Karl Leck  

Time in a Bottle by Karl Leck

August 2022 - Time in a Bottle

August 2022 - Karl Leck


August 2022 - Karl Leck

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August 2022 - Karl Leck

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About the Image(s)

Since my birthday is in August and I am preparing for a September print exhibit on the theme 'Song Titles', my August offering is 'Time in a Bottle'. This is a three image composite made from a studio image of an Annie's salad dressing bottle against a diffraction wrapping paper, a wristwatch face, and incense smoke. The watch face was warped to fit the bottle shape and many small adjustments made on layers in PS Elements to make it look like one photo. Finally, the image was squashed a bit to make it fit PSA's ridiculous horizontal favoring (1024x768px) format. Otherwise, a lot of the image's fine detail would be lost in a very skinny picture.

7 comments posted

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
So creative - and I think so well done, I am stuck by the care you have put into selecting and combining the elements to realize this "concept".
I do think it is great - I have couple of thoughts. First I love the color and chaos of the background but I would reduce its saturation to leave a little more room for the main subject. Second, the table top looked to me like a canvas wanting to join the party ...   Posted: 08/01/2022 10:10:53
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Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Gerald, I like the idea of a reflection. Thank you for the suggestions. They will help me improve the image before the Song Title exhibit. Karl   Posted: 08/01/2022 13:08:42

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Very creative. This makes me think that the genie of time has been let out of the bottle and can never be put back--that is, our ageing and limited life-span is inevitable.   Posted: 08/09/2022 21:19:40

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Karl, this is absolutely marvelous! The technical aspects of the compositing are amazing. The purple smoke is a treat for my pareidolia (thank you for introducing us to this term). The reflections along the edge of the bottle suggest static electric energy-induced luminescence. The background suggests the entropy of the Universe. A critical attribute of Life has been identified as the ability to maintain structure in the face of the natural tendency of the Universe towards entropy. Could the Purple Creature be Life peering in horror from the transient bottle of its time into the chaos that is its ultimate fate?
  Posted: 08/12/2022 11:56:41
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
The bottle edge lighting was done using two strips of LED lights. One had a yellow gel and the other a blue gel. Strip lights at the sides are often used in photographing glassware to outline and define the shape. Karl   Posted: 08/12/2022 19:24:36

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
OK, so what is a Song Title Exhibit??...You have created a lovely pun with your art. A picky thing is I would work on taking the "Annies" logo off the bottle...unless that is the name of your love.

"If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day 'til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you…"   Posted: 08/12/2022 17:40:13
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Our Senior Center photo group will hang an exhibit in September with the theme of songs made visual. While Annie isn't in the song explicitly, she could be the object of the song. While I never had a girlfriend named Annie, there was a girl in college who modeled for me from which I made my first color prints via a painstaking tray development process. It took two entire days to make the first print. I have fond memories of Annie who I knew for only a few weeks. I think I'll keep the name in the image. Karl   Posted: 08/12/2022 19:32:36


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