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  1. PithyProlix

    Inky photography

    Inspired by oldfashioned-aj's recent review with some fantastic pictures I thought it would be useful to have a thread where we can share tips & tricks for photographing our ink and get feedback on our pictures. I'll start. (Please note that I am totally an amateur!) I made this photo today by a window, on a overcast mid-day using my Poco X3 NFC phone and edited it with Snapseed. I was having trouble getting the color right on Gris de Payne - it was all dark and without much of the greenish blue that I saw on the paper - until I set the white balance on the phone's camera for sunlight, and the color came out like magic.
  2. JulieParadise

    Show Your Feed!

    When cleaning and refilling one of my Wing Sung 3008 pens to give it to my son who wanted to use it in school I encountered a stubborn clear feed that would not want to give away all of its orange glory (Akkerman #16 Oranje Boven) after cleaning and even after refilling the pen with Lamy (Royal) Blue. So I was able to take the following pictures. Edit: (Was interrupted before I could add what I was going for, tsss ...) What do your feeds look like? Do you have unusual or unusually beautiful feeds? I am sure you have!
  3. We photographed some of our Montblancs recently. Since their pen design is usually a bit more simple, the photographs work well on both plain and textured/detailed backgrounds. What do you think?
  4. Title says it all, I took photos of my entire collection, next to each is the amount of use the pen got (for wearing of the tip). Here you go: Waterman Graduate F, ocasional use: Rotring Artpen 1.5, almost no use: Rainbow 239, vintage, ocasional use: Rainbow 232, vintage, heavy use: Pilot Varsity, used once till empty: Picasso 998, inked for first time: Picasso 916, ocasional use: Picasso 902, moderate use: Picasso 606, almost no use: Pelikan Jazz M, moderate use: Parker IM italic ground by me, almost no use: Lamy Safari M, moderate use: Lamy Safari F, heavy use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbzc] [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbA4][url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbA4] Lamy Safari EF, almost no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbCZ][url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbCZ] [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbEx][url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbEx] Laguiole, almost no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbGr][url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbGr] [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbHZ][url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbHZ] Koh-i-Noor B reground by me, almost no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbKx]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1721/41606694605_4a0d5de8d5_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbMg]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1757/41606694705_1937345841_o.jpg Wooden IPG, damaged nib, no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbND]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1722/41606694785_87e2376a1c_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbQc]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1732/41606694875_1520115df4_o.jpg Wooden IPG, no damage, used once: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbRV]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1728/41606694975_2d63cf8536_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbTD]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1745/41606695075_d94aa7f6cd_o.jpg Blue IPG, almost no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbWV]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1756/41606695265_c18de6e77b_o.jpg Hero 332, vintage, heavy use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDbYZ]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1757/41606695385_1e6e17fe6d_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDc2e]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1743/41606695515_7d0c52c37a_o.jpg Hero 007, new, no use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDc2K]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1748/41606695545_94c0a4100a_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDc4D]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1733/41606695655_cdb999039e_o.jpg Hero 007, moderate use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDc6T]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1737/41606695785_dd41dfb494_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDc98]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1753/41606695915_66b57f7131_o.jpg Faber-Castell Basic Carbon Fiber F, heavy use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDcav]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1750/41606695995_097d7bb808_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDce8]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1751/41606696205_2ae16d1039_o.jpg BIC Easy-Click, ocasional use: [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDcgx]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1732/41606696345_34d54276eb_o.jpg [url=https://flic.kr/p/26oDchV]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1751/41606696425_698e694df2_o.jpg
  5. My Son who lives in Japan sent me a Nikon D3000 which has a scratch on the cover sheet over the back lens,but the Camera works great,as I was trolling the internet I saw this article in Utube which says, How to get tack sharp imagesfor less than $5.00 so I thought That's for me! so what it is about is using Cotton Buds with a Paper stem instead of the one we all now use which pollutes everything it touches when you are finished with it.So I dial up this Englishman who shows you how to really clean your lens using Cotton Buds,most of us just keep on wiping the lens with our dirty Lens Cloth which is NOT the way to go and when you watch the video you will see the result which HE gets,followed by another Video which shows how to Calibrate your Camera so that YOU will get perfect Pictures, Amazing, try it yourself. Trust Me Oneill
  6. Usernameistaken

