Thy Word is Light
In terms of photography, last month was very productive. Though I went on more ventures than usual considering the beauty and variety of subject matter at this time of year, I wasn’t confined to taking pictures outside only. This image was taken in my room late on Thursday night, approximately ten minutes before midnight, to be exact!
The purpose behind setting up and shooting this composition was to use in a new book being published by IBLP. A very similar stock image was going to be used, so I jumped at any chance of replacing it with a picture of my own. The deadline for submitting images for this publication was Friday morning; thus, the reason for staying up so late.
To set up the composition, I chose the biggest Bible I could find and a relatively thick candle with textured wax along the sides. By itself, the candle looked too tall, so I used another book to raise the Bible up. Then I stuck two hair spray bottles under each side of the open Bible to create that curved look of an old, open book. As for lighting, I was in a pickle because I didn’t have a tripod. Therefore I resorted to bouncing an external flash off the wall to the right for my main light and used two lamps on the left to act as fill light. The final exposure was: ISO 200 (to keep the quality high), shutter-speed 1/100 sec (to keep it sharp), and aperture f/11 (to keep the candle flame from becoming a blob of light). It took about six or seven tries to get it right, but the final result is well worth the effort.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! . . . Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:103-106).