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Hey There Mr. Lincoln by ElaineSelene Hey There Mr. Lincoln by ElaineSelene
:twocents: Hey There Mr. Lincoln! The Man Is On The Penny! :twocents:

This is a photograph of Lincoln on the tails side of the penny sitting in the Lincoln memorial.

I used the reverse lens macro technique.

Here is a photograph of my set up:

The equipment is:
Camera: Pentax K-r (dslr)
Lens 1 (attached to camera): SMC Pentax-DAL 1:4-5.8 55-300mm ED
Lens 2: Reversed lens (masking taped to the end of the first lens): 50mm Cannon lens (for the Cannon film camera A-1)

Other Data! :camera:
Aperture value/f-stop: (Lens 1): f/5.6
Aperture for Lens 2: 1.4
Shutter speed: 3.0 seconds
Camera Mode: Shutter Priority
Focal Length (lens 1): 190.0mm
Focal Length (lens 2):
ISO: 200
Center Weighted Metering
NO flash (external or internal) at all.

Date & Time taken: May-14-2011 at 13:43:48-05:00 central time.

The process:
I had my camera set up with my zoom lens and then I used masking tape to mount the second lens on the first backwards.
I set a lamp up on the surface in-front of where my camera (mounted on a tripod) was leaning over.
I put the penny on a sheet of black paper with the light shining sideways/down onto it.
All I had to do then was focus and shoot.

Fun fact:
The width of a penny is 75% of an inch.
The width of Lincoln in the memorial on the tails side of the penny is less than 1/3 of a millimeter!!!

:bulletred: Attention!
In my defence I'm adding that if you examine a penny under this sort of magnification you will see that what shows up in my picture is for the most part, not noise. Examin a penny at this level of detail. Copper has facets to it's structure.
Wikipedia says: "extended defects to the crystal lattice, such as grain boundaries... Copper [most commonly comes in] fine-grained polycrystalline form..." and that it's crystal structure is "face-centered cubic".
The same facets can even be seen at this magnification: [link]

:twocents: Why I chose a penny for this contest (a bit of a riddle/poem I wrote...)
Their in your wallet, your pocket, your purse
If found on the ground you get luck for a day
Our 16th president is imortilized in bas-relief on its face
Bet if you'll see him, flip and call heads or call tails
"E pluribus unum"
In one cent we trust.

A.K.A. pennies are everywhere. Everyone in the US has them. Personally, I think shiny new pennies are beautiful, but there you have it. I like anything shiny... :heart:

Thanks for reading my extensively detailed artist comments... :XD:
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SteveMcClelland Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
ElaineSelene Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you :? (if that was a complement?)
SteveMcClelland Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Compliment meant, I never deride any ones work.:-)
ElaineSelene Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Photographer
:aww: Thank you. :)
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May 16, 2011
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