanced).
Next, a vintage top break revolver .38 S+W. It too is balanced on twelve gauge shells. In this case, a change in exposure allowed the fabric background to join in the photo, although in a minor way.
Finally, the same 1934 Beretta, only this time resting directly on the background fabric. I think the texture lends interest without distracting, while the 'suspended' look of the previous image looks a bit like a 1970's gun magazine.