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Looking For Feedback And Suggestions For Capturing Flyspecking Images

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Posted 07/11/2022   4:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add essay_proof to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@Rev, what struck me is how the photographs reveal ink depth/thickness. That kind of dimensionality is usually lost with scanning.
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Posted 07/12/2022   09:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lackemacher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use the Epson V500 as well but never go beyond 1200 dpi. I think someone told me that above that the computer interprets the scan. I can say that the Smithsonian scans of proof sheets are no where the quality of the photos they used to provide. ie the R70 foreign entry appears as a solid line on the photo and only as a string of dots on the scan. Obviously I don't understand any of the workings here, Dick Celler came over one day and told me what buttons to push but it works for me.
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Posted 07/14/2022   07:23 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some refinement. The circular polarizing filter didn't do diddly squat, so I went out and bought me a poor man's diffuser: a white fabric lamp shade from Goodwill for $2.99. It definitely changes the nature of the image, but I'm not entirely sure it's for the better. It eliminates the reflectivity from the surfaces and makes it a more 2D image, but there's also a bit of lost detail in my opinion.

While I aesthetically prefer the non-diffused images, I think that when it comes to pointing out plate varieties the diffused images may be easier to dissect; fewer distractions.

No differences in camera position, settings, or focus; the only difference is placement of the lamp shade around the stamp.

Which surface characteristics do you prefer and why?

Note: Different stamp from the above images.


Non-diffused (no lamp shade). Full image (will need to click to view full size):





Diffused (lamp shade around stamp).





Crop 1 not diffused (no lamp shade):





Crop 1 diffused (with lamp shade):





Crop 2 not diffused (no lamp shade):





Crop 2 diffused (with lamp shade):

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Posted 07/14/2022   07:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lackemacher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rev. Crop 2 no lamp shade clearly shows doubling of lines above and below the word "TWO" , not so much with the lamp shade.
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