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"Surprise from a Penny Jar"
tfarrell23


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Challenge: Serendipity (Basic Editing I)
Collection: 2004
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Home
Date: Apr 20, 2004
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2004

My Brother throws his pennies in a jar...(The Ultimate Penny..1909s VDB Lincoln Cent...$450.00 USD

Macro Shot
Natural Light
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Slight Curves
Slight Sharpened
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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.3630
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.1792
Avg (non-participants): 6.4743
Views since voting: 3998
Votes: 281
Comments: 41
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/09/2004 05:29:05 AM
technically perfect but I find the subject a bit boring.
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04/29/2004 03:10:09 AM
One more thing, Serendipity: when you are lucky and find something interesting or valuable by chance. That being said It would in fact BE serendipitous to find THIS "cent" in a penny jar.
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04/29/2004 03:01:12 AM
Hey, that's a good score! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was a 10. It IS in great shape, what maybe VF40 or EF45?

Message edited by author 2004-04-29 03:01:42.
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04/28/2004 09:54:36 PM
Quite the example of numismatic serendipity! I hope I'm in that good condition when I'm 95. Congrats on both the shot and the find ... maybe I should go check my penny jar.
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04/28/2004 06:06:34 PM
simple yet very nice

now if more people can take direction like you and those who placed near you.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2004 11:58:37 PM
perfect lighting and well captured. A real standout in a common type of picture here.
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04/27/2004 05:14:23 PM
This is a nice abstract compositon. I have no complaints about it on a technical or aesthetic level. However, it doesn't really meet the criteria for serendipity. I'm not surprised to see the 1909 penny in this photo because it is a carefully composed shot that was obviously planned. The finding of the penny may have been a serendipitous event for the owner but that feeling doesn't carry over into this photo.
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04/27/2004 02:54:37 PM
One of the few really exceptionally well done shots in this challenge. Congrats! 10
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04/27/2004 12:18:43 PM
I acutally found one of these in my uncle's penny jar when I was a kid - the best kind, a 1909S VDB
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04/27/2004 04:25:55 AM
Serendipity is a difficult concept to visualize. For me it means being at the right place, at the right time, and being lucky enough to capture something unique. Some of these entries are set up shots trying to illustrate that concept, and some record a serendipitous moment experienced by the photographer themselves. This is a particularly good example of the former. It's beautifuly composed and photographed. However, I'm not sure what's so serendipitous about a 1909 penny. Would this be more meaningful to a coin collecter?
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04/26/2004 03:41:04 PM
Absolutely amasing macro shot. The sharpness, lighting and DOF are amasing. Nicely done.
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04/26/2004 03:12:39 PM
this is what a still life should look like.....although I would prefer to see the coins a little more random.....
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04/26/2004 06:38:35 AM
ok. now put it back the rare ones collection rack ;-)
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04/25/2004 10:15:27 PM
Isn't the SVBD the one worth the BIG bucks??? I think I am showing my age now, I remember my dad always talking about that coin. Anyway thanks for the memories, and nice clear capture
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04/25/2004 10:02:27 PM
Now, if this penny has a VDB on the back, it's a REAL find! Nice job.
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04/25/2004 03:46:51 PM
It's a good picture, but as a non American the significance of this coin is totally lost on me.
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04/25/2004 01:17:26 PM
Surprising amount of colour variation here. Sharp, good picture.
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04/24/2004 02:13:18 AM
My favourite money photo... very nice. Excellent focus, and the idea is different. Very pleasing to look at.
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04/23/2004 11:58:16 PM
NICE!!! I think this really captures the idea. From the photography point of view, i like how you have the other pennies more in focus, thus creating the illusion that it's still just one out of many, and that one just happend to turn up. Pity you didn't just happen to find a VDB one.
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04/23/2004 09:31:33 PM
I guess one needs to be a coin collector to "get" the valuable coin. Nice sharp focus. Good use of the various colors, but one "perfect and shiny" penny could have made a double serendipity.
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04/23/2004 02:41:20 PM
Lighting, composition and framing are all top notch. Very high technical quality. A top three image in my opinion.
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04/23/2004 12:47:16 PM
A very interesting take on the idea of serendipity. I like the composition, though I wish not all the pennies were showing their obverse side, though I can understand that you wanted to show that they weren't wheat pennies. Nice color balance. Very coppery.
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04/22/2004 09:58:44 PM
Great photo. I love the color and composition. As a collector, I know what a nice suprise this would be :)
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04/22/2004 06:06:54 PM
Nice clear focus, who would've thought pennies were so coloful!
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04/22/2004 04:19:45 PM
very nice. though this was obviously staged, it depicts a situation that actually happens, unlike most of the others involving money... 8
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04/22/2004 02:55:43 PM
I actually found a Buffalo nickel in the coin tray in my car during this competition. I was going to try to do a very similar picture to this with the nickel, but time crunch got the better of me. Nice picture. One of the few images this week that I see really matches the theme.
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04/22/2004 11:29:32 AM
VDB? Nice interpretation...
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04/22/2004 10:04:48 AM
Nice shot! Good and crisp, and the various colors of pennies make it interesting.
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04/22/2004 05:17:46 AM
nice close up and composition - 9
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04/21/2004 07:31:17 PM
I like the tonal range in the choice of copper colors. Did you pick these particual pennies or were they randomly chosen? I also like the placement of the "heads up" penny and the angle of teh shot. It looks like they're sliding off the page. Just enough of a strange perspective to be interesting. Great shot.
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04/21/2004 06:58:43 PM
this is well done! excellent lighting and dof with the surprise on top.
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04/21/2004 03:50:31 PM
cool. 7
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04/21/2004 01:41:08 PM
Very nice macro, love the color, you should be in the top 5. I give you a 10
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04/21/2004 12:11:54 PM
FYI: If there is a V.D.B. on the reverse side of that coin (bottom edge), you've basically got yourself enough for a new camera. As far as the picture is concerned, I really like the composition and the ighting is perfect. Nothing is overexposed and there are no distracting shadows. Nice idea.
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04/21/2004 11:53:16 AM
Hmmm. The only way this could really be serendipity is that the owner of the pennies wanted to trade them in for bills or larger denomination coins, and chose an extraordinarily honest numismatist as the 'banker'. Hopefully others will "get" what this particular coin represents. And, hopefully the coin is YOURS. Photographically, I applaud everything about the shot -l focus, color, crop, and composition. A 10 from me.
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04/21/2004 09:26:47 AM
yup ... this is the best one ... 10
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04/21/2004 04:05:53 AM
Totally dig it. Great texture.
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04/21/2004 04:01:45 AM
Great idea! I don't see the 'VDB"....
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04/21/2004 12:47:49 AM
I'm not sure why, but a lot of shots in every challenge have pennies. I like this shot because its'a bit different than normal (with pennies just laying about and one is silver or something), but you may find others in DPChallenge vote lower because it's a shot that is seen a lot in DP Challenge. Good luck though.
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04/21/2004 12:28:26 AM
Nice capture. Could be made even better if other pennies had years showing, proving that this one is truly a good discovery. Good job.
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