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matthew
02-10-2008, 01:55 PM
Remember: Cool glass looks just the same as hot glass.
- Chemistry Lab Safety Rule

For this assignment, I'd like us to look at a specific subject: the humble bottle. They can be glass, plastic, or ceramic; clear, opaque or translucent; full, empty, or somewhere in between. They can be artisan-blown designs, or they can be wind-blown litter. But for all of their practical uses, bottles also cary a lot of meaning and significance. They might contain fine wine, with the promise of a gourmet dinner with friends at a luxurious restaurant, or perhaps a romantic evening at home. It may be for alcohol more potent and less prestigious, a bottle found in the gutter with all of the despair and comfort that it brings. You may be content to photograph the vessel itself, or you can look within to photograph what a bottle can mean.

Take a new look at this common object and create some unique photographs.

greslizzz
02-12-2008, 12:23 PM
Maybe too much out of the bottle :)
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/6943027-lg.jpg

matthew
02-13-2008, 05:47 PM
That's a remarkably disturbing photograph, I'm impressed. I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at - elephant foot meets squid? Very interesting.


I went through the kitchen this afternoon. To keep the workload down, I was pretty strict on the definition of "bottle" and skipped a couple of jars and spice containers. I kept the lighting and technique pretty simple, but plan on branching out more in the next week.

My favourite of the straightforward shots:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/254207915_aSHWC-L.jpg

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/254207955_D5HgM-L.jpg

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/254207923_T5Ue2-L.jpg

But my favourite and biggest challenge was a dark glass bottle of olive oil. I needed to really boost the flash power, and switched to manual focus, and adjust all kinds of reflectors and black cards... but I do like the results.

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/254207930_YtM7D-L.jpg

This is also my first time using my smugmug account, so please let me know if there are any problems with the images.

greslizzz
02-13-2008, 11:41 PM
My favourite is the last one, nice lighting with a minimalistic approach.
Thanks for your comments, my bottle is an old 20l bottle probably oil (I'm not sure) we found in my wife parents' house... the elephant saw it also and drank all the light inside , or I just used my laser light to iluminate its face? ;)
Please take a look to Mr. Leszek Kobusinski, he is amazing with glass http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6938833

matthew
02-14-2008, 07:27 AM
Okay, I'm seeing it now. Thanks.

And thanks for the link. I suspect that there might be some photoshop work involved, but I'm gaining a new appreciation for just how hard the basic exposures can be.

tovstiadi
02-14-2008, 03:00 PM
Not sure everyone can post here - erase me if I am trespassing - but here's my take on the bottle theme -

http://kt.mikt.net/ph/images/20070903001947_sunrise.jpg

matthew
02-14-2008, 04:06 PM
Everyone's welcome to post here, and good thing, too! I'd hate to miss out on a photo like that one. Very nice, and a great addition to the theme.

matthew
02-16-2008, 03:04 PM
Bottles in their natural environment. It reminds me of the line from Fight Club: "a fridge full of condiments and no food." (The fridge was actually quite full, which made it a hard place to fit my flash and CTO gel. There's a second flash to light the side of the door.)

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/255128024_PFtgM-L.jpg

snaarman
02-17-2008, 07:24 AM
Ahhh, a bottle of Ruddles in its natural condition: Empty :smile:

Pete

greslizzz
02-17-2008, 01:45 PM
Another idea, the bottle "telescope" :)
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/6962019-lg.jpg

shrinkpictures
02-18-2008, 01:09 AM
I remember when the bottle was more than half full. Now the bottles lie empty and I am more than half full.

Title: After the Party.

http://photoblog.shrinkpictures.com/images/20080218030636_lr0004_e3_bottle_2189372_2.jpg

Some great posts so far here.

I was at a bit of a loss for something suitable until it came time to clean up after a party on the weekend.

BDTROUT
02-19-2008, 06:18 PM
COOL on the outside, but HOT on the inside
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/BDT/P2192461em.jpg

tcheramie
02-21-2008, 10:55 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2348/2268707051_bfb0f78699_b.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2348/2268707051_bfb0f78699_b.jpg)

matthew
02-24-2008, 07:13 PM
tcheramie, welcome to the forum. It's a great photo for this assignment -- something I would never have expected to see, too. The crop puts the attention exactly on the true subject.

All I have is another bottle in its natural environment. I still haven't been able to do anything creative for this assignment, so this is basically a rushed record shot taken with the 7-14. I mostly took it because I've never seen a beer bottle this big before.

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/258422838_nxhDd-M.jpg

Knight Palm
02-25-2008, 01:03 AM
Remember: Cool glass looks just the same as hot glass.
- Chemistry Lab Safety Rule

For this assignment, I'd like us to look at a specific subject: the humble bottle. They can be glass, plastic, or ceramic; clear, opaque or translucent; full, empty, or somewhere in between. They can be artisan-blown designs, or they can be wind-blown litter. But for all of their practical uses, bottles also cary a lot of meaning and significance. They might contain fine wine, with the promise of a gourmet dinner with friends at a luxurious restaurant, or perhaps a romantic evening at home. It may be for alcohol more potent and less prestigious, a bottle found in the gutter with all of the despair and comfort that it brings. You may be content to photograph the vessel itself, or you can look within to photograph what a bottle can mean.

Take a new look at this common object and create some unique photographs.

Experimenting in bright Scandinavian summer sunset light, using the ZD11-22mm on the E-300.

Ref:
http://www.myfourthirds.com/document.php?id=12193
<TABLE class=infotable><TBODY><TR><TH>Camera: </TH><TD>Olympus E-300</TD></TR><TR><TH>Lens: </TH><TD>Olympus 11-22mm f2.8/3.5</TD></TR><TR><TH>Lens Adapter: </TH><TD>None</TD></TR><TR><TH>ISO: </TH><TD>100</TD></TR><TR><TH>Aperture: </TH><TD>F11</TD></TR><TR><TH>Shutter Speed: </TH><TD>1/3200</TD></TR><TR><TH>Focal Length: </TH><TD>22mm</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

http://www.myfourthirds.com/files/1080/1P6131495-hf3.jpg

Luke
03-01-2008, 07:13 AM
One can discuss about the reflections and they can be avoided.
I decided to keep them to give something to wonder about ;).

Luc

http://www.elfot.net/assignments/bottles01.jpg

er1kksen
03-02-2008, 08:35 AM
The light produced some interesting contrast of shapes:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/2304076921_685a8b4fb9.jpg
These were shot while holding an OM 50mm 1.8 (japan) in front of the camera, I really need to get that adaptor soon...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2268/2304076943_aea75c307c.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2413/2304076949_4d0279db38.jpg