Thursday, February 10, 2005

On Assignment: Franklin, North Carolina-Day Two

"Old Glass" by Wes Aldridge

This shot was taken in the historic Methodist church in downtown Franklin, NC. The stained glass has been in the church since it was built, sometime over 100 years ago. It survived through a renovation and addition of a new sanctuary. In the new part, the stained glass seemed to be crafted in a similar manner as to mimic the original, old glass.

It was another shot that I couldn't pass up. I was walking through the building admiring the craftmanship and beauty of the glass when a little old lady walked up to me. She asked the usual question: "Who are you taking pictures for?" We spoke candidly for a few minutes and then she told me about the old glass in the old sanctuary and the new glass in the building addition. I'm glad she stopped and talked or I would have skipped over the old glass and thought it none different from the newer. I felt like it was my duty to shoot the old glass because nature had allowed it to stay beautiful for all of these years.

The settings that I used were for a backlit situation: ISO 100 handheld at 1/80th of a second at f/2.8. The sun was beaming brilliantly into the window, as if it were asking me to take the shot and share a piece of its history. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction to snap this frame, and I hope it gives you some satisfaction to share it with me.