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19 Sep 2020

The Agony and Delight of Axial Photography

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Over the last few weeks, I haven't had much time to write blogs. This is because I've been working on my photography skills and, in particular, axial photography. I have learned a lot, and now I have several excellent examples of coins photographed using axial photography.

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09 May 2020

Coin Photography – The Trouble with Proofs

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In a spoof on the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles" I'm posting the next blog in my series on coin photography, "The Trouble with Proofs." Proof coins because of their highly reflective surfaces present somewhat of a problem in photography, throw in a domed proof coin and you practically have photography mayhem!

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27 Apr 2020

Coin Photography-The Equipment

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I have finally laid out how this series on photography will be structured. This post will go into the equipment and some of the settings I use. That will be followed by comparative pictures of shutter speeds and lighting sources using the 1937 Spanish peseta from my previous post.

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26 Apr 2020

My Series on Coin Photography is Bigger than I Thought

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…And as a result, I’m going to shift gears and attack it from a different angle. Preparing these posts for my series on coin photography is one of the biggest challenges to my writing that I have faced. After the last post on the importance of proper white balance, I realized that my writing was bordering on the technical and less on my personal writing style.

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15 Apr 2020

If Location, Location, Location is Critical to Real Estate…

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…Then lighting, lighting, lighting is critical to photography. I find it ironic that the least expensive piece of my set-up is also the most critical. For example, two desk lamps valued at $10.00 each when I bought them ($25.00 now) have given me some of the most phenomenal results! With photography as it is with numismatics, the sky is the limit on spending. However, there are thrifty ways to take good pictures especially when the least expensive piece of equipment is also the most important! If your lighting is correct, you can get good results from just about any digital camera mounted on a copy stand. Hopefully, this post will help you to take better pictures of your coins!

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11 Apr 2020

Excellent Photographs vs. Doctored Photographs

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Within the numismatic community there is a healthy debate about what constitutes a doctored photograph and what is acceptable. How doctoring is defined is especially important when it comes to listing photos. That said, I am a firm believer in putting my best foot forward. That is, making the pictures of my coins look their best within my personally defined parameters.

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21 Nov 2019

How Did I Get Here?

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Numismatics has always been an obsession with me. It’s either all in or all out. While I have been able to maintain an even keel on almost all my sets, it has not been easy as she goes with my new custom set, “The Beginning, Dependability, and End of the Spanish Peseta.”

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08 Aug 2019

Summertime Fun

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Every year in August my local coin club sponsors a picnic for the members of the club. Out of a total of just over 100 members, 20-30 people typically come out to the picnic along with their spouses. The club supplies the meat and drink and the members bring a dish to pass. If you have good people and good food you usually have a good time.

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11 Oct 2015

Exception Clauses in My Collection

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There are those collectors who will under no circumstances have details graded coins, medals, and tokens in their collections. Then there are collectors like me who will make exceptions for them under certain conditions.

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23 Jul 2015

A Couple of Freebies

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With all my recent coin purchases, I had racked up quite a few E-Bay Bucks. Thus, I was able to upgrade two coins in my 7070 type set based solely on E-Bay Bucks. With the remaining balance I bought a Conder Token for my seated-imagery custom set at a 32% discount.

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