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.
Below are the results of today’s attempts at coin macrophotography.
I am very pleased with the results, especially as all are at least 1:1 or larger, and yet retain a lot of detail.