Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

September 14, 2012

Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

In English:

Here are some stained glass windows from my collection of Finnish churches.

En español:

Aquí hay algunas vitrales de las iglesias finlandesas de mi colección.

En francais:

Voici quelques vitraux d’églises finlandaises de ma collection.

Espoo - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Espoo – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Espoo - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Espoo – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Iisalmi - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Iisalmi – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Iisalmi - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Iisalmi – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Lapua - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Lapua – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loppi - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loppi – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loppi - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loppi – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Loviisa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Mikkeli – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Noormarkku – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Nurmo – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savitaipale - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savitaipale – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Savonlinna – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Sonkajärvi - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Sonkajärvi – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Turku - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Turku – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Turku - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Turku – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa - Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

Vantaa – Stained glass windows in Finnish churches / Vitrales de iglesias finlandesas / Vitraux des églises finlandaises

If You love this kind art, why not check how ordinary people made them on courses? / Si te gusta este tipo de arte, ¿por qué no comprobar cómo gente ordinaria los hizo en los cursos? / Si vous aimez ce genre d’art, pourquoi ne pas vérifier comment les gens ordinaires les a faits sur les cours?

Glass paintings 1 / Vitrales 1 / Vitraux 1

Glass paintings 2 / Vitrales 2 / Vitraux 2

65 Comments »

  1. They are magnificent! Your photos are excellent and I can imagine what those windows look like in their churches!

    Comment by montucky — September 14, 2012 @ 06:50 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I am very glad that You like my photos. The fact is that these are not so easy to photograph, or let’s that they are, but to present them in a way that the viewer can enjoy them and enjoy all the details.

      Thank You.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 06:56 | Reply

      • I have never tried to photograph anything like that, but I can understand. These are very good!

        Comment by montucky — September 14, 2012 @ 07:05 | Reply

  2. Thank you Matti! Beautiful photos of a difficult subject. I admire their simplicity and sincerity.
    English churches have some remarkable stained glass windows but their complexity and archaic designs make it difficult to understand the “Message”
    Thank you again for your high standards of photography,
    Clive and Adi

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — September 14, 2012 @ 08:56 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I did not mention that few photos I have photographed using my pocket camera from year 2006 (Panasonic DMC-LX1 having 8.3 megapixels). It is maybe the only pocket camera in which the size of photos can be changed easily, just switching. There are three photo sizes 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. Also, if sun is at right angle, it has great impact to the quality of stained glass windows.

      I wish to You both a very happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 10:53 | Reply

  3. These are beautiful windows and the colors are lovely. Thank you for sharing them here!

    Comment by megtraveling — September 14, 2012 @ 13:00 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraveling.

      I really glad that You like them. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 13:10 | Reply

  4. Wonderful photographs, stunning stained glass. Thank you. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

    Comment by lizziejoy10 — September 14, 2012 @ 13:16 | Reply

    • Hello Lizzie.

      Thank You very much visiting my blog. I am happy that You did like them.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 14:09 | Reply

  5. Thanks so much. I really enjoyed seeing these.

    Comment by TBM — September 14, 2012 @ 14:15 | Reply

    • Hi TBM.

      Thank You commenting this post. I appreciate Your words.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 14:17 | Reply

  6. These are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Comment by Connie Fowler — September 14, 2012 @ 14:40 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      I appreciate Your visit and comment very much and I am glad that my photos pleased You. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 14, 2012 @ 14:52 | Reply

  7. Hi Sartenada,

    I agree with everyone – great colors. As a child, I always enjoyed daydreaming while looking at the stained glass windows when I should have been paying attention. Did you use a tripod to shoot these? If not, what ISO were you using and did you need to use noise reduction software? Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Bondseye — September 14, 2012 @ 15:32 | Reply

    • Hi Lisa.

      Answers to Your questions. All the photos are shot without tripod. When I was in army, I was learnt to listen to hear my heart beats. So, it meant that I have to shoot rifle between two heart beats. Yet now I use this method when shooting photos in difficult circumstances. This may sound odd, but one can learn to hear and to sense one’s heart beats. What comes to ISO settings, I use 3200 when entering inside churches. I am not using any noise reduction. Thank You for Your question and for Your comment.

      Have a great week-end also!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 10:18 | Reply

  8. Matti, I could look at stained glass windows all day. These are stunning works of reflective art. I especially like the second one as I’ve never quite seen anything like it and there’s lots to consider in that window.

    Comment by Minnesota Prairie Roots — September 14, 2012 @ 15:54 | Reply

    • Hello Audrey.

      Thank You commenting my post. I appreciate very much. The second photo from the top is shot in the Cathedral of Espoo which is very near to Helsinki. The cathedral is from 1480. Near to Helsinki there is another gorgeous church in Lohja. This medieval church is “famous” from its paintings on wall. I have made a post from the church of Lohja. Here:

      Church of Lohja.