    Offering Photography Advice

    Hello, I recently found this forum and posted for the first time asking about a pen I had that was very special to me, which, unfortunately, I lost mere weeks later, after having it in my pocket every day for over 20 years (still reeling). Anyway, this community has been very kind and insightful to me, and since I am the furthest thing from a pen expert here, I want to offer whatever expertise I can to support the community. I am a professional studio photographer, specializing in high-end watch photography, as well as jewelry, pens, and other pricey objects (I have also worked around the world on commercial and editorial sets with notable personalities, and just about every style of photography you can imagine). So, I intimately know the difficulties most people encounter when photographing their favorite items, whether for sale or personal gratification. I recently rebuilt the studio for my watch retailer client, and am shooing 20-30 watches per day, which all feature difficulties like domed crystals, mother of pearl, facets, angles, curves, different finishes, moving parts etc. - meaning nothing even the most complex pen can throw at me can trip me up. So, anyone here who has questions about photography, or other photography dilemmas, should please feel free to contact me directly or post your queries in this thread, and I'll gladly offer my expertise. I can virtually guarantee that my advice and techniques would improve your photography more than any expensive equipment purchase would (equipment is the trap many amateur photographers fall into). I can help perfect your technique, identify your problems, interpret your light, whatever you need. Next time you are photographing your pens and are struggling to capture the images you want, please just ask, If you'd like see a very small sampling of my work, you can visit my website at: http://www.jamesburger.com. I hope to be of help. Best, James
  7. watching the Syo-Ro fall out of the feed of this #3776 like a waterfall was so satisfying I just felt compelled to take a Photograph! upon browsing through the first few pages of the FPN Photography forum I still hadn't found a place for it, so here we go: What are some satisfying moments of being a Fountain Pen user that you've managed to capture? -Kieran
  8. Hey all! So... I received a microscope as a present about a week ago, and today I thought I'd take a look at some inks. I had some Pelikan Brilliant-Red and some Rotring red technical drawing (pigment) ink on hand, so I made a couple of smears and this is what came out: This is the Pelikan at 100X: The Rotring at 100x and 400x respectively: You can clearly see the small pigment particles that can clog up a pens feed. The dots on the Pelican slide on the other hand are little crystals that formed as the ink dried (I don't have photos of it while still wet, but it was clear). The pictures are not perfect, I still need an adapter to mount a camera directly. These were made with my phone through the eyepiece (the focus isn't great, as I focused by eye first, and the phone camera lens also induced some distortions). Another thing to note is the smooth, continuous edge on the Rotring ink, whereas the Pelikan has a rough, incontinuous one. This is due to the Rotring ink having a higher surface tension (i.e. it's a dryer ink than the Pelikan). P.S.: tell me if you want to see more pen related microscopic images (like nibs, paper, etc.) and i'll try to do some more.
  9. Good day FPN friends! Its been some time since I’ve posted here but perhaps some of you may have read my reviews of Japanese pens in the past. My name is Nicholas and I write at www.inkypassion.com. I’m thankful that my site has given me the opportunity to meet many enthusiasts and enjoy unique pens. Many of you know that I have always had an interest in Japanese pens, and Maki-e was a natural progression – I trimmed my collection of over 40 pens to move to Maki-e because I really appreciate the fine artistry and craftsmanship. You can read some of my pen reviews on my site too! I have been photographing some pens from AP Limited Editions and I thought that I would share some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Anyway, AP was founded in 2006 by Andy and Smita Poddar. The brand produces Maki-e and Russian Lacquer art pens and has four collections which cater to different audiences – they include the Connoisseur (US$9000+), Writer (US$3600 – US$8500), Zodiac (US$2400) and Apprentice (US$800+). http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Zodiac%20R.jpg Recently launched was the Great American Bald Eagle Commemorative Edition, which commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the brand’s founding. The Maki-e version retailed at US$9500 (and it is sold out), but a Russian Lacquer version is available for US$4950. I am enamoured by one Connoisseur masterpiece - the Tree of Life, by artisan Kosetsu. The nine-piece Limited Edition shows how the brand has pushed boundaries (as compared to the traditional brands) and explored different cultural themes from across the globe. That said, not all pens from AP are like the Connoisseur – there are other collections at a more accessible price point. Pens I photographed in the Writer Series included the Chrysanthemum Crest, which features floral reliefs contrasted by gold flakes sprinkled onto lacquer, as well as the Hanakotoba, which is completely covered with delicate flowers. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Writer%20Compilation.jpg The Writer Series will appeal to many people because of the abstract designs offered. My personal favourite is probably the Boy with the Ox - a depiction of Japanese Zen philosophy, it espouses control of one’s consciousness as the greatest form of mastery. It is fascinating that each pen is not merely aesthetically pleasing but also tells a story and pens like these inspire me each day to strive to high ideals. To cater to a wider audience, AP has launched the Apprentice Series, which the company says will soon be available online at wholesale pricing. These include Urushi models in plain solid colours and Tamenuri, which are perfect for those who wish to own a value-for-money daily writer. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Apprentice%20Urushi%20Compilation.jpg In case you’re wondering about writing performance, AP feeds are ebonite and their nibs are manufactured by bock. My personal experience is that the nibs are slightly springy, which makes for comfortable writing. The company says they will offer Soft nibs in future and I am excited at the prospect of a wider nib selection. The pens are filled by international converter. I hope that my post has been informative and you enjoyed looking at some of my photos of these pens - I'm not part of the company (I just do freelance photography occasionally), so if you are interested you can look them up on the web. If you have any tips on photographing maki-e pens, I would really appreciate it as well! Good day! Nicholas
  10. MikeyInDenver

