Today, Miss Emily stayed out of the pictures, and let me set up something fairly complicated to get all of my Petr Novak teaware in a single frame: a box (in which some delicious teas were shipped, yay!) was cut down to 2 sides and a bottom, for draping the piece of velvet. Various things nearby were grabbed to put under the velvet as bases to raise the pieces off the bottom, making room for them all in one shot:
Then a tripod was used for the long exposure, and what you don't see here is me standing behind it with a large towel, and the remote in my hand, trying to position the towel to block the glare from the wall of windows on the other side of the room, and keep the light softer on the ceramics.
And this is the result