      Welcome to check its wall art and to leave Your comment. Someday I’ll publish also a post from the cathedral of Espoo.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 10:37 | Reply

  9. I really like stained glass windows. They are so beautiful and artistic. Yoru photos are great!

    Comment by Northern Narratives — September 14, 2012 @ 21:04 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      I am glad that You did like my photos. Thank You commenting.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 10:50 | Reply

  10. Gorgeously crafted!
    Don’t you think it would be better to insert your images in a gallery format? It takes forever to load and scroll down for some reason. You might want to reduce the size as well. Think about it🙂

    Comment by Madhu — September 14, 2012 @ 22:14 | Reply

    • Hi Madhu.

      Thank You for Your opinion and comment. I know the problem very well. Normally it is bypassed if I have long presentation text of the matter, which involves the post and this time my introduction was “abnormally” short. I am sorry, but I keep my blog and photos just in the way as I have started. For the future if You want to comment some special photo without calculating its number from the beginning or from the end, there is easier way to do so. Just move mouse pointer over a photo. Then there will be a small popup which tells the number of the photo including its name also. This is valid and has been valid for all of my posts.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:03 | Reply

  11. I’ve photographed stained glass, and it is not at all easy to get good shots that show what the colors really look like. I am very impressed with your photographs. They capture the beauty and details of each window so wonderfully. And the windows themselves are so gorgeous! This was such a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us, Matti!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — September 14, 2012 @ 23:13 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      I am very happy that You appreciated my photos and liked the post generally. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:05 | Reply

  12. Glass windows are so beautiful – because of the backlight coming through them. Nice post, Matti!

    Comment by Truels — September 15, 2012 @ 00:14 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      It is just the backlight which makes them beautiful. When photographing them one must be at right time at right place as it is generally speaking when shooting photos. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:08 | Reply

  13. You did a great job photographing these beautiful windows.

    I was curious about the window showing a ship whose sail had both a cross and a star of David. Is there a story behind this one?

    Comment by Deb Platt — September 15, 2012 @ 01:58 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      I am so sorry, but I cannot answer to Your question. What comes to some photos, there are three oddities between them. If You take a look at Mikkeli photos, then in them there is presented life in Mikkeli in its historic days. Especially the second Mikkeli photo is great example. For example there is at left side the father of written Finnish called Mikael Agricola. Then there is in the middle a castle called Vyborg Castle. This castle we lost to Russians in WW2. Later I am going to make three posts from the area of Karelia which lost to Russia in WW2 by presenting our trip to the house of my father-in-law. How it was after about 70 years it is interesting at least for us.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:23 | Reply

  14. Those are beautiful. You could make some very nice Christmas cards from some of those.

    Karen

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — September 15, 2012 @ 02:28 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Your idea is great indeed. Thank You for it. I am happy that You liked my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:26 | Reply

  15. They are so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos!

    Comment by alskamom — September 15, 2012 @ 05:30 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      I appreciate Your comment very much. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2012 @ 11:27 | Reply

  16. Quelle magnifique collection de vitraux ! Ils sont photographiés avec talent. J’ai beaucoup aimé l’expression de l’enfant dans l’église de Noormarkku et le travail considérable de celui de Savitaipale. Une belle rosace à l’air plus contemporain que les autres. J’aime ce genre d’art. Bon dimanche !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 16, 2012 @ 10:20 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      J’aime tes paroles d’or! Merci d’avoir faite le comentaire si gentil.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 16, 2012 @ 11:42 | Reply

  17. Beautiful photos. I love stained glass windows. I always wish I had one in my house.

    Comment by LBcruiseshipblogger — September 16, 2012 @ 20:51 | Reply

    • Hello LBcruiseshipblogger.

      Thank You for Your comment. I love them too and that’s why I shoot pictures from them. In our outdoor we have a very modest stained glass window, but beautiful, I think.

      Have a great beginning of the week!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 17, 2012 @ 06:34 | Reply

  18. I also love taking pictures of stained glass, and probably have a few in my collection, but I’m sure none are as beautiful as yours. Also, I definitely don’t have any Finnish stained glass pictures, so it is special to take a look at these. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — September 17, 2012 @ 05:50 | Reply

    • Hi Davinder.

      I am very happy that You liked my photos. Maybe someday we’ll see Your collection. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 17, 2012 @ 06:38 | Reply

  19. Fabulous designs and colors, Sartenada. They’d make a wonderful collection for a coloring book…which I would buy and be thrilled to color myself! 🙂

    Comment by Ginnie — September 17, 2012 @ 08:15 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      Thank You very much for Your kind and praising comment.

      Have a great beginning of the week!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 17, 2012 @ 11:10 | Reply

  20. Wonderful collection of Glass paintings.

    Comment by AnilCm — September 17, 2012 @ 11:35 | Reply

    • Hello AnilCm.

      I am happy that You did like them. Thank You for Your comment and visit.

