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85. Ili ne ..ig ilin tia plu (or if you prefer, They don't make 'em like that anymore).

  • Posted Feb. 9, 2009 by Jon Laysell in Macro. Viewed 9223 times

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I knew that the tricky part of photographing coins would be getting the white balance right because the camera makes automatic re-adjustments that aren??t helpful. I thought I had a system that would do the trick but it didn??t quite work out.

My method:

1. Photograph all coins under the same conditions (time of day, lighting, lens, focal length, tubes, all camera settings).
2. Photograph in RAW format.
3. Use the ??click white balance? function in Canon??s Digital Photo Professional to get all of the backgrounds to white and then adjust the brightness as appropriate.

I thought this would be enough to crack it, but as can be seen there are even variations in the background colours for each coin. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Any tips or suggestions would be welcome.

The Farthing; a quarter of an old penny. Obselete for as long as I can remember. This is exactly the same size as a modern penny. The way the economy is going pennies will be obselete as well soon!

An old penny from 1797. I deliberately didn't adjust the zoom so that it's scale in comparison to the others could be seen. It is very big and heavy, obviously people didn't have lots of them.

An old thrupenny bit. “Thrupenny bits” is cockney rhyming slang, but on a polite website like this I couldn't possibly say what for.

A different style of thrupenny bit ;¬)

The only four pence coin I have ever seen. The phrase “A fourpenny one” is slang for a punch.

A six pence piece. Traditionally these would be baked into Christmas Puddings. The person who found the sixpence could make a wish.

La Esperanto socio egale aŭdacis ..i elpensanta sia propra valuto. ŝajne ke se ili ne povis persvad la publikon ..i akcept ilia universala lingvo ili ne estis destinitaj por esti sukcesa kun universala valuto. Bela ideo kvankam. (The Esperanto society even went as far as devising their own currency. I guess that if they couldn't get people to accept their universal language they were never going to be successful with a universal currency. Nice idea though).

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    • # Marsha

      Interesting set! Great detail on the coins - and enjoyed all the commentary!

      2009.02.10 Edited Reply Cancel