Photographing Stain Glass Windows

The beauty of a stain glass window portrayed in this black and white photo. Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Beautiful to behold stain glass windows are also great to photograph.

To be able to capture the color within the glass it’s best to shoot from inside out into the light. For a more interesting result you might try photographing from an extreme angle or, otherwise, concentrating your composition on an interesting area within the window. Another option, where the stain glass window includes a human representation, is to move in close and concentrate your composition on the subject’s expression and/or gestures. Just as in a portrait, these elements can enhance the emotional impact of your photograph.

While the stain glass window in question exhibited beautiful color I decided that a black-and-white rendering would best portray its inherent textural and emotive qualities. I added a subtle warm/cool split tone to further enhance the result.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
Glenn Guy