      Have a lovely day.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 17, 2012 @ 11:57 | Reply

  21. Almost certainly the best collection of stained glass windows I have seen online. Fabulous!

    Comment by restlessjo — September 17, 2012 @ 15:58 | Reply

    • Hello Restlessjo.

      Oh, thank You for Your praising comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 19, 2012 @ 06:29 | Reply

  22. What a wonderful collection!

    Comment by Roberta — September 18, 2012 @ 04:36 | Reply

    • Hi Roberta.

      Thank You. I very happy that You enjoyed my collection.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 19, 2012 @ 06:35 | Reply

  23. I’m out of words. These are works of Art that inspires ones faith. Every frame tells a story of a spiritual journey. Beautiful photos. Have a blessed day my friend.

    Comment by island traveler — September 19, 2012 @ 17:30 | Reply

    • Hello Island Traveler.

      I am out of words when reading Your comment which praise these stained glass windows. Thank You.

      Have a happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 20, 2012 @ 06:28 | Reply

  24. I love the stained glass! I always take photos of stained glass as well when I visit churches. They are gorgeous!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — September 19, 2012 @ 18:12 | Reply

    • Hi Alisa.

      These are art in which one’s eye rests. I wish that You continue to shoot photos from them. Thank You commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 20, 2012 @ 06:31 | Reply

  25. ¡Tienes una colección muy bella! se ven todas preciosas!, Felicicades !!

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — September 26, 2012 @ 08:50 | Reply

    • Gracias, es un placer tener tus comentarios! A mi me gustan muchas cosas que se puede ver dentro de las iglesias.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 26, 2012 @ 13:58 | Reply

  26. I always admire the stained glasses every time I visited churches. They are colorful and when the sun has the lights on it made it more beautiful🙂
    Good job

    Comment by eithnevm — October 9, 2012 @ 01:17 | Reply

    • Hello Eithnevm.

      Yes indeed, on sunny days they are at their best. Inside churches and also outside on graveyards these are plenty of art / art pieces. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 9, 2012 @ 06:25 | Reply

  27. Thank you for your photos. I am a stained glass artist based in England with a Finnish mother. It was a real treat to see examples of my craft in my motherland. If you are interested to see the work of a half Finn in England then you may enjoy my portfolio site: http://www.petrianderson.com

    Kindest of Regards

    Petri Anderson AMGP

    Comment by Petri Anderson — January 2, 2013 @ 21:34 | Reply

    • Hello Petri.

      Thank You for Your lovely comment! Your visit was a great positive surprise. I am happy, that You, who are a real professional, commented these photos which I have taken from Finnish churches during my many trips around in Finland. I checked Your link and I have to say that every single one of Your art works is art – real art!

      Yet today in Finland many ordinary people love glass paintings and make them. If You did not take a look at them in my collections presenting them, then here are my two links:

      Glass paintings 1

      Glass paintings 2

      Maybe You might find some ideas for Your future works.

      Best regards. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2013 @ 08:27 | Reply

      • Thank you for the links Matti. It is great to see the craft alive and cherished. Is there an organization that Finnish glass artists belong to? We have the BSMGP here in England (British Society of Master Glass Painters). I would love to know more about the Finnish stained glass scene.

        Many thanks

        Petri

        Comment by Petri Anderson — January 3, 2013 @ 11:29 | Reply

        • Hi Petri.

          Thank You. Well it seemed that to find correct association is difficult. The only one which I found was this one in English:

          Crafts Associations in Finland.

          If You ask them, they might help, I hope so. Everyone speaks English, so there is no language problem.

          Matti.

          Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2013 @ 12:32 | Reply

  28. En effet : les meilleurs vitraux se trouvent dans les pays où la lumière est plus atténuée.

    Comment by Meridien — June 6, 2013 @ 21:47 | Reply

    • Salut Meridien.

      Merci beaucoup.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 7, 2013 @ 07:06 | Reply

  29. Thanks Matti
    Two weeks ago I sold my first stained glass window in Finland so there is now one more in your beautiful country. It is in a private home in Porvoo. It is the fifth image on the “domestic” page of my website. Really enjoyed your post.
    Petri

    Comment by Petri Anderson — June 7, 2013 @ 08:13 | Reply

    • Hi Petri.

      Thank You commenting and telling that one of Your master piece got home in Porvoo. Porvoo is one of my favorite towns in Finland and the distance from Helsinki is only 50 kilometers. Worth for a visit. I have also few posts from it and if You are interested in them, then Click Categories -> towns.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 7, 2013 @ 14:18 | Reply

      • Thanks Matti
        I enjoyed your Porvoo photos. It was good to see it in Winter. I have only seen Porvoo in Spring.

        Comment by Petri Anderson — June 7, 2013 @ 14:44 | Reply

        • Hi Petri.

          So nice, that You checked my Porvoo posts.

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — June 7, 2013 @ 14:55 | Reply


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