Today I took a trip down memory lane and photographed objects against a Venetian blind. The last time I did this seriously was back in the 80s in a terraced house I lived in. I shot them on Hassleblad and they were some of may favourite shots. So today I recreated that experience using a modern digital SLR and a 100mm macro lens.
If you draw the blinds closed and just allow a small amount of light through you get a great set of patterns reflected on the glass. Also the backlighting gives a rim effect so all sorts of shapes start to appear. It works well with wine bottles too.
It’s a good test of the lens too. You can check for evenness of exposure into the corners (good), fringing (this one had a small amount of blue towards the edges) and distortion (this one is bang on).