Star-spangled Bottles

This photo has been years in the making. I thought of the concept a few years ago, spent a few months buying Jones Soda so I could collect the bottles, then stored them in the garage for more than a year until I got the motivation to actually do it. This weeks CTE photo challenge was for the letter F, so I bring you FLAG.


Canon 60D | 1/40 | f 1.8 | ISO 400 | 50mm lens | AWB

I collected 45 bottles, pulled off the labels, then filled them with the appropriate colored water while arranging them in this layout.

I’m not sure I totally love how it turned out. My backdrop was a folded table cloth, so you can see the folds. My studio was my kitchen floor, so my lighting was tough. I didn’t want to have a shadow on the bottles, but I wanted the table cloth to be bright white. Trying to hold the tripod at an angle so it was directly over the bottles was another challenge. Here’s how the straight above photo eneded up.


Canon 60D | 2″5 | f 1.8 | ISO 100 | 50mm lens | White Balance: Tungsten Light

So which one do you like better? Any advice on making this better? I don’t want to hold on to the bottles forever, but I don’t want to have to try collecting them again. I have a few other variations I am thinking about doing with this concept, so we’ll see what happens.

Want to know something ironic about this photo? The bottles I used to make this American Flag is from a product made in Canada. Weird, eh?

~signed, Carltonaut

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