Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects

Miniature Models

I’m very fond of miniatures, dolls houses, model railways, anything like that. These first three photos were taken at the Dollhouse and Minature Fair in Hobart on a couple of different occasions. You can’t get much smaller than a model in a matchbox! The names of the clever model makers are included in the photos.

A mini room in a matchbox.
A mini scene in a doll-sized suitcase.
Model thatch cottage.

This little doll was part of a lot of dolls house stuff that Naomi gave me one year. It’s not really a toy but it is very interesting. We think it dates from around the 1930s and was made in Germany.

Old hard plastic doll inside a bunch of grapes. German, I think.

This last one was taken the day that Naomi brought all her dolls house furniture round to my house and we spent the afternoon identifying and photographing it. Actually, I was still photographing the individual pieces a few days later. It looks like a crazy furniture shop.

All Naomi’s dolls house furniture.




I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I also like small things but I found it quite difficult to take photos of smaller things with my current lenses, because of the minimal focus distance. This is why I recently purchased a 40mm Micro lens that hopefully arrives today.

    It’s probably not for outside macro photography (like insects), but I needed a lens for inside because I sometimes want to take photos of things and products. Be it coins, cables (pictures for future tech articles) or what not.

    So far I managed it to take some images of small things with my lenses, but standing meters away or on the other side of the room is not funny with my 70-300mm. I want to get close without cropping. My 50mm is fine for food photography but not for too tiny things, also because of focus distance. The 40mm can be used a lot closer, it should do the trick for the future, I’m just concerned about shadows. But in the future, I probably will take a look at longer macros anyway. I just need the 40mm for product stuff, and who knows how it will inspire me 🙂


    • I had been thinking of getting a macro lens myself. My main zoom lens is 18-50mm but I wouldn’t mind a better quality prime lens one day. Shadows are a problem for me too when I’m photographing dolls and miniatures. I have a couple of small lights and a white cube but trying to position them is difficult sometimes. On bright days I often just use my kitchen bench as there is good natural light in that room. We’re coming to the dull weather now though so any kind of photography really needs to be done early in the day.

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  2. I don’t have a flash yet… but I’ve heard you can make the internal flash work ok if you mount a cheapo diffuser on the hotshoe. I find the internal flash useless, but onYouTube I saw that a diffuser could change that. There seem to be different products out there at low costs. I don’t have experience with it yet, but it sounds like a nice temporary solution until I have a flash unit in the future. I might order one at some point. Maybe you remember my post, I once shot my own portrait photos with a simple white paper attached in front of my internal flash, and that alone made a big difference. So, I think a proper diffuser that can be mounted in front of the internal flash, will probably work even better than what I tried DIY. Using different light sources like you did, this sounds good too. I did something like this with a smartphone flashlight app lol for some photos in the past.

    Yes, working in well lit rooms or on tables is good too. Natural light is definitely the best. What I sometimes like to do is putting the object on the windowsill. Near the window you always get great photos. Some of my best cat photos of Shyna have been shot near the window. It totally amazed me back then what light can do 🙂

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