JUNE 2012 – A battered Spanish 1-Euro coin shows the portrait of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón y Borbón – seemingly in tears. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
I took a number of macro photos of coins in my pocket, just for fun. One of the coins, a 1-Euro coin originally minted in Spain, showed the portrait of King Juan Carlos I. Now, this is hardly worth a note. However, when I inspected the coin closer for getting the focus right, I was irritated by a tear that was leading from the eye of the King across his cheek. That was the time after the first Euro crisis, and I thought this is a fantastic image. I looked up the actual images of new coins and sure enough – this tear is not part of the original mint.
Of course, this is just a damaged coin and you can see it from the other scratches on the coin, so there’s no deeper meaning behind it. Still, I like this image a lot. It’s a weird coincidence – taking a close-up shot of a randomly selected coin, getting a Spanish coin, and this coin showing a King in tears. Isn’t it?
The high resolution image
|Capture Date & Time||26-JUN-2012, 16:40|
|Camera||Canon EOS-1D Mark IV|
|Lens||Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM|
|Exposure||1/100 sec at f/2.8|
|Digital Image Source Format||Canon Camera RAW (CR2)|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||4684 x 3264 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|