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Taken 2-Mar-08
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Keywords:Strobist, Penny, 1 Cent, Double Duty
Photo Info

Dimensions4200 x 2800
Original file size3.51 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUnknown
Date taken3-Mar-08 04:03
Date modified26-Oct-10 22:28
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 30D
Focal length100 mm
Exposure1/10 at f/22
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
ISO speedISO 200


Lighting 102, Double Duty Strobe Assignment. I have been wanting to shoot coin spinning and freeze it with a strobe for some time. I tried that here, but let me tell you it is easier to balance a penny on its edge--which is what I finally did here. I got balancing act to work several times, but Honest Abe was looking down, so I filed a flat spot on the edge of the penny where I wanted the it to balance--worked like a charm.

Simple setup, I have an SB-26 on the right side firing into the penny, you can see the star burst where it hits the edge--I had to get just the right angle for that without hitting the table, or the penny would fall. After a few test shots I put a black gobo on the table in front of the flash so the table would go dark, except for where light was reflected onto it.

Light that passes the penny hits a wall of aluminum foil which bunced soft, difuse light back at President Lincoln. From there the fiarly shiny copper penny bounced light down onto the table and I positioned that in the frame so it would give me a horizontal lead in line. Canon 30D, 100mm Macro Lens