Chihuly Exhibit

For this post I headed off to the ROM to catch the Dale Chihuly blown glass exhibit (for a better look at his work, go to http://www.chihuly.com). I’ve been aware of his work for quite awhile now, enough that I made the Victoria and Albert museum in London a stop on my last trip as one of his chandeliers hangs in the main lobby. The exhibit is on until Jan 2, 2017 and I’d recommend catching it if you can.

All the exhibits are blown glass and are enormous in size. The details, colours and shapes are truly mind blowing. Taking pictures there however, proved to be quite the challenge. The room is incredibly dark, and there are track lights and light glare everywhere.

They had several of these Christmas tree shapes in various colours and this tree is probably about 7 feet tall.

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This full size canoe is the first exhibit that you come across. Most of the sculptures have a glass base so that their reflections become a part of the picture as well. I love the mix of colours and textures on the spheres in the boat. Some of the large ones were the size of gigantic medicine balls.

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The shapes of these sculptures are so varied, you forget they are made of glass. The textures and shapes really pull you in.

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Apparently Chihuly has also had a passion for using neon. This self lighting sculpture stood out from the rest, as as always the reflection adds depth.

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These bowls caught my eye. You can see how the colour transparency increases as the glass is pulled further and further apart to make the various sizes.

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The sculptures are mounted at many angles. This starburst hung from the ceiling.

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This undersea scene is enormous. It takes up an entire room by itself. The beauty of many of these sculptures is that they are set up so you can walk around the whole display and see each of the components up close.

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The next two pictures are sculptures that are part of the undersea scene. As you walk around, you fully comprehend the variety of shapes and colours that make up this one exhibit. You’ll wonder how he managed to make glass take on these shapes.

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Not only are there amazing colours, but there are also details buried within that you might miss unless you were taking your time. This white sculpture has a stingray and and an eel swimming through it:)

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The highlight of this exhibit is this room with glass in the ceiling. The warmth and colours pull you in and they’ve provided bean bags so that you can lie down and just look up.

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I have a weakness for red and birch trees so this sculpture that combined the red glass, trees and dramatic lighting was made for me!

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Hopefully these pics have made you want to learn more about Chihuly and his work. For those not interested in some of the technical aspects of prepping these pictures feel free to head out now and we’ll see you next time. For the rest, I present:

ADDED FEATURE: BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF POST PROCESSING

One of the great things you can do in post, is remove items that are a distraction in your pictures – things that pull the eye away from your target. The first step is always to try and do that when taking the picture, by moving around or changing the angle. However, with this exhibit there were things that I could not simply frame around. I wanted to give you a few examples of the edits in these pics.

Lights were a major issue with this exhibit. For this one, I was able to remove some track lighting and a fire sprinkler which simplified the picture.

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For this one, I removed a security camera in the top left corner, and the wall lines that were quite noticeable.

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Finally, I removed a whole bunch of track lights from this one. Although the lights remain reflected in the glass floor of the display, they were not a distraction there.

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As always, thanks for reading and we’ll see you next time! Not sure what the next project is so it will be a surprise to me too.

4 thoughts on “Chihuly Exhibit

  1. Well done CG. it is such a beautiful exhibit and you really did it justice. Love all of the pictures. The beanbag room was my favorite spot, along with the underwater sculptures. So proud of you.

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  2. All were beautiful, but the underwater scene was mesmerizing! My very favorite was the birch and red glass. I might try to capture the idea of the image with one of our old birch trees and some creative red lighting this Christmas! Carla, maybe you can come up with your camera?😉

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  3. Professor CG, as always inspiring and amazing given the lighting challenge. The nerd in me loves the BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF POST PROCESSING, I love to see what you have tweaked or removed to get the best shot. Keep them coming!

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