Challenge: Product Shot II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Pentax
Location: Japan, at home
Date: Mar 21, 2010
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2010
|Mechanical pencils, or sharp-pens as the Japanese call them, are used a lot in Japan. However, in elementary schools, kids are only allowed to use ordinary pencils until sixth grade.
On the day the Challenge was announced, there was a two-page ad in the paper that featured, among other things, five pens, pencils and sharp-pens standing on their tips. Being a newspaper picture, it was hard to tell how it was done. I asked Tim how he would try such a photo. He suggested wires or something, but that gave me the idea of hanging them.
So I went to the ¥100 shop and bought a packet of five new sharp-pens (¥100) and a white board (¥300 - special price) that I would be able to stick the leads through.
After a few experiments, I found the trick was to push enough lead through and peg it on the top side. (And also take out the spare leads.) Too bad I couldn't get them perfectly vertical. ;-Þ
I had my slave flash under the kotatsu and shot upside down. Post-processing was pretty basic.
The cap of one of the pencils flung itself somewhere to places unknown (viz under the hamster's box), so that's why I only used four.
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