John 360

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David@PCC, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    By doing this I learned I need to work on lighting and more important I need to do focus stacking. Other improvements I make are just going to cut down on the time making these. This coin is very striking in hand and almost looks gilded, I imagine it has a decent percentage of silver in it.
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    John II Comnenus
    Billon Aspron Trachy
    1122 to 1137 AD
    Obvs: IC XC, Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator
    Revs: Crowned facing bust of John, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger; five jewels on collar
    29x30mm, 3.61g
    Constantinople mint
    SB 1944
     
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  3. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Awesome photo work. How'd you manage that?

    Also, the only ancient coins I actively collect are ones that depict Christ on them; this is very cool. :)
     
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Interesting! I would suggest using manual white balance if your camera allows it and softer light bounced around the room rather than directed at the coin. While I am a big fan of focus stacking, I have never tried it with video or animation. That would be a lot of images.
     
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  5. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Well-Known Member

    Animated coin !Wow! Well done my friend.
     
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  6. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Hi David,

    Taking side view images of coins is hard! Good job on that :).

    I hope you don't mind but I did some tweaking to adjust the tilt and color.

    CT-DavidPCC-TrachyGif.gif
     
  7. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Wow. That is great! The images of the edge are amazing.

    Here's one of my early GIFs where we just changed the lighting direction:
    Owl 20 frames 200 ms 2.gif
     
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  8. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    I made a jig that allows me to make aligned images while the coin is rotating. Take a lot of photos then use a program to make a gif. Right now it takes hours to make, I hope to cut that down drastically.

    It does have manual white balance, but I've never used it before. I will play with it. I've booked marked a few pages to improve my setup. Stacking will be a lot of photos, I would like to get the time to make these down to be an hour or less.
     
  9. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    Not at all, it improved it a lot. Honestly these cup coins are harder to do than a flat coin. Maybe one day I will become a halfway decent photographer by making these?
     
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