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!