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    Color and Luster

    Here's a nice example of getting color and luster together in a coin shot...Ray




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    Those are outstanding photos. What type of camera and lighting set up are you using?

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    Thanks! These were taken with a Nikon D7000, mounted on a Vivitar Bellows, with a Rodenstock Apo Rodagon D 75mm f4 lens. Lighting was with a pair of IKEA Jansjo gooseneck LED lamps.

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    I don't like the grainy effect you get with LED lamps.

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    That has nothing to do with the fact the lights are LEDs and everything to do with the angles, heights, etc of the lights themselves. Plus, since the coin has that grain on the surface, shouldn't the photo show the grain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingot View Post
    I don't like the grainy effect you get with LED lamps.
    LED lighting has no affect on grain in an image... the only thing that will cause grain is either a high ISO or actual 'grain' on the coin. I think it's an excellent image and would love to see it on a white or black (solid) background.

    I like them, have any more examples??

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    I'm sort of fond of these:






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    All I can say is that those photos are among the best I have ever seen. To be able to capture subtle color on copper like that is extremely difficult. Are you a collector or a dealer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lehigh96 View Post
    All I can say is that those photos are among the best I have ever seen. To be able to capture subtle color on copper like that is extremely difficult. Are you a collector or a dealer?
    Wow, thanks very much! I'm a Lincoln Cent collector, specializing in varieties and toners. I decided a while back to put together a photo setup for documenting my own coins, both overall and details of varieties. It has taken me a while to get a setup together where I am happy with the results, but I think I'm finally at a point where I am taking more coin photos and doing less experimenting.

    I have a couple toners I use for experiments that you might like. First one is a focus-stacked image while second is a single image:



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    How about a lightly-toned Jefferson War Nickel...



 

 
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