Exploring Stain Glass Windows through Photography

Stain glass Windows Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L series USM lens_1/25 second @ f 10 ISO 400

Beautiful to behold, stain glass windows allow us to see color when the glass is backlit. This seems a much purer experience of color compared to our usual experience via reflected light. The panels are also beautiful as individual pieces of art and, in the case of the Christian tradition, for the stories revealed when viewing them in sequence.

I’ve long found the experience of viewing stain glass windows to be calming and somewhat mesmerizing. One day I may well undertake a short course and produce one or two for my own place.

Due to the height of the windows I was forced to photograph them from below, resulting in a somewhat skewed perspective. In this case I like the way it leads the eye from the bottom through to the top panels providing a greater sense of 3-dimensional space.

The original color image was rendered into black-and-white and further enhanced through the addition of a subtle split tone.

Processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
Glenn Guy