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Happiness In A Bottle...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 2 May 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.
~Mignon McLaughlin

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.
~Josh Billings

Here's a picture I made without any lighting. I shot it on the terrace of my flat. The only light source is a lighted billboard on the adjacent building to the right, about 15 meters away. The bokeh is created by the distant street lights.

NIKON D7000 1 second F/5.6 ISO 100 400 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very interesting and attractive realization. The light is very beautiful also.

2 May 2011 5:43am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

I love the colors,the light ,the transparency and the originality of the subject. Just by looking at this picture,I can feel happy.

2 May 2011 5:52am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

splendid bokeh effect and perfect use of light, really compliments Pavan

2 May 2011 6:05am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Oh! Subtle picture! The lights recall the contents of the bottle shape and color! Lemon ... very creative and sought after! Still working on that beautiful shade! For without shadow, light would not exist! Thank you for your comments so encouraging and comforting to me eventually, because I know they are sincere!

2 May 2011 6:20am

@Mathilde Collot: Thank you Mathilde and you are right, I would never leave an insincere comment on your work, more so because of the superlative quality of your creatively outstanding work:)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

"Some drink to remember, some drink to forget" - Eagles, Hotel California

2 May 2011 6:33am

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Un bel exercice de style pour cette belle création !! bravo pour ce travail et bonne semaine

2 May 2011 6:33am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Based on your description of the light source, Pavan, you can be very proud of this image. Bravo.

2 May 2011 7:09am



2 May 2011 7:11am

Kala from United States

Fantastic light and bokeh.

2 May 2011 7:17am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A fun filled image - cool bokeh effect.

2 May 2011 7:56am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful capture with those conditions. And judging by the perfect focus of the bottle, you hadn´t used it to much (the Absolut I mean)! :-)
Fine PR for Sweden!

2 May 2011 9:30am

missparis from PARIS, France

Superbe ! A boire avec modération

2 May 2011 9:36am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Nice composed pic.

2 May 2011 10:05am

FULGENT from la roche sur yon, France

hic ,hic nice picture ,good day

2 May 2011 10:57am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Beautiful work. I like it.

2 May 2011 11:15am

FOTO'S from Wołomin, Poland

Beautiful :)

2 May 2011 11:31am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love the colors and the light here Pavan... this is really well realized ! Have a lovely day :)

2 May 2011 11:45am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lemon slices are available from the sun or your flah:) Splendid achievement. Good day.

2 May 2011 12:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

cheers, pavan, with this terrific image!

2 May 2011 1:52pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Yes !! that's the favorite brand...great light effect.

2 May 2011 2:34pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

This a superb framing and a great bokeh ! Very beautiful !

2 May 2011 3:30pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

The usual well chosen quotes, and another very fine artistic image. I appreciated your explanation of the dynamics at play for this frame; thanks.

2 May 2011 3:35pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent lighting and the out of focus highlights add so much to this shot. Excellent work!

2 May 2011 3:38pm


Clever technical aspects which I always enjoy, and find fascinating and so effective here. A 400mm focal length and second long exposure have given incredible and stunning results with subtle lighting and crisp details. Likewise, the street lights and billboard have given such great illumination and bokeh, and the added fact that the lemon/citron is mirrored in the colour works brilliantly. I was just watching Tarrantino's Kill Bill Vol.1 again this afternoon, one of my favourite films for it's attention to detail and clever technical details from a director I greatly admire, so this is the perfect frame for me to view straight afterwoulds. You have that eye for the shot, and a deft and skillful touch with both lens and camera that always inspires me. Great work as always, Pavan.

2 May 2011 4:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is an ABSOLUT jewel of a photo, Pavan! The orange bokeh fit the subject perfectly. Brilliantly done!

2 May 2011 5:30pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

trés belle composition.

2 May 2011 5:39pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Un joli jeu de lumière et une très belle prise de vue !!

2 May 2011 6:00pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great idea to use the bokeh lights to refrain the 'citron'

2 May 2011 6:13pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Message in the bottle?

2 May 2011 6:42pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Great lighting and lovely bokeh effect. And two nice quotes ... Wonderful, Pavan ! :)

2 May 2011 10:22pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

What a beautiful and striking graphic shot. I love the design-y character of this composition.
Your light is glowing and superb.

2 May 2011 10:30pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

very good !!!!! I especially like, excellent colors, excellent everything. what else I can say. a kiss. Alejandra

2 May 2011 11:35pm

Phil Morris from Canada

What a incredibly wonderful quote to get the day going and how so amazingly wicked
the picture to go with it. It truly is amazing what lives we weave for ourselves even in
times of hardship, so hey, I can relate. I love the hazy background and the bottles writing
going dark as we read down the attributes of whats inside. This is brilliant imaging of
the finest vision, something I suppose you have to worry about when promoting your
superb movies that I still vow to see someday if I am blessed. I have been very busy of
late but it only takes a minute to see the time and love you have taken with this simple
but powerful vision of yours. The vision I might get from this is that I am drunk and I
see the night going awry on me as the lights go out and my vision is blurred but the
lilting words of the label are still instilled in me as I start to peel the label. Superb work
Pavan, you are the best and wonderful to see the little hints we see your mind working
as you instill so much into each and every photo.

2 May 2011 11:57pm

@Phil Morris: Thank you so very much for such kind words my friend:)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

This is very artistic and clever composition! I love the light and color in this! This is like in a magazine shot!!!!! Well done Pavan!

3 May 2011 12:29am

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Brilliant capture Pavan ! Love the colors and bokeh..

3 May 2011 2:32am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

excellent clarity and the bokeh is amazing too.

3 May 2011 3:20am

VigneshTG from chennai, India

Excellent lighting and lovely bokehs

3 May 2011 5:44am

k@ from Paris, France

What a fab work on light here, Pavan, the orange (Vodka orange to follow ? ;) is incredible & splendid, looks like a real ad and could be, no doubt, and of course i enjoy both your quotes. Absolut Human !

3 May 2011 6:26am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie lumière ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

3 May 2011 7:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is a superb quality image - advertising standards for sure !

3 May 2011 10:25am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

A composition very interesting and unusual. I like the colors.

3 May 2011 10:52am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent creation !!!!! great light and colors pavan , very original !!! i love !

3 May 2011 12:54pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Have to be frank, I don't enjoy drinking that much... however, your refreshing and exquisite depiction makes this such an exceptional appeal!:-) How amazingly and beautifully seen Pavan! Thanks for the treat! Cheers!

3 May 2011 1:21pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love photography ... the composition ... and editing! Very good and very healthy! A hug Pavan! Adela

3 May 2011 5:57pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Color, light and shadows that make up the picture nicely!...I like it!

3 May 2011 6:03pm

Antoine from France

Very interesting and superb photo. Have a great day Pavan.

3 May 2011 6:19pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice sharpness and a wonderful light !
friendships !

3 May 2011 6:41pm

Pomme from France

Une très belle réalisation :)

3 May 2011 8:20pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

great work! really well done!

3 May 2011 8:51pm

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the light, great composition.

3 May 2011 9:19pm

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, Switzerland

You're ready for a publicity work my dear !!!! Absolutely superb !!!

29 May 2011 8:50am

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