Background: Here at Green Renaissance, we are intrigued by those who find value in what others perceive as junk. We met Dale, the Bottle Digger, at a local market and spent a morning with him, digging for bottles at some of his secret spots, and exploring his vast collection. We have become a wasteful society, and it makes us wonder what we throw away today, future generations will find value in tomorrow.

Film Tip/Trick: We only had limited time with our character, so we had to shoot quickly. But at the same time, patience is key – while you do need to capture the beautiful images, you don’t want to rush the character because you risk having them lose their natural style and performance which is so important in creating an intimate, authentic feel. Often you get real moments when you just leave the camera rolling between question sessions.

To contact Dale and buy his bottles e-mail him at -

Nikon D800 DSLR

Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

Lexar Professional

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