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This is the last of my shots from the desert, and while it's nowhere near as striking as the previous two, I really like this one. On the day we went, it was quite windy, and there was a lot of sand and dust in the air. A consequence of this is that the light was really odd – bright, but extremely diffuse. On a dull day in the UK, the light can be quite flat and uniform, but nothing like the light I experienced in the desert. Here, it seemed to hang in the air, as though it came from everywhere at once. It made shooting the wider landscapes of the previous two shots quite difficult, but for this sort of close-up it was wonderful.

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comment by jack borland at 07:57 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Nothing does it like 7UP -- nice shot.

comment by Si Goodchild at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

I see what you mean, it looks a bit like a studio shot.

comment by Richard Trim at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Global social trends prevail: The ubiquitous plastic drink's bottle... this time a legacy from Pepsico I think... and it is also an example of the human habit of discarding unwanted items where ever they are standing... or is it jetsam from the Gulf?
A tight DOF ... (I 'll get that one in before anyone else does!) Hope I've got the technical jargon correct. I nearly got fooled into thinking you were back on Blackpool beach ... then I saw the label.

comment by Peter Martin Jorgensen at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Cool shot man. The lighting sure does look studio-ish. The colors of the sand and sky are a bit unusual but they work so fine together.
Hmmm.... I think I'll go grab something to drink

comment by RD at 09:39 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Right of out of "The God's Must be Crazy". Why do we trash our planet like this?!

comment by Jimmy at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Even on the other side of the world, you can't get away from the 'junk on a beach' shots, eh? ;)

comment by Ryano at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

This is just awesome David! My fave shot of yours for a while! The clarity is fantastic and the DOF spot on! I love the contrast between the brown sand and the green bottle! wonderful!

comment by Meyli at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

The best since a long time! Congratulations :)

comment by spleen at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

beautiful! as all of your pics...

do you know this fotolog group?

some of the photos there recall me yours

comment by rambohoho at 12:33 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

hi, i like this one too! it's unreal, warm and delicious! I have a willingness to touch it. may I ask u about why u like to make shots of abandand things with an open background? I can't understand y, although I quite like this one.

comment by RD at 02:37 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Forgot to ask: how is it that it's sitting in the desert, yet the bottle doesn't have a grain of sand on it? It's so clean. Odd.

comment by Ash at 03:08 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Definitely quality over quantity with these desert shots Dave, I've enjoyed them very much.

comment by Zoxeo at 03:32 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

I really like how the Green contrasts the reddish brown sand color...lovely shot David

comment by P.J. at 04:20 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

I love seeing bottles from other countries and languages and how major brands look. This is a really cool shot. Well captured.

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comment by Alistair-Digiphotology at 06:47 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

You must be in your element with this all that sand to photograph. Don't the write their "P's" funny!

comment by riesenriel at 07:52 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Excellent... a 7-up in the desert. It's very welcome out there I think ;-)

comment by brad at 08:02 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

This is the coolest picture of a bottle I have ever seen

comment by Deepak Prakash at 09:22 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Lovely image. Apart from everything mentioned above, I also like the infinite effect that the blur on the horizon creates.

comment by Alice at 02:13 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Wonderful shot and fantastic lighting. I really like this shot.

comment by Rich at 02:41 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

As I observed when I went to the Sahara some years back; no-one can ever die of thirst in the desert these days - every few steps there's some bugger trying to sell you a Coke...

comment by Jennifer at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Weird light, or what! - looks so indoorsy :-)

comment by Suby at 06:28 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

I love the lighting in this shot, lovely capture as well.


comment by djn1 at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by Jimpur at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Simply.. WOW!

comment by Christian at 01:22 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2007

Looks nearly like a bottle swimming on the waves of a brown ocean...

comment by reza khalili at 03:43 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

this first photoblog that i see all of the shots.so nice .take care