Saturday, 23 March 2013

Picture This #192 ~ Glass

Many thanks to Benni for hosting this week. She's chosen a great theme, with lots of scope for variety. Can't wait to see everyone's entries. Congrats to Marianne for her beautiful 'Rose With Raindrops' , this week's Photo Of The Week.

1) My first shot is from a series of experiments I did to capture how a simple glass of water can distort and invert the light from the background behind it. This was my favourite one. I took it at an angle and distance from the glass that the background is not easily recognisable. It's actually the house opposite my kitchen window.
Inversion

2) A stained glass window depicting St Samson, at the Church of St Mary & St Samson, Caldey Island, Wales.
Stained Glass St Samson

3) A 'close up' (if that is the right term!!) of one of the beautiful glass towers of New York.

NY Blue

28 comments:

  1. Wow that is beautiful. Cool effect on the facade. Truly magnificent stained glass window.

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  2. Love the abstractness of the first one ... gosh ... that is a lot of glass in that building ... quite an incredible structure ....

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    1. Thanks Lynne. That's what I liked about the first one, turning a pretty ordinary view into abstract art.

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  3. Hi Mitch! Wow do I ever love your first shot and the creativity of it. I can see the glass and the water and the image - almost spooky. Also enjoy the fractally ripples on the bottom left side of the glass. Your stained glass is just gorgeous, and I love the glass and reflections of buildings and sky on the panes at bottom. Isn't it interesting how the reflections ripple? That's always intrigued me about glass. Marvelous shots.

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    1. Thanks Benni :-)) I love to experiment with everyday objects like this, the results are often surprising and interesting. My experiments with a simple glass of water was one of my faves. I'm going to do some more later in the year, using different shapes and thicknesses of glass.

      Yes, the ripple-effect in glass structures is something that fascinates me. NY was a fantastic place to photograph it, as there are so many glass-faced buildings such as this.

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  4. Cool shot of the glass, Mitch. It has been a long time since I've done any experimenting with camera/glass.

    The stained glass window is beautiful. Sort of looks like Baudelaire, doesn't it?

    I love the shot of the building.It looks like the one down in the Wall Street district, close to South Street Seaport. I chose one that is similar.

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    1. Thanks Debby :-)) It's been a while since I did those experiments. Gonna try doing some more this year.

      I hadn't noticed the resemblence, but now you've mentioned it, yes it does!!! LOL.

      Unfortunately, I didn't note down the name and/or location of a lot of my NY building shots, but I do remember being in the Wall Street area, so you are probably right!!

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  5. Three great photos Mitch. Love St. Sampson, looks quite a character in glass. The reflection on the glass windows is very impressive, and your experiment with the glass in very interesting.

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    1. Thanks Pat :-))

      The 'St Samson' is probably my fave of all the stained-glass shots I've taken. I didn't need to use any zoom and only a little cropping, as the church it is in is tiny and the window was at eye-level, so I could get fairly close.

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  6. Perfect presentations for Glass theme.
    Very interesting experiment in the first shot, I want to try it too.

    I really like the second one, it shows so much details of the stained glass.

    Personally, I don't like glass element in architecture design, but it's a good capture! :)

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    1. Thanks Sophie. Experimenting with everyday objects such as a glass of water can be very rewarding. You should give it a try.

      I like both classical and modern architecture, so I can appreciate both. Of modern architecture, glass-based designs such as this are amongst my favorites.

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  7. I love your experiment picture. and the close up of the
    stained glass window is amazing.

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  8. Mitch, You always have great photos to present.
    You got the details of that stained glass window, I will see if I can get it next time. I might need a different lens.
    Another glass building shot, fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Marcel. The reason the stained-glass shot is so clear is because it was in a tiny church, where the windows were more or less at eye-level, so I could get quite close to them. That's not always the case in large churches or cathedrals!!

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  9. Mitch, I love your attempt to shoot that first image. You accomplished what you set out to do. Beautiful stained glass window. Your image is a close one. I love the design of the building in New York and how the color blue is transformed by its design.

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    1. Thanks Robert. If you see my reply to Marcel, you'll see why the stained-glass shot is so close and clear. The shot of the NY building is only a small section. The whole building, in sunlight, is most impressive!!

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  10. I spend hours once trying to capture a water drop hitting the glass of water that I was pouring into. Unsuccesful, but it shows you how one can play again and again with glass and water and reflections.

    Love all your captures, all great for theme. I have something about glass windows ( hey forgot I have some from our church somewhere, silly me ) ..yours are beautiful.

    That building looks hot !!

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    1. Thanks Marianne. Yes, experimenting with a glass of water can be a whole lot of fun :-))

      The building looks hot? I imagine they would have plenty of air-con inside!! And the mirrored glass would reflect some of the heat, too.

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  11. All 3 are very nice. I'm always trying to photograph something like what you did with the first one. Morning sun coming into the house.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. It's always fun to experiment. Are you not taking part this week?

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  12. Three very nice shots but the top one caught my eyes as soon as I saw it....

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  13. I love what you did with the glass at the top. Stained glass is always beautiful. I have never been to NY but one never knows. LOL

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    1. Thanks Shayna. It was one of my fave experiments with glass and water. NY is somewhere everyone should experience at least once in their life. I loved the place!!

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