I chose this clock today because I have been lying in bed sick all day AGAIN, and thinking how I could have used this time for so many other things. I also wanted an EASY subject. So much for easy! no matter what time of day I looked at it...there were dark shadows, lines from the blinds, reflections and hot spots. So here we are with evening light filtering through the blinds, and casting a shadow on the wall. I like the shadow. The fast shutterspeed prevented the blur in the pendelum. My husband bought this for me a few months ago at a garage sale for $3.00. It didn't work. He, however, can fix anything, and now it plays a pleasant little tune every hour, and some little chimes on the half hour.