Propping Up Guns With Pencil for Photos?

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  1. dcriner

    dcriner Member

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    Why do people prop up their guns with a pencil or an empty shotshell inserted through the trigger guard for photos posted to this and other gun websites? I must have missed the memo.
  2. geds

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    For scale and to keep fingerprints off the gun...
  3. ozo

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    Really, the truth is, most of us are too fat [and lazy] to stand up,
    lean over the top of said gun placement, and snap the shot.
    Blood runs to our brain, and we get dizzy.....fast.
    Plus we almost always have a pencil and a shotgun shell
    laying in front of us.......don't you?
  4. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That pretty much sums it up. Entertaining response ozo.:)
  5. Rocketman1

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    I for one think and looks better, and adds a little artistic talent.
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    Here, if you don't have an empty shell, wait a while. Or, check with a neighbor.
    Pencil? They still make the #2?
  7. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, why not?
  8. time2shoot

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    Becuse all my fingers are still atached.
  9. todd51

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    I looked with envy at some of the nice gun photos that members here had taken and they all used the shotgun shell or what ever so when I took a gun photo I used a shotgun shell. Monkey see, monkey do. At a recent gun show a fellow was selling lengths of clear plastic rod for this purpose for a buck each so I bought one and have retired the shotgun shell. I use a tripod, to keep the tremble to a minimum, for the camera when I can and it won't go high enough for an over head shot sooooo.
  10. dcriner

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    A pencil sticking out of the trigger guard is artistic? OK, I get it now.
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    Gun manufacturers spend big bucks on display adverising. They need to get with the program, and stick pencils out of the tirgger guards of their gun photos.
  12. geds

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    In my line of work, we use a coin, hammer, or a Swiss army knife in photos for scale. If we are zoomed out, we'll use a person or vehicle.
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    For a gun photo, if showing scale is important, best to lay a ruler down rather than sticking a pencil out the trigger guard.
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    I don't know geds but the vehicle stuck in the trigger guard just doesn't do it for me. I think I like the shotgun shell better.

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  15. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Man Todd, if my grand kids see that Hot Wheel they are going to freak out!
  16. mogunner

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    I made this one out of the center post of a CD container, and hot glued a Mexican coin into the middle. Why a Mexican coin? Because I have a bunch and they aint worth anything, but they're shiny...

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  17. todd51

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    Mogunner, that is artistic.
    And pretty darned neat too.
  18. todd51

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    Highboy don't tell me that plastic Corvette is collectable.:eek:
  19. geds

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    Good one Todd! Sometimes having that vehicle is important for scale....
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  20. armoredman

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    I prop up from behind, often with an empty brass with a lead bullet seated, as the lead grabs better than copper.

    This one has a 38Spl "prop" behind it, for a lower angle look.

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    Last edited: Jun 10, 2012
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