Recycle Bottles and Cans AD (HDR)

An ad I made for photo class about recycling.

(Yes I did dump a whole bunch of cans on my front lawn)


This is and HDR with 14 exposures at f5.6 (14 probably wasn't necessary, but I was bored)


If you would like to use this image, please contact me for a higher resolution image. I would also appreciate a copy of wherever it has been published. Links or hardcopy, or scans are fine. At the least please tell me where you used it. -Thanks


Many people have asked where the box is from, I got it a while ago from a California Recycling starter kit:

  • darrylwyoung 7y

    This is great. I was the head of the department of conservation which designed and distributed these bins. Can I have a high res version of this ?
  • Desmond Talkington 7y

    Hi Darrylwyoung,

    Thanks! This picture is getting quite popular.
    I have the full size available on Flickr under All Sizes -> Original.

  • jenna_rose_levetan 6y

    I go to the University of Utah and in my writing for new media class i am writing a informational website on recycling. I am wondering if i can use your picture for my home page. I am not sure what the URL would be, but it would be through the fine arts department. It is not a website that many people would see and it would actually get deleted in June at the end of the semester. If you don't mind if i borrow it would you let me know as soon as possible?! You can e-mail me at jenna_rose_levetan@yahoo, i check it regularly. Thank you so much.
  • Mark Playle 6y

    Great image.

    I'm an Admin for a group called HDR Cans in the Wild and We'd love to have your image in the pool!
  • Truckman 6y

    did you recycle those cans
  • Desmond Talkington 6y

    Of course! :)
  • Truckman 6y

  • Kat King 6y

    Hello - The black container in the picture (event box/ad can) - I was wondering where it came from. I work for a waste collection company and it looks way nicer that the ones we have and I would like to look into them.
  • Terry Bean 6y

    I'm speaking at a TEDx conference tomorrow and would love to use your photo. It captures the essence of "we're getting closer" so well. The video of the talk will be up in about a week or so at

    I notice you said ok to a couple of others so I will go the "beg forgiveness" route if you changed your mind on its use in the past 7 months.

    If you get this before 8 a.m. EST on 10/21, please email me the high res at

    Terry Bean
  • Nikki Jackman 5y

    thanks for this inspired pic... perfect for today's blog entry on "solution orientation" on
    appreciative smiles
  • DesignGurl88 5y

    Wow! Simple yet breath taking photo! The exposure process you did is genius! Can I use this photo for a recycling project? This photo is just such an attention getter!
  • Desmond Talkington 5y

    Thanks, glad you like it!

    Sure, go for it! Good luck on your projects.
  • The Go To Guy 5y

    Hi I have a site about to publish, and I wanted to use the image for a link pic. May I? The site is it should be up in about 3 days for the 1st Beta. Thank you! JB
  • Roscoul 5y

    i will borrow this one for a seminar our company ( paper shredding services fort lauderdale ) hosts regarding the benefits of recycling.
  • macomber67 5y

    I would like to use this in a class project of mine for recycling for elementary kids, where can I download it?

  • Desmond Talkington 5y


    Sure, you can get the full size version here:
    Recycle Bottles and Cans AD (HDR) by kingdesmond1337
  • nwephotography 4y

    anybody looking for the black recycle bin in the photo, the manufactures website is .. there in southern California i think.
  • Darla S. 4y

    I'm writing a story about the "bottle bill' for a weekly newspaper called the City Sentinel. We cannot pay you for use, but will give you photo credit. May I use this? Thanks, Darla
  • Desmond Talkington 4y

    Darla S.

    Hello Darla,

    Sure, no problem using it! Please credit me "Desmond Talkington" and if you can provide me a link to the online article that would be great.

  • Kelsey Biggs 3mo

    Hi Desmond, great photo! I am working on a PowerPoint presentation for a school paper (and presentation). May I use? - Thank you, Kelsey
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