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Dichroic and photography- An ideal path to frustration!

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Patchwork Glass Quilt

Today is one of those days I question my sanity for returning to fused dichroic glass while I’m waiting to get my torch area up and running. The cabochon, or at least a more rounded version of this one, was one of my best sellers in the Napa art gallery that represented me, as well as being one of my favorites. I felt it was a good design to revive and rework to more contemporary standards. Oh-my-gosh, am I ever wondering if that was a wise choice! Especially since, with my usual enthusiasm, I did an entire line based on this design before trying to photograph it.

You see, it is virtually impossible to photograph dichroic glass to appear as nicely as it does in person. When the dichroic layer is on the surface it is nearly doable depending on the lighting placement, however, I like this particular piece capped with a layer of optically pleasing thick clear glass. See that lighter line of black between the more distinct black lines? That is actually a shadow of one of those lines which gives you some idea how thick the clear glass is. Adding that thick layer of clear glass while very pleasing in person, makes it immensely more difficult to photograph.

It took me nearly an hour to get a picture I was somewhat happy with and that is just the first view of multiple views I am aiming for. It isn’t the colors that have me dismayed, I think it is the fact that I just can’t capture the depth and true texture of the piece. I truly want to sell these online but I can see I have a long road ahead of me struggling with the photos.

Any professional photographer want to earn a lifetime supply of home-baked cookies?

2 thoughts on “Dichroic and photography- An ideal path to frustration!

    • Thanks Lori! Years ago in the Sony Mavica days, I had some luck with photographing it underwater if you can believe it! I may have to resort to that again. It seems that I am a glutton for punishment by choosing the most difficult glasses to photograph to work in. First there was dichroic, then came boro which can also be a struggle to photograph. I truly have a touch of glass insanity. Whether the insanity came before or after I tried photographing it we may never know!