Friday Lens Affair #61

 Stained Glass, Sainte Chapelle, Paris, France

This week I’m hosting a photograph of stained glass from Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Taken by Jo Karnaghan from Frugal First Class Travel Blog. I have chosen this picture, cos I’m a bit obsessed with stained glass. My very favourite ones are stained glass in Fraumunster – Church of Our Lady in Zurich, designed by Marc Chagall! As I spotted this one, I knew it will be the one I will feature on my Friday Lens Affair series! Do follow Jo on Twitter and Facebook. You will not regret that! :)

Picture Story: Sainte Chapelle, Paris

I love European architecture. It’s so different to our more modern Australian buildings.  One of my favourite places is Sainte Chapelle, the gorgeous little jewel of a Gothic chapel in Paris.

I’m definitely no photographer and had had my little point and shoot camera for two years but never really learned to use it properly. Recently in Paris I decided I was going to revisit Sainte Chapelle after a period of many years. Because it is a chapel and so small, it is much easier to take in the sumptuous Gothic details – and therefore to take photos.

I made sure to arrive early – before the crowds could ruin my view of the glorious painted panels, of course, the lovely stained glass windows that I had remembered so fondly from a previous visit.

Once inside, I was in heaven! I wandered around soaking in everything, every little detail of every little nook and cranny. Then it was time to get out the camera – click, click, click I went, quickly taking a series of photos. When I stopped to survey my handiwork I was so disappointed – instead of beautiful jewelled images in rich colours, mine were more pastel, Impressionist interpretations of what I was looking at. They were pretty, but not right.

I stared at my camera. There was nothing else for it – the time had come for me to learn how to use the damn thing! There had to be a way to alter the exposure, and I was going to find it….now!  I fiddled with one button – no that altered the flash (in a way I didn’t understand!), I fiddled with another, and all that did was change the display information on the screen. Third time lucky? Yes, finally, I found the exposure display.

I then proceeded to spend a lovely morning creating all sorts of images, working out what setting worked best. I even worked out that I needed to alter the exposure if more or less light was coming in through the window. Hell, I felt almost professional – and for the first time ever, I actually knew what I was doing!

Thank you Sainte Chapelle.  Not just for a wonderful visit to a very beautiful building, but for teaching me to use my camera – at last!

 

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15 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #61

  1. The Guy

    Great picture Jo and well worth figuring out to use that camera. I love the story behind the picture and also know how much you love Paris :-)

    You are making me more eager than ever. I’m about to buy a new camera and can’t wait to discover all the exciting new features :-)

  2. You can never know too much about your camera. I’ve had mine for years and been photographing since I was 8. With two little guys in tow I still find new settings that I didn’t have time to explore when I first got the camera after they were born. Churches really are a fabulous place to practice!
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    • I find churches very appealing for photographing as well, even though I’m not a very religious person, I like to visit them.
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  3. I really enjoyed Saint Chapelle, too. Like you, I just fiddle around with my point-and-shoot using trial and error to figure out what setting I should use. One of these days, I really need to sit down and learn how to use it when I’m not in the midst of sightseeing.
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  4. salma

    So pretty. New camera…new tricks.

  5. Ha, are you reading my mind when *I* fiddle with my camera? Too funny! This is how we learn, I guess. :) Let’s keep plugging away, shall we?
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  6. Catherine

    Such a beautiful photo; I’m quite a fan of stained glass windows too!
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  7. Phoebe (Short Road to Happy)

    What a beautiful photo of a beautiful stained glass window. It’s amazing how something like that can inspire so many! Great post!
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    • Thanks Phoebe, I love stained glass windows. My favourite ones are in Zurich in Fraumunster – Church of Our Lady, by Marc Chagall!
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  8. I just bought my first “real” camera too and am struggling with the settings– churches are great places to play around with them I think! Great colors!
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    • Yes, you lear your camera all the time, I have mine for a while and still discovering some mew tricks!
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