My father recently returned from a cruise around the Med' on the Queen Mary 2, described as "... the world's largest, longest, tallest, grandest ocean liner ever!", and he brought me this bottle of whisky back from his trip. All of which is my excuse for entering this shot for this week's Photo Friday challenge – Journey.

This is one of around 50 shots I've taken of this bottle, and while it isn't quite what I was after it's the best I could come up with. I often find that attempting pseudo-studio shots is quite frustrating, not least because there's absolutely no excuse for not lighting them properly. This one though uses natural light, with the light from a nearby window coming through the bottle. While it looks as though it might have a rather odd, blurry label, it actually has a clear section at the front, through which you can see the design printed on the back – a scene that shows Big Ben, the Queen Mary, and (not visible in this shot) the Statue of Liberty.

And while I'm really reluctant to do this, especially after posting an image a day for a little over four months, I'm going to take a few days off, maybe a bit longer. As I mentioned yesterday, we're moving house in just under two weeks, and there are a lot of things we need to do as we make our journey from here to our new home. I had hoped to get ahead of myself and have enough stuff to put up during this period, but it didn't work out. So, for the next week or so, other things will have to come first. If I do manage to take some decent shots I'll try to find time to put them up, but I suspect that chromasia may well be lacking in updates over the next few weeks.

And thanks – during the last four months chromasia has gone from relative anonymity to being the most popular blog at photoblogs.org, from having a handful of visitors each week to routinely having 1500-2000 visitors a day, and I'm still quite amazed and delighted by its success. So stay tuned, and normal service will definitely be resumed by the end of this month.

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Canon G5
9.51am on 10/6/04
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1/40
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50
28.8mm
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perspective corrected
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