Exhibit- 1945-D Walking Liberty Half. Photographed- Spring 2008. By- AdamL

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by AdamL, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    OK guys, go easy on me. I only have access to a camera with macro when my brother visits from out of state, so I haven't had much coin photography practice. Also, I lost a bunch of my files, so this is one of the only coin photos I have left on my computer, LOL. But it is one of my better Walker pictures. So, here it is. Advice and comments welcome. Just be nice ;)

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  3. Catbert

    Catbert Evil Cat

    Adam.......just wonderful! Got to be one of the best designs on a coin ever. Love it.

    Wild a** guess....65?
  4. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    wonderful photo and coin. Is that coin blast white in the hand? The hand looks like all the fingers are there and somehow you seemed to have photographed this with almost no glare. Great exhibit! Can you tell me anthing about the 1945 Denver Mint?
  5. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Nice coin.

    Good choice of background.

    Your lighting is good. Just needs be be adjusted slightly.
    Notice how the bottom of your images gets a bit dark.

    And the focus on the obverse is a bit off.
    The reverse focus look good.

    For a first iteration, well done!

    You'll find like I did that it will take a LOT of experimentation to get it just right.
    And then you'll go to you next coin and have to tweak the settings a bit. Or the lighting.
    ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT: Keep accurate records of the camera settings and lighting. You don't want to have to "re-invent the wheel" for each imaging session.

    You'll find raw coins will be the easiest to image.
    The only significant changes will be when you change metals, so you'll need three somewhat different settings (copper, silver, gold.)

    Slabs will present more difficult problems.
    - Focus on the coin, not the slab.
    - Reflections.

    But the one that is driving me crazy is proof coins.
    They are REALLY tough to image.
    Mostly you have to play with the lighting.

    Keep at it.
    Looks like you are off to a good start.
    And convince your brother that you should have the camera when he's not using it :thumb:
  6. jello

    jello Not Expert★NormL®

    Kanga proof coin are easier if you can switch your camera black & white I have found out. plus you can really tell the cameo on them. but Canadian coin are still hard on B&W too

    AdamL that a great 1st try !!!!

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  7. Freddypm

    Freddypm Member

    A true favorite design of mine!

    What a nice Walker. It is my favorite design on any coin. The obverse is awesome and the reverse is impressive!
  8. Phoenix21

    Phoenix21 *The King Of Jokes*

    Excellent picture IMHO!! :thumb: Nice. I grade the Walker a MS-64?

    Phoenix :cool:
  9. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Hmmmmmmm, I don't think it's an MS.
    Lack of detail on the left hand and robe lines across the leg.
    Slightly baggy in the field behind Liberty, and the sun has a ding too.
    I don't see any Mint shine either.
    IMO, all that would make it difficult to even get to MS-63.

    And I think I'm seeing some rubs on the high points.

    My guess would be AU-53 or -55
  10. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    I think maybe I was supposed to have some educational info too? I forgot. Here's some right off the top of my head.
    This coin was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, who also desiged the Mercury dime. This coin was minted from 1916-1947, but several years were skipped. It was minted in Phillidelphia, Denver and San Fransisco. It is .900 fine silver.
  11. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Kanga, thanks for the photography advice. I do beleive that this is an UNC coin though. One of your observations, the lack of mint shine, that is the one aspect of this coin that the photo did not depict correctly. This thing is almost blast white. Lack of detail on the hand is one thing that makes me think twice about the grade, but I've looked at alot of Walkers, and most seem to not show the fingers well-in almost all grades.
    And I'm afraid getting my brother to leave the camera won't work. He has to use it for his job. If he can make it home for Christmas though, I'll try to take as many pictures as I can.
  12. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Thanks everyone else for the compliments and comments :)
  13. Catbert

    Catbert Evil Cat

    Cornelius Vermeule writes in "Numismatic Art in America: Aesthetics of the United States Coinage" that Adolph Alexander Weinman's design is ".....an original creation, not a slavish copy. This half dollar, one of the greatest coins of the United States - if not the world - is as modern as official sculpture can be. It has the combination of naturalism, classicism, and dignified inner balance, a generaly suave figure style in the midst of traditional poses......"

    What a great coin design and Adam your coin does it honor!
  14. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    that might be OK for a Silver coin but obviously with a copper you lose important information. The being said, for the purposes of the contest, we are aiming at coin photography and exhibition and one can well chose a B&W photo as an artisitc theme and still win.

  15. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Great Entry Adam! As was everyones!

    Thank you so much for participating!

    Exhibit- 1945-D Walking Liberty Half. Photographed- Spring 2008. By- AdamL http://www.cointalk.com/forum/t44464/#post473168

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     	3 	0 	1 	0 	4 		51
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    	10 	2 	0 	0 	12 	
    	5 	3 	3 	0 	11 	
    	7 	4 	4 	0 	15 	
  16. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    Great coin -- one of my favorite designs!
  17. rzage

    rzage What Goes Around Comes Around .

    Adam your too hard on yourself , very good picture especially without much practice . Nice Walker too .
  18. AdamL

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  19. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    thumbs up

    thumbs up
  20. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast


    Nice to see you posting again. There are several new exhibits for your museum in the last few weeks. Hope you are doing well!

  21. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    really - are they marked Exhibit?
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