I am building a personal project out of money concepts. I’ve done several across the past couple of years it seems, and this is a project I can add to going forward.
I have a macro bellows, and I love that it lets me get in close, really close, to things. Sometimes things don’t look good in too close, and sometimes things are fascinating that way. I had remembered a news article about the currency re-design, and was reminded recently of the micro-printing that is on most currency in some fashion or another. I wanted to see if my camera with the bellows could see that micro-printing.
What followed was a fun exploration. I hope you enjoy it, too. More, after the jump.
Setting up the macro bellows and lens is an interesting combination of focus length / distance, and lighting your subject in tight spaces. As you can see in the setup photo here, the total distances are under six inches or so from the front of the lens, and the light source, to the subject. The light was set, if I recall correctly, to about ⅛ or ¼ power. That’s a lot of light in that close, but it works.
Here’s the rest of the series off of a twenty dollar bill. Enjoy.