This is the final stained glass that I wish to share with you from my recent collection of images captured in Orton’s Parish Church. All Saints had some great examples, old and new, which were all in fantastic condition and very clean. Using a tripod, long lens and long exposure I was able to get a perfectly sharp record of this work of art. One of the main difficulties in churches is getting the perspective correct, as the windows are often very high up so the camera has to point up at them. These windows were lower than average and I was able to get far enough away for this not to be an issue.
This is one of the more modern pieces of stained glass I have had chance to photograph recently. It is unusual to find such a colourful background but it really compliments the simple detailing on the angel’s wings and faces. I have zoomed in here to really fill the frame with the focal point; the full work of art stretches to the full height of these life-sized figures in this ornate church window.
The parish church in the village of Orton is All Saints and from the outside it doesn’t look very ornate, but inside the windows are photographic treasures. They are modern works of art, but on a cloudy day with a tripod I was able to capture half a dozen of the best stained glass photographs I have captured so far. Many religious buildings have stained glass, but it is either very high up (causing perspective issues) or there are restrictions on tripod use.
I haven’t photographed stained glass very often, but as a member of a photographic club I have seen hundreds of examples of this genre of photo. In my opinion it is such a popular subject because of the bright colours and the fact that it is indoors. Whenever we go on a photo holiday and it starts to cloud over and rain, we always seem to get maps out and start hunting for churches that might have interesting stained glass. On an overcast day the light is not harsh, this makes the stained glass more evenly lit.