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.