My cup runneth over

My cup runneth over

‘My cup runneth over’ was a little afternoon photography project for my mother-in-law, and I’m really happy with the results. She was looking for a picture with a bible quote overlaid to sit in the kitchen, and after a little while googling wasn’t happy with anything she found, so asked if I could create a shot for her.

From the Bible, Psalms 23:5 (King James Version):

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

The phrase has several interpretations but he meaning we’re going for is “I have more than enough for my needs” and the image often used to illustrate the quote is an overflowing cup.

The plan for the shot was to use a a teacup and teapot, with hot tea pouring from the spout. Using our patio table, a balcony plant pot with ivy, and few purple tulips (pulling in a colour from the mother-in-law’s kitchen) and to capture the tea pouring from the spout into the cup.

We experimented with both hot tea and cold tea but found that the heat wasn’t adding anything to the picture and extended the reset time. To get a full ‘flow rate’ coming out of the teapot it needed to be at good angle and very full. Resetting between shots was straight forward, the same tea was re-used and a quick wipe up of the pot and teacup.

I’m really pleased with the outcome! Nice to work to someone else’s brief and create an image.

Cup photo setup

Cup photo setup

Gallery: A dramatic East London sky

Timelapse: Stop EDL protest in Atlab Ali Park

Timelapse filmed from our balcony overlooking Atlab Ali Park in East London using a GoPro.

Getting calls from 0800 408 9340?

Getting calls from 0800 408 9340?

So looking at my google analytics stats it seems the top keywoard people are searching for before landing on my blog is 0800 408 9340.

If you’re one of the people who’ve just goggled it and wondered why you’re looking at my website, hopefully this post will help explain.

A while ago I received a call from 0800 408 9340 asking if I would like to upgrade my Virgin Media service, with a fantastic offer that seemed a little too good to be true, so being cautious of these kinds of cold calls I decided not to take them up on the offer.

After the call I posted a tweet to @VirginMedia asking if it was genuinely their number.

And here’s my the response I got

So it seems to be a genuine Virgin Media number.

My blog lists my latest tweets over there on the right, so while the above tweet was still in my feed, seems google indexed my blog.