Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Bottles

The use of glass bottles goes back millennia. Archeologists having been digging up old glass forever. I felt like one of then as I was rummaging through my photo archives recently. Back in 2009 I had visited Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia and gotten over a hundred photos. Three of then show old bottles in a display case. Here they are as they came out of the camera, full frame and without any post-processing.

Savannah 074-800

Savannah 075-800

Savannah 076-800

As you can see, the first two are a rather bland, the right end bottle in the first, and the left end bottle in the second photo lean unpleasantly. Neither photo shows good composition. The third photo has more colorful bottles, but they really are grouped with too much space between the pairs. This third photo, however, made the cut for further processing and the other two images sank into the depths of my archives.

Indeed the “painterly” processing, and especially moving the bottles closer, made this a nice image. Back in September of 2011 it became part of my first “café art” collection, introducing that term in my post Café Art. It even made it to the cover of my first “café art” booklet on Shutterfly.


One little thing in the image kept bothering me, that front edge of the glass shelf at the bottom, mostly at the left of the picture. So when I had a bit of idle time on my hand I revisited the image. Here is my more recent effort. The bottles are not moved together as closely to maintain a wider aspect ratio. The image is less “posterized” looking.

Old Bottles

But back to my archeological dig. Microsoft recently updated Image Composite Editor and when I saw those to old neglected exposures the idea occurred to me that stitched together the resulting composition would be quite nice, especially with some perspective correction so the leaning bottles would not be a distraction.

The resulting image turned out better than I expected.

In fact, I liked it enough to add it to my portfolio at Fine Art America. Why yes, that does give you a chance to add a genuine Ludwig to your art collection Winking smile.


© 2015 Ludwig Keck


  1. Fun with bottles, Ludwig, which goes to show that museum visits can yield some fun projects.

  2. Indeed museums are fun places. Many are not photo-friendly. But those are also the ones that make you feel uncomfortable when you are enjoying yourself.