Coins macro

With the cold and wintry weather now upon us, it has marked the end of the season for various forms of imaging (e.g. UV-imaging as the flowers have stopped blooming, with many plants having died following the first frosts of the season). But it also means that I can now explore other areas of imaging which I have wanted to do but which have not quite made it up the priority list. One of these is macro photography of coins.

I have seen many magnificent examples of images of coins online, and now that I have a great setup for shooting macro, I thought it was time I looked into this. Particularly as I have been using Helicon Focus for stacking images of flowers for many months now – this should work very well with coins as well.

I have used British coins which I have at home to do my first attempts at this. I used the oldest 1p coin I could find from 1971, and newer 5p and 10p coins.

Equipment used: Sony A6000, Leica Focotar-II 50mm F4.5 enlarger lens at F5.6, ISO 100 in aperture mode (note to self: set to manual or shutter-priority mode for future shoots). Helios macro bellows mounted on FLM ballhead and Kirk Low pod, lighting from my home light studio. Images were then processed with Capture One Pro 7 before stacking in Helicon Focus.

Macro shooting kit with light studio
Macro shooting kit with light studio
Coin held on blue tac at end of plastic tubing which is mounted on a small ballhead
Coin held on blue tac at end of plastic tubing which is mounted on a small ballhead

Below are the results of today’s attempts at coin macrophotography.

1p coin closeup
1p coin closeup
1p coin from 1971
1p coin from 1971
Crop into 1p coin
Crop into 1p coin
5p coin
5p coin
5p coin closeup
5p coin closeup
Crop into 5p coin
Crop into 5p coin
10p coin (closeup)
10p coin (closeup)
10p coin
10p coin
Crop into 10p coin
Crop into 10p coin

I am very pleased with the results, especially as all are at least 1:1 or larger, and yet retain a lot of detail.

Boon