Glass Masterpiece

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Glass Masterpiece

Uploaded: July 27, 2007


f7.1, 1/60, ISO 400, 18 - 55 mm zoom, Belmont, NC.
This was taken at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens inside the Conservatory. This is the Stained glass dome ceiling inside the conservatory. It's 104 years old.
The ceiling is 25ft high from the base of the dome & nearly 50 ft wide.
There are 16 panels in the ceiling & over 2 million pieces of glass that make up the design. It took 25 glass craftsman 2 years to complete. There are 4 panels that represent the 4 gospels, one with an Eagle, one with a Lion, one with a Bull & one with an Angel. After the ceiling was constructed they welded it together as one piece & it took over 100 men to lift it into place with ropes & pulleys.


Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Marcie Fowler

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member since: 10/17/2003 Still love it!! Glad you submitted it again.
7/27/2007 5:51:50 AM

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member since: 3/4/2004 Thanks Marcie! I did a few minor tweaks to the saturation & brightened it up a tiny bit. :)
7/27/2007 5:53:57 AM

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member since: 4/28/2004 Beautiful. :O)
7/27/2007 5:57:16 AM

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member since: 3/22/2004 Super EOD I have to compete again it. Darn!
7/27/2007 6:06:23 AM

Autum Rhoades

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member since: 4/1/2005 Michelle, the intricate design is fantastic and you captured it so nicely!
7/27/2007 6:21:37 AM

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member since: 3/4/2004 Thank you very much Doc, Les & Autum!
7/27/2007 6:29:12 AM

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member since: 7/4/2006 This is absolutely gorgeous Michelle! Love the colors, pattern, POV and lighting. Super shot!
7/27/2007 6:41:08 AM

Cesar J. La Rosa

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member since: 8/27/2004 Beautiful photograph, Michelle!!! Love the composition and the wonderful colors and lighting. Great work!!!
7/27/2007 6:44:05 AM

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member since: 12/27/2005 Very nicely done, Michelle! Well composed and exposed!
7/27/2007 6:52:03 AM

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Jillian Danielson

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member since: 4/24/2007 Wow,Michelle!!! This is so awesome!
7/27/2007 6:54:33 AM

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member since: 7/7/2004 Wonderful shot.
7/27/2007 7:04:14 AM

Rob Martin

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member since: 3/17/2005 Excellent compositon Michelle. An amazing capture...but..and yes here it comes. It is time for me, the critique the Master, you.
This is not your fault cause you didn't build this obviously, but those dark parallel lines dead in the center of the photo need to go, they're annoying to the eye got such a perfect capture. Work your PS magic....She's gonna kick my butt! ha ha
7/27/2007 8:56:59 AM

Michelle R. Kovach

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member since: 3/4/2004 Thank you very much Katarina, Cesar, John, Jillian, Tonya & Rob!
LOL Rob, it's actually part of the structure bracing on the outside of the building. Suspension wires at the top of the dome. I didn't even notice them until you said something. :)
I'll see what I can do.
Thanks everyone!
7/27/2007 9:10:09 AM

Nikki A. McDonald

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member since: 11/6/2006 Beautiful color and design elements here, Michelle. Looking up really can pay off :)
7/27/2007 9:47:56 AM

Pat Gamwell

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member since: 9/14/2005 Awesome structure shot by an awesome photographer! Truly appreciate the narrative...puts a whole new appreciation for this magnificent beauty!
7/27/2007 9:49:51 AM

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member since: 3/4/2004 Thank you Nikki & Pat!

Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Rob, You'll be happy to know I took out the lines & fixed a couple of other boo boo's I noticed after I blew it up to pixel size. :)
Thanks! #4568243

Pat Gamwell July 27, 2007

Really like the re-work, Michelle! Much improved! #4568311

Datha Y. Thompson July 27, 2007

BEAUTIFUL!!!! :0) #4568338

Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Thank you very much Pat & Datha! #4568356

Rob Martin July 27, 2007

No problem hun, just returning the favor. Looks 100% excellent now. #4568383

Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Thanks so much Rob! I do appreciate it! :)

Jay Valle July 27, 2007

Awesome Michelle! #4568723

Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Thank you very much Jay! :) #4568747

Sherry L. Davis July 27, 2007

Wow, Michelle, this is great! #4569272

Candice C. Calhoun level-deluxe July 27, 2007

Beautiful photo of this stunning subject!

ccc #4569275

Michelle R. Kovach July 27, 2007

Thank you very much Sherry & Candice! #4569427

Janine Russell level-deluxe July 29, 2007

Michelle, great colors, clarity and lighting. #4576429

Michelle R. Kovach July 30, 2007

Thank you Janine! #4577502

Ronald F. Fischer July 30, 2007

Stunning! #4578594

Michelle R. Kovach July 30, 2007

Thank you Ron! #4579226

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