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2.26.11 ~ 57/365

26 Feb

I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I was taking a stained glass class with a friend. This week was supposed to be our last class, so I planned on a more complex project to finish up with. But- our instructor (and fellow classmates) are having so much fun, we’ve decided to extend the class for another week. (So now I need to think of another project! In our 6 week class, I’ve made 5 projects!).

Let me tell you- taking pictures of stained glass is not easy! I tried hanging it in a window, off of various tree branches in the yard, over a fence, etc, but the background was either too messy, too distracting, or too dark. I think I shot 65 pictures this morning, before deciding on this one- it’s taken in front of my Jeep. You’re only getting a small version of the picture because I really don’t want anyone scrutinizing it…lol.
I did a lot of Photoshop work on this- I filled in some black at the bottom, and I used a combination of brushes and the spot healing tool to get the post I had used to hold my piece out of the picture. I almost think I over-processed it.

Anyone have any suggestions for taking pictures of stained glass? The only window in our house that doesn’t have a screen on it is our back sliding door, and just outside that door is a bare tree, so even though the background is blurred, it just makes for a nasty brown mess– not to mention, the colors are very washed out (but in a dark way– does that make sense?). It’s not even really sunny right now- more of a bright overcast. Help!


I guess I should mention what my piece is- it is a cherry blossom branch. The branch and the leaves are stained glass, and the flowers are made out of fusing glass, which I melted in my kiln at 1600 degrees. The 5 items hanging from it are “origami” paper cranes in various poses.

Close up of my fused flowers

And three of the paper cranes

 
8 Comments

Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

8 responses to “2.26.11 ~ 57/365

  1. Trish ~ ♥ ~

    February 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Great job on the stained glass piece, I really like the fused flowers, they add that little special touch.

     
  2. Katherine

    February 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Really nice glass work!

     
  3. karren hubrich

    February 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I remember seeing an earlier post about the stained glass. It is something I have wanted to try. I LOVE the look of those fused flowers. I have one suggfestion you may try for photos. My friend gave me a stained glass rooster for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I did not hang him on the glass. I have thin white cotton curtains in my kitchen. I noticed the other day how the light comes right through them, so I hung the rooster on the curtain. He looks beautiful there. I like photos in there in the afternoon or evening when the light makes my curtains act as giant soft boxes. Try putting sheer white fabric in a window, maybe on a pressure rod, behind the glass pieces. I bet it will work. Do you have a background frame you could hang the glass from? You are doing a great job with the glass. They are all beautiful!

     
  4. Kara

    February 27, 2011 at 2:20 am

    pretty colors!!

     
  5. Keara

    February 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

    WOW! I think you did a beautiful job!

     
  6. Janell Hughes

    February 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I absolutely LOVE this, with the cherry blosssoms and cranes. Awesome!

     
  7. Flower Photography

    February 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    So very pretty!

     
  8. Gretchen

    March 1, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Beautiful! Wonderful work! I’m not sure what to suggest for your pictures… =\

     

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