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#1 2016-12-19 18:59:11

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Photographing the 2017 Panda

I have been taking some coin photos the last few days. This 2017 silver Panda proved a real challenge to light decently. I think there is quite a bit of detail in it that is not readily apparent. In the end, it took about two hours of work to get this shot. There is almost no Photoshop retouching done to it. The original was a little dark so the brightness was adjusted, otherwise this is exactly as the image was captured. The black line along the lower edge of the bamboos is a reflection of a black card and wasn't added in post.

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Technical details: Canon EOS-M3 camera with Rodenstock Rodagon 105mm enlarging lens. I used three lights (including one small spot), three reflector cards and one gobo (go-before).

I encourage everyone to photograph your favorite coins. It is not only an interesting activity in its own right, but you may make some discoveries. Most coins are not as difficult to shoot as this one.

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#2 2016-12-19 21:31:09

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Nice picture Peter.  Thanks for sharing.  Are you not getting tired of the same bamboo background?  It seems to be the same for the last 4?  I hope they change it up the next time, and maybe add a panda or two. Lol.


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#3 2016-12-20 04:41:34

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

barsenault wrote:

Nice picture Peter.  Thanks for sharing.  Are you not getting tired of the same bamboo background?  It seems to be the same for the last 4?  I hope they change it up the next time, and maybe add a panda or two. Lol.

Regarding designs, I think the 2018 cake is already baked. 2019 may be another story.

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#4 2016-12-20 15:39:53

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Peter, not only do I now take pictures of every collector coin/medal I purchase, but I've been making it a habit of late to take more macro video as well.

I think well shot pics and videos that are made publicly available somewhere can be an excellent visual enticement for those looking to buy somethimg of value partly or mainly based on what the item looks like. I know that I am not alone to say that a significant criteria for me in choosing which collector coins / medals to purchase, is based on what the coin / medal looks like (aesthetically).




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#5 2016-12-21 13:22:17

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

mmissinglink wrote:

I think well shot pics and videos that are made publicly available somewhere can be an excellent visual enticement for those looking to buy somethimg of value partly or mainly based on what the item looks like. I know that I am not alone to say that a significant criteria for me in choosing which collector coins / medals to purchase, is based on what the coin / medal looks like (aesthetically).




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This is my attitude, as well. The artistic quality of a coin or medal is a factor in what I buy and collect.

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#6 2016-12-22 19:09:39

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Here is the basic coin photo setup. Because the original had a small forest of reflector cards that hid the lights I reduced the cards to just one for this photo. Another point is that the two main lamps were not set to equal outputs so the light had a more directional quality.
There is nothing particularly high end about this setup. It can be duplicated for $200-$300. I hope that will encourage other collectors to explore their coins through a camera lens.

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P.S. That is a Navajo rug hanging on the wall in the background.

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#7 2016-12-22 23:15:01

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#8 2016-12-24 05:04:09

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

On another forum a collector replied that he uses a microscope stand for shooting photos of coins. Any support, like a microscope stand, that holds a camera steady is fine. The copy stand that 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.

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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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#9 2016-12-26 08:12:02

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

I now take pictures or videos of everything I buy. Making good photo of coin or medal is not so easy, especially of silver. I will probably buy a stand for the phone. Over years cameras on phones improved a lot.
I also sometimes play with different lighting.

Peter, what is the name of the medal in the last post?


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#10 2016-12-26 09:37:38

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Stark wrote:

Peter, what is the name of the medal in the last post?

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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#11 2016-12-26 09:57:15

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Pandacollector wrote:
Stark wrote:

Peter, what is the name of the medal in the last post?

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.

Best wishes,
Peter Anthony
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It is a series.... the silver look great


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#12 2016-12-26 12:45:45

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Pandacollector wrote:
Stark wrote:

Peter, what is the name of the medal in the last post?

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.

Best wishes,
Peter Anthony
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Thanks for the info.:) Yeah, it looks very nice.

andrewlee10 wrote:
Pandacollector wrote:
Stark wrote:

Peter, what is the name of the medal in the last post?

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.

Best wishes,
Peter Anthony
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It is a series.... the silver look great

Is this from the same series? (or silver has different obverse):
http://forums.silverstackers.com/topic- … medal.html


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#13 2016-12-26 16:11:32

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

andrewlee10 wrote:

It is a series.... the silver look great

Is this from the same series? (or silver has different obverse):
http://forums.silverstackers.com/topic- … medal.html

Same subject, but different source. The one in my photo is from the Shenyang Mint.

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#14 2016-12-26 16:55:57

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Pandacollector wrote:
andrewlee10 wrote:

It is a series.... the silver look great

Is this from the same series? (or silver has different obverse):
http://forums.silverstackers.com/topic- … medal.html

Same subject, but different source. The one in my photo is from the Shenyang Mint.

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Hi Peter,

Can you please provide a picture (or link to a picture) of the other side. The side shown is stunning....but what about the other side?

Thanks.



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#15 2016-12-26 17:10:20

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mmissinglink wrote:

Hi Peter,

Can you please provide a picture (or link to a picture) of the other side. The side shown is stunning....but what about the other side?

Thanks.

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#16 2016-12-26 18:10:43

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

Very nice.  Who is the engraver?



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#17 2016-12-26 19:07:50

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

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Very nice.  Who is the engraver?



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The artist is Chang Huan. I don't know who the engraver was.

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#18 2017-01-02 17:38:39

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Finding a use for the photos.
Happy 2017 everyone!

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Peter Anthony
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#19 2017-01-05 00:03:59

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Re: Photographing the 2017 Panda

The medals which Peter post is a opera series by Shenyang Mint. 4 medals of whole series if not wrong. It has brass and silver version.

Brass is 1000 or 2000 mintage which I cannot remember.

The silver is damn expensive. Both brass and silver version hard to come across good quality because Shenyang Mint has issue of the pouch at early year which damage the medals quality.

Generally Big medal has no cap so inappropriate pouch will damage the item. what a pity

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