St Salvator, Bruges: Jesus Window

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 16 December 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

I'm not sure if the name is right, I'm calling it just so. The upper row is showing key scenes in the life of the Christ that are corresponding to scenes of the Old Testament (Annunciation - the angel intervening Abraham sacrificing his son; (no idea of the 2nd scene); Marriage at Cana - Gathering of the Manna; Crucifixion - (not sure, perhaps the martyrdom of the Maccabees); Last Supper (?) - Moses leading his people; the risen Lord builds the church - God speaking to David(?)). Corrections welcome.

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Another beautiful shot! My guess on the second image would be the Visitation, from Luke 1:39-44, where Elizabeth's unborn child leaps for joy at the sound of Mary's greeting. Not sure though, on the corresponding Old Testament scene...

16 Dec 2010 5:18am

@MissT: Many thanks for this suggestion, MissT! Looks reasonable to me!

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

i love how the colors are so vivid here. a beautiful capture, my friend :-)

16 Dec 2010 2:18pm

@B.Held: Many thanks, Britanny! Another one will be shown tomorrow. :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Your shots of stained glass are amongst the best I've seen, always well saturated with crystal clear clarity and sharpness. I'm amazed at how the highlights never seem to get "blown".

16 Dec 2010 4:39pm

@Curly: Thank you, Sir! It takes some post-processing though: starting with a perspective correction (you never get an optimal angle!), I sometimes have to do a white balancing, then add some sharpness as a last step. The better my point of view (and the light conditions) the less post processing.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning capture of this entire window. Beautiful colors and intricate details in the glass. Love the height here as well.

16 Dec 2010 10:02pm

@Steven: A good point of view is the key for shots like this. Thanks, Steven!

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

This has to be the closest thing to being there.

17 Dec 2010 1:56am

@JoeB: To be honest, this is even better. When you are standing on the ground with your bare eyes you only would have to choose between a bad point of view where you would come pretty close to the window, having a distorted view, and looking from a better view but unable to see all the details because you're too far away. Being there would mean to get an overall impression and to observe how all these windows, altars, the whole room fit together, building up a unique atmosphere. But for being able to dissect these treasures is only possible with a camera and some post-processing; only these tools allow the undimmed look at the details.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I'm still smirking at the thought of your tottering on a ladder in front of this ! That'll be the day ! Totally superb as always.

17 Dec 2010 1:30pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Hahaha, you bet! :-D

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Well...after reading your answer to JoeB's comment I only can blessed we are to have you here at Am3 with all your high quality shots and your everlating quest to do even better! No joke...I really mean it!

20 Dec 2010 1:41pm

@Japanalia: Many thanks, Gabriela, I much appreciate this! There are many windows, especially in Cologne Cathedral, which I'm still missing, there's still a lot of techniques to learn!

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

habe mir dein portfolio genauer angesehen und aufrichtiger respekt!
sind sensationelle aufnahmen dabei, du beweist immer wieder sehr viel gefühl für details und blickwinkel.
hab mir dieses rausgesucht, weil ich es besonders ansprechend (wie viele andere auch) gefunden habe, ist es doch verdammt schwer gerade in kirchen dir richtige belichtung zu erlangen.
großartige aufnahme!!!

14 Feb 2011 12:26pm

@klausZ: Besten Dank, Klaus! Die besondere Stimmung von Kirchen (und anderen Sakralbauten) versuche ich seit einigen Jahren aufzufangen. Mit diversen Korrekturen per Software kommt man auch recht weit - die Ergebnisse findest Du hier -, allerdings stelle ich fest, daß ich langsam an die Grenzen des Kleinbildformats gelangt bin; zumindest was die perspektiventreue Abbildung großer Gebäude und Innenräume angeht. Deshalb habe ich noch ein wenig Geld in analoges Equipment investiert, von dem ich mir v.a. eine bessere Detailzeichnung verspreche, die Ergebnisse gibt es dann demnächst hier. :-)


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