Photography 101: Glass

I’m still playing catch-up ball with some of the Photography 101 themes I missed last month.

Today’s make-up assignment is: Glass.  We’re supposed to incorporate a form of glass into our photograph and experiment with light source and unconventional surfaces.

I write a wine blog, so I have literally hundreds of wine glasses that I could photograph.  You think I’m kidding, but I’m not.  Hundreds.  But that seemed too predictable.  Also, wine glasses are a huge PITA to photograph.

I was feeling a little frustrated with this theme (and making it waaaay more difficult than it needed to be), until my daughter suggested I use her sea glass collection.  Eureka!  Sea glass is inherently an unconventional surface, right?

As it turns out, photographing sea glass isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  You just dump a pile on the table and snap away, right?  Nope.  Sea glass is beautiful and unique, but it has kind of a dull texture when its dry.  The pictures weren’t bad, they were just, well, dull.  So, I returned the sea glass to its natural state . . . wet.  And then I added an external fluorescent light to emphasize the tiny reflections in the glass.

DSC_2275-2My daughter and I have been collecting sea glass for years.  Whenever we’re near the sea, she and I spend hours scanning the beach for little treasures of color.  Her treasure is the glass; mine is the time we spend together collecting it.

Nikon D800
ISO 2500 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/125sec

I still have four more make-up themes, so you haven’t seen the last of me yet!



    1. SoCal is a tough one for sea glass and shells . . . no such thing as a deserted beach there! (My husband is from Orange County). I’d love to visit the Sea Glass Beach & Museum in CA, but that’s waaaaay up north . . . near Mendocino. Cheers!!


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