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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2016, 06:30:12 PM »
Thanks for the photo, Peter. I really appreciate it.

I am using a modified microscope stand instead of a copy stand. It has a smaller footprint and more precise adjustment. You do not have a pole sticking right in front of your face if the camera needs to be adjusted low, close to the coin.

Any support, like a microscope stand, that holds a camera steady is fine. The one I use allows as much as 27" of distance between the lens and the base board. This allows me to use a fairly long focal length lens (105mm) that is placed up away from the coin. Why? That space is useful for placing lights and reflectors without bumping into the camera, or casting unwanted shadows. It's also useful for photographing larger objects like this 90mm diameter medal.



By bouncing light around in a controlled manner there is minimal loss of details in the shadows, yet the highlights also hold their detail and don't burn out.

But most any setup can be made to work and give good results. The key is to try.

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2016, 08:49:15 AM »
For anyone interested the last medal is called "Kunqu Opera". The obverse features the Peony Pavilion, a famous fiction work from the Ming Dynasty. It is not an expensive item, but I think the artistic quality is priceless.

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2016, 06:16:29 PM »
And here is the opposite face:



If anyone is curious, the medal is made in Shenyang and the artist is Chang Huan.

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2016, 06:38:44 PM »
Can you spot the panda hiding in the bamboo forest?

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2016, 09:11:17 PM »
Can you spot the panda hiding in the bamboo forest?

So what does a bear do in the forest? Tell us, please, sharp-eyed and enlightened bearcat.  N4

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2016, 10:36:44 PM »
P.S. Bearcat and I are friends in case it's not clear

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2016, 09:00:49 PM »
In some ways the current thread continues with ongoing discussions on coin photography using the conventionally accepted (SLR/DSLR) cameras http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?topic=834.0 and the new/evolving smartphone/handheld cameras http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?topic=11855.0.

Again, the question is not which camera format is superior but what each one can do and how best to utilize their capabilities.

I took some hurried photos of representative 2017 Panda coins and compared preliminary results before and after digital enhancement. I shall upload them singly to maintain as much of the original file size as possible.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2016, 09:10:04 PM »
This photo of the 2017 30g Silver Panda Coin was taken with the iPhone 6s using two Ikea lights that were originally described by fwang2450 in previous posts. Both lamps were covered with two coffee filter papers each followed by a sheet of white paper. No image enhancement was performed here.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2016, 09:13:50 PM »
The original photo shown above was digitally enhanced with onboard MacOs software for a few seconds.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2016, 09:15:58 PM »
This photo of the 2017 30g Gold Panda Coin was taken with the iPhone 6s using the two Ikea lights. Both lamps were covered with two coffee filter papers each followed by a sheet of white paper. No image enhancement was performed here.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2016, 09:18:11 PM »
This is the same coin after preliminary image editing. More advanced editing will include matching the color to that of the actual coin.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2016, 12:35:20 PM »
Pandacollector...the photos of that medal are stunning
KeepOnTrying.....Those are astonishing results from a phone

I was photographing OMP gold when I got this result. I used the macro setting on the camera and lit the coin from the side using a couple of small flashlights. I thought the detail in the fur came up quite nicely.

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2016, 04:36:07 PM »
This photo of the 2017 30g Gold Panda Coin was taken with the iPhone 6s using the two Ikea lights. Both lamps were covered with two coffee filter papers each followed by a sheet of white paper. No image enhancement was performed here.


I like that you didn't blow out the highlight details in the gold coin photo.
The 2017 silver Panda is a "bear" to light well.

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2016, 05:47:35 PM »
Pandacollector...the photos of that medal are stunning
KeepOnTrying.....Those are astonishing results from a phone

I was photographing OMP gold when I got this result. I used the macro setting on the camera and lit the coin from the side using a couple of small flashlights. I thought the detail in the fur came up quite nicely.


Yes it's true, the fur stands out in great detail in your photo. You can even see the hair strands. Great job.
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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2017, 01:57:09 AM »
The two photos put to use. Part1 and Part 2 of the latest China Pricepedia:



Happy 2017 everybody.

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