    Hello From Denver! Lot's Of Pictures!

    Hello everyone! I'm Mike. I live in Denver, Colorado! About a year and a half ago I moved back to Denver (and the U.S. for that matter) from Australia. I am an engineer and was working in the field. Now that I have an office role I've dropped the field pencil and picked up the fountain pen...and I'm LOVING it! As engineers do, I've been researching to no end, learning as much as I can. I'm really glad I found FPN as it has been an incredible resource (unlike many forums out there...)! I also happen do be big into photography as a hobby! The Visconti Michelangelo rollerball was my first nice pen and it is what got me into writing more. I then found FPN and started lusting after many fountain pens and have since picked up a Lamy 2000 and a Visconti Homo Sapiens MIDI. Now I just need to practice my penmanship so I stop looking like I'm 4 years old. Here are a few photos and some non-pen related of Colorado too! _DSC1109 by Michael Patterson, on Flickr _DSC1110 by Michael Patterson, on Flickr _DSC1112 by Michael Patterson, on Flickr
  11. I have quite a substantial perfume collection - roughly as many bottles as I have fountain pens - and it occurred to me that if Montblanc was the undisputed Chanel of the FP world, then Visconti was probably the Amouage. http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/thegrynne/FountainPenNetwork/L1200953_zpsuutlpb2p.jpg http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/thegrynne/FountainPenNetwork/L1200940_zpsdwa5iskb.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/thegrynne/FountainPenNetwork/L1200930_zps7wiltrh8.jpg Top: Amourage Epic Woman, Visconti Kaleido Voyager Amber Middle: Amouage Gold Woman, Visconti Fiorenza Lava LE Bottom: Amouage Jubilation XXV, Visconti Opera Crystal Taken with a Leica X2
  12. Here is my contribution to the thread, a few pictures I took last week. You will find more on my boutique 123stylo.com, opening 1st of October :-) Any comments are really welcome! I'm trying my best to capture the pens beauty, without photoshop editing. Cheers from Switzerland! http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2607%20-%20copie_zpspo41piza.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2540%20-%20copie_zps5vfu5spl.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2668%20-%20copie_zpsmuhx8uk3.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2248%20-%20copie_zpsue1uvznr.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2238%20-%20copie_zps5hpbsiwc.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2434%20-%20copie_zpsz1dvwcdt.png http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w499/123chrono/IMG_2436%20-%20copie_zpsmttaiqby.png
  13. Customer support and after sales service - the way it should be There are companies who make promises and there are companies who keep it; encountering the latter came as a pleasant surprise, not only did they keep the original promise, but went far beyond their remit to keep an end customer happy. The story goes thus. I land at my dad's after a couple of years [we live half way across the world] and during a nice balmy drink he jumps and says 'Son, I was meaning to give you something last time you were here, but forgot, let me go fetch it'; before I gulp the drink and pop the question as to what, where & why, he has disappeared back in the house. Out he comes after some time holding what looks like a Parker gift box. I knew that my father knew about my preference to fountain pens but did not know that he knew that I liked it that much. 