Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/30; 56mm (Canon SX10)

The Glass Blower still had two more things to do finish this glass pendant.  As you can see here, he added five dots to the side of the pendant and a glass fastener loop at the top so that chain or string could be used to hand the pendant.  (He told me the technical name of this piece but I forgot it!)

Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/400; 63.6mm (Canon SX10)

After watching the glass blower work for about 20 minutes and seeing him apply more and  more glass, but having no idea of how it would turn out, I was completely amazed to see this piece as he examined it in full sunlight.  He said that this piece was perfect and he was pleased that he would have to take no extra steps to cover up imperfections.  I just found the end result amazing!

Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/60; 100mm (Canon SX10)

This piece is really starting to shape up now… we can finally see it turning into an orb.

Here you can see how he shapes the glass into the orb shape:

ISO 80; f/5; 1/25; 73mm (Canon SX10 handheld)

Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/30; 59.2mm (Canon SX10)

After melting the red, he then started to put these points of gray on the glass piece.  Note that he is now using the upper flame which is more narrow or pointed.

Below you can see the pointed gray pieces starting to melt and blend with the rest of the glass piece:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/50; 100mm (Canon SX10 hand held)

I like this shot because you can see the glitter layer up in the middle of the glass piece.  You will understand what I mean by this when you see the finished product.

Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/80; 100mm (Canon SX10)

If you look at what he was doing in “Liquid,”  it seems that he is now applying the “liquid” glass to the original purple “glitter” glass.  I admit I am confused between last shot and this one… but I am showing them in the sequence that I took the images.

I like the way the glass and fire glow in this image.

Jan 172011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/80/ 100mm (Canon SX10)

Last Wednesday I went for a walk through the Tyson Wells exhibit for the Gem and Mineral Show.  I spent nearly a half hour at this booth as I watched this glass blower make a glass pendant.   I am going to tell the story through themes… and will end with a composition of all the photos together.

This first one is liquid… as you can see the heat is turning the glass into a liquid-like form.

Below is an image of the glass blower at this table with the initial slice of glass that he started with.

ISO 80;f/4; 1/40; 16mm (Canon SX10)

That purple piece of glass is the foundation of a “glitter” glass pendant, which you will see in the end.

Dec 082010

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ISO 80; f/3.2; 1/10; 7mm (Canon SX10, no tripod)  (Above photo is a cropped version of the first one posted… Deena had a good point about the left side of the image being distracting.)

On yesterday’s photo walk (yes, I actually went on one finally)… I was taking photos of different textures and colors in hopes of using them in future creative exercises with photoshop.  I thought this one had merit all on its own.  So much texture!

I first ran it through Topaz deJpeg and then through Topaz Adust – Photo Pop, with an adjustment to detail. back in Aperture, I increased the yellow hue.