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I took this picture on my point and shoot camera. The same one as the camera I used to take the picture of my dogs' eye. I edited the back of the coin by blurring the back end of the 2p coin, and sharpened the front.
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Not sure of your intention here. The image looks very flat and monotone - I think, if you were going to make something of this you needed dramatic composition and lighting.
Why sharpen the front and blur the back?
Its a good competent close up shot Kieran, with good sharp detail in the area you havent blurred. I suspect you were after a shallow depth of field effect, and it works.
It can stand out better if the background is a different tone to the penny, - try a piece of black velvet works great for these shots.
Ive loaded mod1 with the background lighter and brighter, the coin more contrast just to bring it out of the background. Mod2 shows it off a little more with a large frame. Bu I would try the black and experiment, - I think you have the focusing and camera setting down well, just practice on presentation.
I changed the colour balance and slightly sharpened the coin only in the first mod.
In the second I blurred the front and back of the image so only the focussed areas were untouched by the Gaussian blur. This was done on a separate layer and using the Reflected Gradient tool in PS.
In the third I selected the background and lightened it using the Screen blending mode then lowering the opacity using the opacity slider.
I think the original photo shows too much of a yellow colour cast. You need to set the white balance in the camera to an artificial light setting or shoot using the RAW format so you can change it in camera raw.
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