What else to do on a cold, grey, wet, miserable Sunday afternoon than buckle down to work and refining my mini-studio for the oodles of photographs I have to take.
PP is suffering from a dreadful cold, which thus far I seem to have miraculously escaped.
Small Dog has taken to her bed in protest against being given a haircut at the onset of autumn.
And I have been tearing my hair out trying to find a set-up for the photography which works each and every time.
I've been playing around with it for a week now and getting nowhere fast. Which is frustrating and dispiriting in equal measure. Photographing miniature things is difficult at the best of times, and this is most definitely NOT the best of times.
After spending several fruitless hours today messing about with lightbox, lighting and backdrops etc, I was rapidly coming to the conclusion that the only sensible thing to do was declare defeat and take to the bottle.
However, as I was sitting, head in hands at my desk, full of frustrated self-pity, I suddenly had AN IDEA.
It was an idea, so strikingly simple and obvious in its simplicity that it seemed impossible that it could actually work. Even as I was trying to find suitable items for the various components I needed to conduct the experiment, the euphoria of my initial eureka moment was fading fast and I began to convince myself that it was almost certainly a fruitless task.
However, I soldiered on, assembling a variety of unrelated items into a Heath Robinson style contraption. I then conducted the experiment and took the camera into the office so I could upload the results onto PP's computer.
Well I'm blowed! We both looked at the screen, looked at each other, looked at the screen again and it was all I could do to stop myself doing a little victory dance.
After weeks and weeks of trawling the internet, looking for hints, tips and techniques on macro photography, I can say that not once did I find any suggestion of my idea.
I've may even have inadvertently invented an invention! This could be my Dyson moment and this time next year I'll be a millionaire!
In any event, I have taken this as a sign not to give up and press on regardless. And I can be fairly sure my timely inspiration wasn't due to any heavenly intervention.
More of which anon.........