Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by SuperDave, Oct 26, 2016.
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I like the aesthetic you're working with here, but I fear the arrangement of light vs. dark patches on the fields will be very dependent on a particular coin's design.
I agree 100% with this. Also, they're pretty pictures, but I'd really prefer the normal "black and white" pictures if I'm evaluating the coin.
That's basically it; Proof issues with large areas of "white space" just don't do it for me aesthetically.
For the record, this is my lighting for the above shots:
$20 (Amazon) cordless LED ring lamp, just a little offset from centered on the coin. The hole in the top is *just* large enough for one of my duplicating lenses to peek through.
I have an idea. How about a colored light?
Oddly enough, the best way to get the "black and white" look uses the same style of lighting; it's the offset from center which creates the brightness in the fields in the images above. I've used a Circline fluorescent to do my best "B/W" Proof work:
If you're good, you can tell where the bulb connector was from that image. I left a hint.
The shorter working distances I'm using these days doesn't lend itself to this method, though (that shot was with a Canon 100mm Macro at 12"+ and an FC9 bulb). You just can't get fluorescents in a diameter small enough; I'm gonna have to build a bazillion-LED ringlight with careful diffusion to match the effect appropriately.
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