Phoneography Challenge: Macro – A Bottle of Bubbly

Who can resist a nice bottle of bubbly known as Italian spumante, the Bel Paese’s effervescent answer to French champagne. Uncork, pour and enjoy a taste of la dolce vita.

For more examples of macro phoneography — this week’s Monday Phoneography Challenge — visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally, Polly’s Watching The Photo Reels Go Round and Round and Gracie’s Frames and Focus.

And, if you sometime shoot with an i-thingie, join in the fun. There’s a rotating new phoneography challenge each and every Monday, rain or shine.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


    1. Meredith — I always have a bottle or two of sparkling in the ice-a-box, mostly Prosecco, but occasionally spumante, too. I’m still scratching my head on how I received this bottle. I’ll drink it and toast the Anonymous Venetian I guess. I’ll bet it goes really well with gorgonzola dolce on fresh, crunchy artisan Italian bread. Coming over? 🙂


    1. Thanks Beth. The iPhone5 works pretty well as a “real” camera substitute when you don’t want to pack all the gear. Glad you like this series. Btw, this was not an endorsement for Berlucchi spumante. 🙂


      1. Forgot to ask, how did you light these shots? Lighting glass and bottles can be tricky because of reflections. I believe your background is in photography. Any “light” you can shed is appreciated.


      2. Beth — I just used the natural light that came in through the window to the object’s right, and kept moving the camera to rid shadows and over light. Ran all the photos through sepia enhancement and did a bit of sharpening. That’s about it.


      1. Me, 2! It doesn’t surprise me that Prosecco might be hard to find in France. The Italian bubbly is giving Champagne fits on the global marketplace, and I’m sure the “fair market” in France might be a bit biased against all wines attempting to “invade” from the Bel Paese. Prosecco is the preferred aperitivo in my neck of the woods. Cin cin!


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