Stained Glass Windows, Notre Dame Plaza, San Francisco, 10 August 2014 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

They didn’t need Photoshop in the Middle Ages!

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I attended a writers’ seminar Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame Plaza, a beautiful retirement community across the street from Mission Dolores near 16th & Dolores. We gathered in a chapel with stained glass windows, and during breaks I indulged in my hobby, using my iPhone 4. The original iPhone 4 has a flawed camera compared with later versions, but I’ve learned to exploit its weaknesses to my advantage, taking extreme closeups of the glass panes to use the textures created during the manufacture of the colored glass to do interesting things to the background scenery. No edits aside from cropping out distracting elements along the edges.

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I found this window at the bottom of a stairwell.


Even the stairway has its “textural” interest.


Vonn Scott Bair

4 responses »

  1. What a great idea to picture the texture of thick glass. And I like that you can guess what there is to see behind the windows.

    • Cindy Hess: You know, you inspired me to take a closer look at my pictures and I spotted something I hadn’t noticed before. In the multi-pane pictures, one or two panes are clear enough that you can easily see the background, but in others, the background is so blurred it becomes abstract. Dang. I think I need to go back there to take more shots. Vonn Scott Bair

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