IN THE FIELD: Finding The Light

Nature’s light shines in extraordinary ways. But we humans have done a pretty darn good job of manufacturing not only sources of light, but objects that capture nature’s gift of light.

Stained glass windows are a classic example of the marriage of natural light and an object of our creation. Their variety of shapes and forms have adorned churches, monasteries, homes and fancy-dancy lamps for centuries. Motifs range from religious, wildlife and nature to geometric designs and patterns. Intricate designs can be painted directly on the glass or small pieces of glass can be combined to create a mosaic.

No matter what the motif or technique, the natural light streaming through a stained glass window is a display I simply cannot resist.

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  1. December 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Great colors! Geometric patterns always appeal to me.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Yes these windows or full of color. I have never seen windows with so much blue and red!

  2. December 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Stained glass windows are so beautiful. We have some stained glass in a couple of doors but I haven’t captured a good photograph yet. Thank you for reminding me 🙂

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Well you are welcome Meanderer! Now there is a subject to play with on a cold rainy day!

  3. everydaylifeinrecovery
    December 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I too love stained glass windows. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

      You are welcome and thanks for stopping by!

  4. December 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Very nice colors!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

      They are certainly colorful! I’ve never seen that much blue and red used in ALL the windows before!

  5. Steve
    December 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Love stained glass windows! This is a terrific capture; they can be tricky indeed. Great shot!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Steve, tricky for sure! Under-over-middle, light to bright, not enough light, digital helps!

  6. December 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    beautiful…the light is just wonderfully lighting and bringing out the details !

    personally it brings back memories when i explored a bit of this subject myself (my first few experiments with long exposure).

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Abu, one would think “easy capture” but they can be tricky!

  7. December 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    This is so beautiful. And one of the impressive places for light… You captured so nicely dear David. Thank you, with my love, nia

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Nia, I love these places because every window is different!

  8. December 15, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I have always appreciated stained glass windows. They are indeed a magnificent way to capture light!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

      They sure are! And the varied patterns and subject matter adds to the charm!

  9. Nandini
    December 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Great shot. Lovely color combinations and the art patterns. 🙂

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Nandini, these were quite impressive. There is a lot of hand painting in this group of windows!

  10. December 15, 2011 at 6:22 am

    http://photographyofnia.com/2011/12/15/what-a-nice-award/

    Hi Dear David, I wanted to let you know I’ve given you the Reader Appreciation award.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Well thank you dear Nia, I am humbled.

  11. December 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I always follow the light in my photography, so I can appreciate your post for those words too. You’ve captured this stain glass beautifully, David.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Thank you Katie, “chasing the light” that’s what we do! And you have exceptional light where you live and you capture it so well!

  12. December 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great shot – love how the colourful light continues on the white wall

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Stefan, yes I do too and the windows transmit the red and blue light through out the church!

  13. December 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What is this light you’re talking about? I leave for work at dawn, and come home at dusk. I sometimes get a glimpse of the sunrise, or sunset, but lately it’s been raining so much the sky has only a dull grey colour to boast… Only one more week now and the sun will ‘turn’ and the days will grow longer! 🙂
    Beautiful photo! Stained glass windows are so beautiful! I love the red and the dark blue!

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Boy I remember those days leaving in the dark and coming home in the dark and never seeing the light of day…the room I worked in had no windows! I’m looking forward to longer days too! There sure is a lot of red and blue in those windows!

  14. December 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    David, you did a great job with this. I really like the colored light around the edges of the window.

  15. December 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Lee, I am still deciding whether to post a view of the interior…the light coming through the windows turned the whole church lavender!

  16. December 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Gorgeous image! The interior must have been beautiful, too.

    • December 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Tricia, I will post a photo of the interior of the church. I would love to see it all decked out for Christmas!

  17. December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I love stained glass! Beautiful colours! The picture is great and rich in colours 🙂 AS many times as tried to take a good picture of a stained glass, I never achieved such a result! 😀

    • December 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Kristina, yes finding the right exposure can be tricky…that’s what’s nice about digital. You can over or under expose until you get what you want and see the results right away!

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