Of all the musical instruments we use in worship, the one which I personally enjoy the least is the pipe organ. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the amazing nature of the instrument. A proper pipe organ, after all, is calibrated to resonate specifically with the structure in which it is housed. When a pipe organ is played, in a very real sense, that musician is playing a building.
It simply isn’t my cup of tea 1.
When it comes to creating an image for something you hear, however, nothing quite beats a pipe organ. The organ housed in Central’s sanctuary is a modest affair. In fact, had I more time I might have headed to Center City and captured some images of the multi-story organ in the old Wanamaker building for this particularly part of my journey. But there is something about the pipes of any pipe organ which shouts, “We want to be heard!”
This image is a 6 second exposure, with its ISO set at 250 and the aperture at f.16. Narrowing the aperture broadened my depth of field and allowed for the longer exposure without washing everything out. The camera was set on a desktop tripod, on the console bench, allowing it to look up to the instrument. I enjoy the effect.
- I’m more of a piano person, though violins are up there as well. ↩