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

1 Comment

Naomi KNIGHT

about 1 year ago

I love the picture . its absolutely beautiful amd goes perfect with a "My cup Runneth Over" tea party that we are hostng. May you give me permision and applicable photo fee, as we would like to use the image for a flyer. You'd captured it what i was imagining! Thanks

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