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How to Photograph a Bible Heart

I had another go at the Bible Heart picture but this time with a tripod to properly hold the flash so that I could get consistent lighting and a ring instead of a UV filter.

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This was my intial set up. I changed it a little bit later on but this is basically what it looked like.

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I used all manual settings to see where the shadow was going at first, and ended up using some really weird settings. I was at f/20 for aperture (which I never do) and you can see that basically everything is in focus. Haha.

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Ahh… Finally got the heart as I wanted it to look! The first picture is what the shadow looks like from above (obviously distorted); it’s that way because John 3:16 is more to the end of the Bible and the page heights are different. Then I had to play around with what angle to shoot from to get rid of the distortion. After I figured that out…it was time to change some settings and ring placement. I then reverted to f/2.8 so that I could pick and choose what was in focus.

Here’s an intial shot I took with the ring in focus. It doesn’t have much meaning to it though:

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Here’s one of the final pictures. I made the ring out of focus on purpose and then focused on the word “loved.”

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Then I really wanted a picture from that top view perspective so then I turned to the middle of the Bible and took another couple of pics.

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Here’s the one I chose for the final for that:

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This blog post was originally published here.


 
  • http://photoblog.com/twosome Joakim Bergquist

    well done!

  • http://davidpark.wordpress.com davidypark

    thanks for the comment :]

  • Tracy Seeger

    Wow, beautiful concept, great result.

  • revenant

    What an interesting experiment with fascinating and beautiful results. Thinking about this, I tried to find the centrefold (so to speak) in my King James and ended up reading a particularly servile and misogynistic psalm. Hardly the ideal setting for a wedding shot… I imagine care must also be taken not to use scripture which condones selling one's children into slavery, refers to women as property or makes same-sex relationships a sin. Luckily for photographers, many of these are towards the beginning and can't be used.

    http://www.photoblog.com/revenant

  • revenant

    What an interesting experiment with fascinating and beautiful results. Thinking about this, I tried to find the centrefold (so to speak) in my King James and ended up reading a particularly servile and misogynistic psalm. Hardly the ideal setting for a wedding shot… I imagine care must also be taken not to use scripture which condones selling one's children into slavery, refers to women as property or makes same-sex relationships a sin. Luckily for photographers, many of these are towards the beginning and can't be used.

    http://www.photoblog.com/revenant

  • Sarahrausch1

    I just loved this. I didnt use the traditional bible for my rings. I used my photography book and the subject of direction of light. I thought it was perfect!