With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Show & Tell Friday ~ Photographing Crystal~

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Show & Tell Friday ~ Photographing Crystal~

For the longest time I've wanted to frame photographs of crystal pieces that belonged to my husbands family. I have been working at capturing the sparkle and detail of these beautiful pieces but have not been able to achieve the results I want. It is a lot trickier than it looks getting good shots!

I would be thrilled for any advice you talented photographers out there would share with me.

This pretty little jam/condiment jar is not old but sweet as ever. It was a gift to my MIL from her sister, Elsie as a souvenir from a trip to Florida in 1973.
This lovely wine glass came from my husbands grandparents. There were six of these beautiful stemmed goblets, but I broke one last Christmas while washing it.
I love using and enjoying my treasures instead of just looking at them in the china cabinet but now I am very reluctant for fear of losing another one.
The size of this pitcher is not conveyed in this photograph. It is large and so heavy I need two hands to pour from it. It is flat and lackluster in this photo and I really wish I knew how to bring it to life and show its true elegance.

I have some more pieces I want to photograph then place in black frames and hang in my foyer. Decorative and sentimental!
Stop by and visit with Cindy @ My Romantic Home to see the terrific Show & Tell Friday posts! And, better, yet ~ share something from your home!

18 comments:

Gee said...

Hi LDH,

What a lovely piece!!!Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

Treasia Stepp said...

What lovely crystal pieces you have. Thanks for sharing with us.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Such pretty peices of crystal! I am afraid I have no advice regarding taking pictures. I rarely take good pictures! LOL

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

They look beautiful as they're photographed, but I'm sure they are much more impressive in person. Lovely!

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

I love the items you have and the pictures look pretty good as they are.

If you have not already visited Bill over at Affordable Accourtrements (http://affordableaccoutrements.blogspot.com) you are missing out. He uses lots of crystal and they just sparkle in the candle light. He had a post on photography tips. He never uses the flash. I know my Tablescape Thursday posts look better after taking his advice. If you visit him, tell him Bunny Jean says hi.

Mildred said...

What lovely crystal. Your idea to frame them in black will be stunning. Hope you have a very nice weekend.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love that pitcher! Reminds me of a smaller version that my mother has that she uses for cream. Very pretty collection!

Hootin' Anni said...

Pretty times three!!! Your photography is great...love the lighting and love crystal!!

My Show n Tell, HERE, ---it's 32 degrees out, and I have one lone iris blooming!!! Come see the rich beautiful purple!!...in the dead of winter.

Happy Friday!

Jane said...

I love your idea of framing your crystal photos. It's tricky to get that shine to really show. I see that someone suggested "talking" with Bill at Affordable Accoutrements. He does an excellent job of capturing that elusive sparkle.
Jane

ceekay said...

I think those pieces are precious. I just love the little jar!

Susan said...

What lovely pieces! What a great idea of the pictures of the pices in frames!!!!
Susan

marie said...

So pretty and what a great idea to frame them. I think the first piece is beautiful!

crochet lady said...

Those are beautiful crystal pieces! I have a pitcher and juice glass set that was my grandmothers and I wouldn't part with it for anything.

A Little Of This And That said...

Beautiful pieces. I don't have any crystal to photograph, so I can't offer any advice. What you've done is quite pretty though.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I saw that someone recommended going to Bill's blog, and I would also recommend that. He takes beautiful photographs of his tables.

I have found that light play on crystal helps bring it to life. Try shooting using candlelight.

Good luck!

XO,

Sheila :-)

deb mills said...

i think you did an excellent job of photographing your beautiful crystal. i do rubber stamping and photograph my cards for my own blog. shimmer and sparkle are the most difficult things to capture on film. thanks for sharing your lovely pieces.

Valerie said...

Those photo's are beautiful are certainly would be lovely framed. I don't have any crystal to photograph, so I can't help with any advice, only that I think they are beautiful!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those are beautiful! It's very hard to photograph sparkle! You did a great job!

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