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Sun Worship

I wasn't going to post this because it's not exactly how I wanted it to look (I should have used a black background) but the medallion is back in Hannover, out of reach.  Rats!

BUT, I at least was able to play with the lighting on the medal from when I took the pic (last week in Hannover) to make it look like the sun was bursting on the Stonehenge scene (last 2 pics).  After all, that's what this historic monument seems to be all about:  the Sun!

These medallions (1.25 in./3.5cm in diameter) are in those tourist machines where you put in your Euro and out pops the medal.  In the same way we collect pinched pennies here in the States, we collect these medallions in Europe wherever we find them.  We have 17 of them thus far.

Thus ends my Stonehenge jaunt.



Sun Worship

I wasn't going to post this because it's not exactly how I wanted it to look (I should have used a black background) but the medallion is back in Hannover, out of reach.  Rats!

BUT, I at least was able to play with the lighting on the medal from when I took the pic (last week in Hannover) to make it look like the sun was bursting on the Stonehenge scene (last 2 pics).  After all, that's what this historic monument seems to be all about:  the Sun!

These medallions (1.25 in./3.5cm in diameter) are in those tourist machines where you put in your Euro and out pops the medal.  In the same way we collect pinched pennies here in the States, we collect these medallions in Europe wherever we find them.  We have 17 of them thus far.

Thus ends my Stonehenge jaunt.



comments (26)

Wow. I like what you've done with this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen.
  • Mia
  • 16 Mar 2007, 00:47
I got a couple of similar ones, but somehow all of them are oval in shape? This is a nice macro, Ginnie... I like the colours and sharpness a lot.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Mia, the pinched pennies we get are oval and are very thin compared to these medallions. These aren't pinched/pressed/elongated coins, which may be the difference? Thanks for your comment.
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 16 Mar 2007, 01:36
Very well framed grin

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Suby. smile
it's beautiful. I think of it of it as something so large but it's so cool it's a macro shot of a super small coin. And I know how much you like collecting this type of stuff!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you do know that about me, Jen. I'm such a glutton. smile
I love the way the lighting has been done on the medallion Ginnie. Though on the background, I'm not sure if using black would have helped, I mean even the blue looks fabulous, but for the extra light on the top left corner. I would have liked the light on the medallion to stay as is, with the background being in the lower right shade.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Thomas, about wishing the entire background could either be black or the color in the lower righthand corner. But I don't yet have a clue how to "fix" that in PS! One of these days I will. Thanks for you kind comment.
Ginnie, nice framing, perfectly placed. The black background would have been great though.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sarthak. That's what I think. smile
  • dotun
  • 16 Mar 2007, 04:34
I like the details and framing of this shot, have a nice weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Dotun. You, too!
  • Robs
  • 16 Mar 2007, 06:09
I think that blue and gold in your picture are awesome. Great macro, very nice light. I would be curious to see it with black background because I cannot imagine doing better than this! smile Wouldn't you lose details of the shadow using black background? Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: You are a sweetheart, Rob. I have used black backgrounds before that when put up against this black page, the object looks like it's just sitting there on its own. That was the effect I wanted, like in this pic:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/62148.htm
Really beautifull Ginnie... Perfect colors and details.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland.
waou, very very nice Ginnie.
have a great week end.
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Frederic, and you, too!
This will make a great postcard !!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That's sweet, Shakara. Thank you.
great lightinh.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Hi Ginnie, That's very lightful and the textures are ok. Should be heavy, no ?
Ginnie Hart: No, not too heavy, Florence. Well, it's like an over-sized coin, so in that sense, yes.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 16 Mar 2007, 11:37
Admit, Ginnie, it had to stay "maize and blue"! (U of M colors)

Great detail!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well now that you say THAT, Ruth, I guess I need to stick with it as is smile Thanks for the thought.
Very nice macro, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Martin. I know you're loving Japan, as we speak!
WOW, lovely textures on your picture and I think this navy blue is much better than any black you can possibly get... This way it looks like sun on blue sky! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are so sweet, Monika. Thanks. Maybe I won't change a thing after all!
Hi Gramma Ginn. Very nice memento and you have the photograph for insurance if required!! The b/g, ach, I will leave that to others to debate!The main thing is, you have basically got what you wanted. Hoping you and the clan have an awesome weekend. Many kind regards, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: Very carefully stated, Mr. Neil. smile Thank you kindly! You, too, have a great weekend.
I don't think the background looks bad at all. Actually, the colors are great! An the light effect that you worked on payed off: sunny Stonehenge!
Ginnie Hart: You;re a sweetheart, Samira. Thanks!
  • Paul
  • 16 Mar 2007, 16:08
what a nice momento - you'll have to show us the full collection
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. That's an idea! Thanks, Paul.
  • Ellie
  • 16 Mar 2007, 19:30
I quite like the background as it is, I think the combination of the shades blue against the golden colour of the coin looks lovely. The colours in the coin/medal are wonderful smile

You might have been able to get it all black by c/p the coin onto a black blank picture.
Ginnie Hart: Do I know what you mean, Ellie, to c/p the coin--how do you separate it from the original background??? Sometimes I feel so stupid!

But thanks for your vote of confidence! As always.
I think you did a great job. I like the warm gleam on the medal.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ms. Julia.
Not seen one of these before Ginnie - well done on the macro. smile
Ginnie Hart: We're like kids whenever we find them, Chris. Glad you got to see one here. smile
  • Ellie
  • 17 Mar 2007, 00:51
Hi Ginnie smile
You could draw round the coin, then copy the bit you've drawn round and paste it into a new image. When you open a blank image you can choose the colour of the background, so you could make it black and drop the coin onto it, wherever you want it to be. smile
Ginnie Hart: Ahh. Thanks for the "lesson," Ellie. Now, if I can figure it out! sad
I like this one, Ginnie. An extreme close up.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Mar 2007, 18:56
Come now Ginnie - if you can figure it out. tongue I've seen you doing quite some stuff - copy paste shouldn't be so difficult.

Alternative, create a background layer with uniform black, multiply, change colour on the coin layer to lighter colour and merge down. There are a few other techniques, but this one has caught my attention for the moment. What I have done with the moon on monday 12th.

As far as I am concerned this picture is good enough with the background and you have succeeded in portraying the sun thing. Makes it a great picture.
Ginnie Hart: I am either very dumb right now or I just don't have a clue, Louis, because I have never figured out how to change a background, ever, except by using Levels to make them darker or lighter! I clearly need someone to show me because I've never gotten it!

Anyway, in the meantime, I do apprciate your vote of confidence with THIS background!
Nice gold piece - Is it dated from the same century than stonehenge ? smile
Ginnie Hart: Ha. NOT!

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