Readers Photo Challenge: As smooth as glass

This months assignment was “glass.” Even in this is the age of plastics, glass is still used widely. Items made of glass can be functional or decorative. They can range from windows to ornamental snow globes and beyond.

Here are some of the best examples of the 45 photos that 15 readers sent in.

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Teresa Mahnken of Morada used simple lighting to illuminate glass chess pieces at her home. Shooting with a Nikon Nikon D7200 DSLR camera, she set up the pieces on a table and lit them with a single lamp set behind and off to the side. The dark background helps to make the clear and frosted pieces stand out.

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Paul Yang of Stockton took a different approach to lighting his glass items. He sent up a tableau of a vase, a glass aquarium and some bottles at his home. Yang then used a computer desk lamp, a portable mechanic’s lamp, and a few old cell phone flashlights along with an LED light strip. The lights were placed above and below as well as to each side. All this helped everything to pop out against the black background. Yang photograph the scene with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera.

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Susan Scott of Stockton put a star-shaped candy dish outside in her backyard. She filled it about halfway with water and let sunshine light it. She photographed it with a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera and captured the light refracting through the water and glass, creating interesting patterns in the dish’s shadow.

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Stephen Hey of Stockton went to work at his business Pro-Tech Smog on El Dorado Street in Stockton when he noticed a hole in the window of a neighboring vacant business which he photographed with his Samsung G7 smartphone. The incongruity of the broken glass not only makes it stand out against the uniformity of the remaining glass and other windows, but also makes one wonder about its context. Was it made by a rock, pellet or bullet? Was it done intentionally or was it an accident? Hey converted the image to black and white which also lends an air of mystery to the photo as well.

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Carrie Walker of Stockton also found beauty in the damaged and discarded. While out for a walk in her neighborhood she caught a glimpse of a small glass shard on the ground. With and Apple iPad she photograph the piece of clear broken glass which looked diamond-like as it stood out against the darker asphalt of the street.

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Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera to photograph the sunset reflecting off the windows of his home. Each pane of the 3 windows captured a slightly different aspect of the sunset.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 Plus to photograph artist Tony Ramirez working on making a stained glass window at his Ram Studios in Stockton. Rapaport’s photo is what’s known as an environmental portrait and not only captures Ramirez, but some of his works and his surrounding workspace as well.

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All of the photos can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued on October 2.

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