Readers Photo Challenge: Raise a glass

The subject for the June/July Readers Photo Challenge was “glass.” The difficulties for the assignment were twofold. First, photographing glass one has to deal with it’s physical qualities. Glass is often transparent so properly dealing with the background very important. It’s also shiny and one has to also look to eliminate unwanted reflections or incorporate picturesque reflections in the photo. The second obstacle was a creative one. Most glass objects are ones we find in our every day lives. A cup, a window of a soda bottle, are all mundane items which we can often overlook as subjects because we see them all the time. Part of the challenge was over come those biases and think creatively.

Sixty-one photos were sent in by nine readers. Here are some of the top examples.


Cynthia Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph her favorite glass cup at her home.

Cynthia Barker of Stockton took advantage of glass’ transparency. She turned her favorite juice glass onto its side and let the light shine though it and photographed it with an Apple iPhone 11. The specked colored glass poured onto the white gift wrap paper that the cup was sitting on and created a visual cacophony of color and squiggles of light. Barker left just enough of the cup in the photo to provide a point of reference to anchor one’s eye in reality in her otherwise abstract work of art.


Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph The U.S. Bank Tower building in downtown Sacramento.

Dave Skinner of Stockton photograph the U.S Bank building in downtown Sacramento. With his Nikon D7500 DSLR camera he captured the building’s geometric lines but slight imperfections in the it’s windows caused its reflections to warp. Those freeform reflections contrasted nicely with the rigid structure of the building.


Jessica Flores of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 11 to photograph the setting sun through a wine glass at Villa L’auberge hotel n Del Mar, California.

Jessica Flores of Stockton took her glass picture while on vacation in Del Mar, California near San Diego. At the end of a day, she placed a glass of wine on the balcony railing of the timeshare condo she stayed at and photographed it with an Apple iPhone 11. The setting sun Flores’ photo captures a spirit of rest and relaxation and putting your feet up and sighing “aah” after a long day.


Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to photograph a detail of a bird feeder at his home.

Steve Rapaport of Stockton turned a simple glass hummingbird feeder in his backyard into and abstract work of art. With a Canon 5D Mk IV DSLR camera he photographer a detail of the fluted, red glass stem of the feeder. The class looks like it could be a high speed shot of some colored water or molten glass as it ports downward. The “bokeh,” or out-of-focus round highlights in the background provide a nice touch to his image.


Keith Barker of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph glass marbles in a fountain in his yard.

Cynthia Barker’s husband Keith sent in a picture of his own. He arranged a few glass marbles from his marble collection into a water fountain in his yard. With an Apple iPhone XR he captured the hard spherical geometry of the marbles which contrasted nicely with the free-form amorphousness of the burbling water.


Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera to photograph a glass plate ghat she added some food coloring to at her home.

Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon Rebel XS DSLR camera to photograph a glass platter she usually serves deviled eggs on. She poured some food coloring into some sections of the dish and photographed it from beneath. The resulting image is a wonderful abstract montage of color and pattern.


All of the photos can be seen in an online gallery at A new challenge assignment will be issued on July 21.

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