Shooting through glass — results

Here are the results from my exper­i­men­ta­tion with shoot­ing through glass. Basi­cally I went to a glass store and asked to buy scrap pieces of bro­ken glass. I was espe­cially look­ing for glass that had a bit of tex­ture in it. I looked through the glass with my eye and chose pieces that had just a bit of pat­tern and/or tex­ture. I bought about‚6 pieces of scrap glass for around 5 dol­lars. The pieces of glass that I bought were a bit too small in ret­ro­spect. I’d rec­om­mend the min­i­mum size to be 6 x‚8 inches (15.2 X 20.4 cm)

To shoot I put the cam­era on a tri­pod and placed dif­fer­ent pieces of glass between the lens and the fake flow­ers. Seems to me that the best shots were those where I placed the glass closer to the flow­ers than closer to the lens. I man­u­ally held the‚glass dur­ing the expo­sure, and I did this with­out using a cable release (which would have been handy). On some shots I focused on the flow­ers through the glass, and on other shots I just focused on the glass. The effects are quite painterly and I encour­age exper­i­men­ta­tion. Here are the results.

normal shot
Nor­mal shot

shooting through glass 1
Through tex­tured glass

shooting through glass 2
Through tex­tured glass

Photographing through glass
Through tex­tured glass

photographing through glass
Shot through amber glass with texture

Pieces of the actual glass that were used


  1. Sarah says:


    I plan on work­ing with glass in an upcom­ing project of mine. I was just won­der­ing where you got your glass..


  2. Sal says:

    Just came across your web­page here. I’ve been want­ing to shoot through glass for some time now. I do plan on going to a glass store to see what they have. Have you tried “stained glass?”.. that might cost more, but it could be a bet­ter solu­tion. No, I’ve not tried it yet, but I do plan to.
    I’f you’ve any­more info on shoot­ing thru glass, I’d love to hear about it.

  3. Alexatdnm says:

    Hello, my name is Alex, i’m a new­bie here. I really do like your resource and really inter­ested in things you dis­cuss here, also would like to enter your com­mu­nity, hope it is pos­si­ble:-) Cya around, best regards, Alex!

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