Prototype Pen on black glassLast week was quite busy for me. I did some photo-tutoring, lots of product photos and even managed to squeeze some recreational photography in with a few friends. Here are some photos I did for a client, an ex-f/18 navy pilot, who designed a prototype pen developed specifically for fighter pilots and law enforcement agencies.

The pen has a special LED that is night vision friendly, is built using super tough metal and writes in freezing environments.

Photo Details: For the photo on the left, I used black string to hang the pen above a sheet of glass (RIP right after this shot). The lighting is 2x 600w/s strobes on each side of the pen shooting through very large soft-boxes and an sb800 with a round snoot for the background light. The shot was difficult because the pen was constantly spinning and I had to time the rotation perfectly. The pen’s green light was no match for the brightness of the strobes, therefore I took a second exposure with the light on and combined the two. (Nikon D300, 80-200mm 2.8, 1/250 @ F/16, ISO 200)

Pen Still life

Photo Details (above): For this photo, I set the camera’s white balance to incandescent (making my strobe light blue). I then The setup shot, check out the super expensive "fabric softener" snoot.added some extra blue filtration to my main strobe for a much colder look. The photo has 3 strobes and one gold reflector: Main light is blue gelled 600w/s strobe with softbox to camera left. 1x CTO gelled (for neutral light) snooted sb800 to illuminate the pen and pad. 1x CTO gelled + “gobo’d” sb-800 for the map and pad on the bottom right. And finally, a gold reflector, just outside the frame to the top left for the warmish colored light. (Nikon D300, 17-55mm 2.8 lens, 1/250 @ f/5.0, ISO 200).

Notice the high tech snoot and gobo/snoot thing. The setup shot doesn’t show the main strobe. Below are a couple more.  

Pen on blackPen on White

The final two photos were created to demonstrate the angle, shape and intensity of the beam.

  A fog machine was used to show the shape and spread of the light beam.

 This entire scene was painted with gelled flashlights.




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  1. Macro photography
    on April 12th, 2009

    This looks like a cool new item.

  2. Scott
    on July 3rd, 2009

    Where can i buy this pen? Do you know how much it is? great shots, makes me want to buy it already!