I just took this as part of my experiments with that f/1.8 50mm lens I mentioned.
I set this up in a dark room with my trusty desk lamp lighting system and the hot shoe flash pointed towards the ceiling.
(1/160, f/1.8, aperture priority, focal length – 50mm, ISO – 200, 17/10/07 19:47)
To my mind, it’s another one of ‘those’ pictures I take that is close but still just mweh. In this case I think the reflection of the flash on the top of the globe ruins it. But, having tried this a couple of times (OK 30, you know me….) I’m still not sure how to get enough light onto the subject to give it that ‘live’ feeling without ending up being able to see my kitchen in the reflections and a dubious great flash spot to boot.
I guess making use of a proper blacked out environment would help keep the reflections in the globe down, but how do you get direct light onto something for shadows without ending up with that sort of flash feedback effect?