'This has been sitting in the closet waiting for you, I thought you'd like it' is what he says pressing the pen in my eager hands. His eyes twinkle as I gingerly open the box and find a magnificent Sonnet. I don't know *this* sonnet says my logical side of the brain and goes on its way meandering though the existing mental database while the emotional part of the brain has forgot to close the faucet to the salivary glands. Time is not kind to satin and other soft materials that is used in the gift boxes these days especially when it sits for 4 years in humid tropics locked inside a closet. There are spots of brown and red and the texture and feel is tending towards a starched-cotton fabric instead of the silky, shiny that is supposed to be. The pen itself though, looks pristine! As the cap is tepidly opened, hoping that the dampness has not nibbled on the nib (see what I did there ;-), Out comes a gleaming dual-tone tip with squiggly scroll. A twirl and a peek at the feed reveals that it is an 'M' which is when logical bit of the brain returns with a 'Nadaaa' instead of a 'TaDaaa' and goes back again scampering, wondering if parker would oblige to change the nib to XF instead. A slight press of the nib-tip on the finger nail unravels a springy metal, NICE, and the faucet is opened again. With no internet connection [blessed is that place] and hardly a mobile around, 'net' still means something that you catch fish with and a tweet is actually made by a bird! A hole in the system is made by earthworms and what gets hacked is almost always a dead tree. A buzz is made by a bee and not by a marketing drone; finally, stars are still visible to the naked eye; a python is not what you script, but run away from. This meant 3 weeks of waiting before I get back to uncivilised world. In the meanwhile more dehydration ensued just looking at the golden swirls. This one not easy to capture on a photo and is lot more handsome/beautiful in reality. Fast forward; a polite e-mail is rushed to folks at NewellCo and a quick response received. Half way through the perusal, a smile breaks out on an old wrinkly face and both hands begin to pack the precious to be shipped off. Despite Einstein’s desperate protest against such statements, time did move really slowly for the next 3 weeks. Here is it ladies and gentlemen, the new XF on the Parker sonnet Chinese lacque Amber. Despite being an old model and having no proof of purchase, the Parker-waterman customer service team rendered a stellar job at keeping a promise – nib exchange. The pen was returned in excellent shape, superb nib and the interaction with team was exemplary. They threw in a new converter and a cartridge to boot. A Customer couldn’t have asked for more; and now they got a loyal one.
  14. This was hand-drawn for a shirt design. It is a robot crushed by a boulder (see various hydraulics fluids coming out) and as such is titled "Hug Me, Boulder?" Because of it's abstract nature, it could also be interpreted as strangely misshapen, friendly robot with four hover boosters. Hug Me, Boulder? by jakoblwells, on Flickr IMG_7841 by jakoblwells, on Flickr “Hug Me, Boulder?” - on Strathmore Bristol vellum- using a Sailor Sapporo, MF nib- with Noodler’s Black- lovingly vectorized using Illustrator
  15. I was messing around yesterday, using my phone and tablet's LCD screens for lighting. I put a white image on them and used a black hoodie as a backdrop. The screens were the only sources of light. The original images were 14MP, but they were resized to fit this post. I have no clue about photography, and would appreciate some advice and feedback. Here are 4 photos: I have a lot of other photos taken, but I like these best.
  16. Cryptos

