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


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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