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Can you Adam and Eve it?

Posted by Jackie on June 30, 2008

Sorry for the delay in posting this – I thought I had lined it up yesterday to post at midnight as usual, but clearly the red wine led to a bit of a blonde moment 😉

I was really pleased with this picture – my attempts at photographing stained glass windows NEVER come out. It depicts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Tomorrow I’ll start showing some of the delights around and about the Cathedral.

6 Responses to “Can you Adam and Eve it?”

  1. Katya said

    What a beautiful window! It is so pretty…but I love stained glass sooo much!!!! There is so much detail. Wow! Truly a fine capture, Jackie.

  2. marley said

    Well done on a great photo! The stained glass is really impressive and you shown it in all its glory 🙂

  3. Stained glass photography is always a problem – great shot, well done!

  4. babooshka said

    Not just the stained glass , but how you have created the silhoutted black backgound from the stonework. Very dramatic image.

  5. Never tried this kind of pics, I dont aptent churches that much too.
    Great shot, I see them yeh!

  6. Ted Jerome said

    Nice shot! Stained glass photos will usually be disappointing if you leave the camera set for full-auto. The reason for this is that the exposure meter will try to average the amount of light in the view, attempting to provide a balance between the very dark interior surfaces with the very bright glass. You probably would prefer to see *all* of the detail in the glass section of the photo at the expense of the dark interior. Even in your good photo, some of the glass detail is “blown out”, or overexposed, especially visible in the sun-like object above Adam’s figure.

    A good solution is to meter just the glass area if your camera will allow it. Your Pentax Optio S50 has three metering settings: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, and Spot. The normal setting is the first one, which views the entire scene and averages the exposure for all of it. Center-weighted metering looks mostly at the *middle* of your scene for its metering, which should work quite well for you in this type of photo. Spot metering, as its name implies, looks at only a very small spot of your view (something like 5% or so) for its metering.

    Try using the center-weighted metering next time you shoot stained glass, and see how it helps.

    You may have found a method that works pretty well with the normal metering, and this is to get as close to the glass as you can, filling most of the view. That way, the light from the glass is the majority of the information for the meter to average, and so it is exposed better than if you were ten feet farther away.

    Cheers!
    Ted

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