Stained Glass, From Churches to Malls

January 17, 2013  •  2 Comments

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Stained Glass, From Churches to Malls

I took this picture a year ago as our church was preparing for its 220th year anniversary and the 120th anniversary of our present building which is on the National Register of Historic Places. When I saw the headline from the NY Times Home and Garden section a photo opportunity was immediately suggested. Claire has some small decorative stained glass panels which were my original targets. But the more I thought about it I knew I needed to go big or go home. Taking a photograph of a stained glass window such as this is really not creating anything artistic. You are documenting someone else's art, and in the case of this window really good art. The scene is of Jesus with Martha and Mary and is located high above our altar. I stood on a step ladder to try and minimize the keystone effect and keep lines parallel. I was only partly successful. Tamron [email protected], f3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 640, handheld.


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Rod Wendt(non-registered)
Looks great. They are not making stained glass like that anymore. Handheld? You mean you could not get a tripod on top of the ladder?
Ann Littlefield Coleman(non-registered)
Dave, it looks very good to me. The small Methodist Church we used to go to had a window something like this one. I always loved sitting in the congregation where I could see it. I am amazed at how much work goes into making glass look so real. And you did an excellent job of capturing it for real. It is almost as if I am sitting in the pew waiting for the service to begin.
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