Rocket Booster


rocket-booster-800I do a fair amount of industrial photography for annual reports. This is a photograph of one of the sections of a rocket booster engine. I grabbed a couple of workers and had them stand inside the booster for scale. I love the greenish orbs with red — they look like olives in a martini!

The difficult part of the shot was the lighting. I put a huge 10 x 10 ft. scrim behind the engine and lit it with two strobe heads from behind. I had to balance the light from the front so it wouldn’t burn out the interior. Light from the front was provided by two 6 foot square scrims positioned with a narrow slot between them for the camera.

The whole shot took about an hour and a half to set up, but it was worth it.


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