    The Moore Pen

    Okay, I was reading elsewhere about how people use a lightbox to take their lovely pictures or their equally lovely pens, and I found a thread that showed how it was done on the cheap. Now, as many of you would probably attest, I have the photography skills of brain-damaged baboon. Anyway, this morning I wandered into my workshop, grabbed a cardboard box, cut a great big hole in one side and covered that with a piece of old white T-shirt. I stuck a flooring tile inside the box and used a placemat as the backdrop. My camera is a Nikon coolpix 4000 or something. It's about 11 years old and as basic as anything - quite apart from the aforementioned lack of skills. Oh, and I couldn't find a suitable lamp to suspend over the box, so I used a Fenix flashlight! Right. The box is set up with the hole on the top for the light source, and the open end of the box is where I stick the camera - propped up on a minidisc case. It's all looking a bit Heath Robinson at this stage. I grab a pen and chuck it on the floor tile (not literally, of course!), set the camera to macro and timer, switch on the flashlight (which I am holding in my hand, a bracket would have helped) and this is what I got: This all took about 30 minutes from start to finish and I took just one photo. Obviously I have heaps to learn, but I hope this gives others a little encouragement in trying the lightbox idea. If I can do this, just think what you can do with your greater skills and resources!
  17. I would love for this to be made a pinned topic so all who enter can quickly find tips on photographing their pens.
  18. I have no idea where this should go...so we'll start here. I recently took a darkroom photo class and during the course of it, we did some print toning. And I was wondering if anyone had tried using FP ink as a toner? What have your experiences been? I have not logged enough hours in the darkroom to have a portfolio with which to experiment, so I figured that I would ask y'all. TIA for any comments or suggestions. Was thinking of putting older FP inks to good use...
  19. Good afternoon everyone. Thought I would post some pics I took of my 149 (first few are underexposed for silhouetting purposes). She's almost a year old now =) http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8702_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8703_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8734_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8741_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8747_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8771_1024.jpg http://maia.site90.net/temp/photos/montblanc/_DSC8778_1024.jpg Regards, maia
  20. My little Japanese bronze paperweight looks a lot like the Pelikan logo.
  21. I am delighted to share perhaps my most favorite FP and handmade notebook. Unboxing of Pilot Prera (Japanese import): (w/ Lamy Safari) Prera w/ BPN (Black Pocket Notebook): I handmade the 3.5x5.5" BPN using very VERY cheap materials: construction paper (cover), 12 printer papers, 3 staples (binding) No scissors were available, so all cutting was ripping with my hands--hence the ragged edges. I hope to use USA 100% recycled paper & staples in the future...there are surprisingly good papers for this FP! Thanks for viewing!
  22. NoodlersFan

    Pen Macro Shots

    I've been practicing my macro technique on my LAMY 2000: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2891/11022908906_46759d5b0b_b.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/11022907826_9fe57769a3_b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/11022906106_03e6c5bede_b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/11022814155_36d03c53ae_b.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3740/11022816255_e0dd3b7219_b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/11023032733_cec47bd0e1_b.jpg D5000, 105 micro + TC-17E II
  23. Taken with a Nikon D90 50mm 1.4 at f2.8 YN465 flash at 30% to assist with ceiling light





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