cross in the window

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  1. tsien

    tsien TPF Noob!

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    Hello! This is an extremely boring picture. Flat 2 dimensional. I like the subject but couldn't think of a way to shoot it in a more interesting way. Do you have a clue?

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    With stained glass, I like to wait until the light is shining through. I then set the camera up with a long exposure and stir up some dust to give a more ray-like image.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Set up a shoplight on one side and shoot from the other but pull back some, the window frame could give it some perspective.
     
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    I agree about pulling back. Show the window in it's environment and composed in such a way as to highlight it. I think this photo needs some perspective for us to appreciate it more.
     
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    Yeah, I think if you get the light from the other side, it will help greatly with the flatness.
     
  6. ginsberg

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    I'm going to start with a question. Why did you choose this particular subject? I'm sure that there are many possible reasons but I'll make an assumption. You either want to show the religious symbolism OR you are interested in the different colors of the stained glass.

    If its the symbolism you pretty much have to take a photo of the entire window. However, if you're interested in the glass you might consider focusing on only a few pieces and forget about the window as a whole. Look for a few interesting colors and shapes that complement each other.

    Re: light, I pretty much agree that light shining through the glass would make it more striking. However, strong reflected light might also be interesting. As an experiment, with this or any other photo, pick an area that interests you and walk from one side of that area to the other. Note how the light changes as you move. Also note how your feelings of the subject change as the light changes. Finally, if you can't see the photo that you want, buy a postal card and come back at another time and try again.

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    Since my last comments I had a chance to look at the photo again. Notice how your eyes are always drawn upward toward the cross area. Much of the area below the (window bar?) is not engaging. I'd suggest that you consider cropping (or retaking) it so that most (but not all) of the area below the bar is not included.

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