Friday, April 20, 2007

More Flower Scans and information

Using a combination of flowers creates a fuller scan which seems to be more effective than of single species, essentially creating a bouquet or flower arrangement.

Here's an interesting explanation of how scanners work and why scans shouldn't be considered a photograph.

I Googled scanning flowers to see how many people were doing scans and was lead to several sites. I've listed them below and you can click on each link to see examples of their work.

Sonia, Leaves of Grass blog scans of flowers, Portugal

A bit of history on Katinka Matson's scanner art.

And more scans by Katinka Matson with a photo of her
Click on pages at the site map.
scanner photography by patri feher

Dick Hilker

Roger Johnson


Dawn Campbell

Ellis Hollow

Even HP has a website with 3D scanning instructions


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

First you get me all enthusiastic, Ki and then drop this killer sentence don't try it with a Canoscan.

Guess I'm stuck with my LED light source, no depth-of-field and no excuse to buy a bag of M&M's.

I hope Pam/Digging will do it so I can see how the Texas flowers look.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

9:01 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

That's what I read somewhere Annie. There's so much misinformation out there, why don't you give it a try, maybe it will work? Of course you'll have to get that bag of M&Ms for the test.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

OK, Annie and Ki, I gave it a try tonight, though not with Texas flowers yet. I think it'll be fun for a few times, then back to real cameras.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Ki... you really went to town on these scans! Very cool looking. I agree, it is easy to setup. When I did mine, it took just 5 minutes to get started, scan a few flowers and have some cool looking pictures, like with regular photography. Then, as with photography, there are those with a keen eye and better equipment who will produce masterpieces.

Great info. I'm going to try again in the summer with more flowers.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Pam, I stopped by your site and the nest and eggs scan is just terrific! Art for sure. Amazing. Be interested to see what you do with the Texas flowers.

Carol, thanks for the kind words. Yes I can't wait until more flowers and plant are available. Please share your scans with us.

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Ellis Hollow said...

Ki: re: Your mail message...

I used a PrimaScan Colorado 2400u. The first test scan I did at work a couple years ago was with a Canoscan, and it seemed to work just fine.

I'm sure that higher end scanners with particular features can give superior results. But for 'web quality' images, I think you can use just about anything.

My April bloom day scan is here:

4:36 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I hope you continue scanning flowers - they are great to look at. You have a good eye for selecting interesting combinations of colour and flower material.

I wonder if my scanner would work. Hmmm... will give it a go one of these days!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Ellis Hollow,
Thanks for the information about the Canoscan. Annie in Austin should be glad to hear that it will work. I noticed that Canon seemingly makes two types of scanners, using a flourescent light source or an LED light source. There was mention that the LEDs didn't provide enough light to produce 3D scans but I don't know if that bit of info is true. The only way to find out is to try it.

I haven't heard of a Primascan, only the more common, Epson, HP, Canon and Microtek but it does a great job of 3D scans. Fun to play around with scans and see what you come up with. Thanks for the info.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate, I just cut off (reluctantly) branches of flowering plants and sort of arranged them as if they were growing rather than as single flower specimens. The credit is due to their inherent photogenic quality of the plants as I didn't spend very much time in arranging the flowers. The preview feature before making the actual scan is a great help in composition. As it was, I only made minor changes to my original set up, only if a flower seemed way out of position.

It's really very easy to do. And the results are astoundingly good for the amount of time spent. You should definitely try it. It's a lot of fun. The only downside is that you have to cut the flowers from your garden if you do flower scans.:(

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Ellis Hollow said...

Ki: I think the PrimaScan was a cast off that someone gave us. My point was, you shouldn't let brand keep you from giving it a try.

And I agree about the hard part being cutting the flowers to bring them in. It hurts me no end.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

What a resource you are! I'm like all the others in thinking yours are turning out so well!

We have Dell all in one thing upstairs...I'm only thinking, mind you.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

It's very easy to do Gotta Garden. Just throw on some flowers and scan. You don't even have to place the cover over the flowers. Your scanner probably has a preview feature so just look at the composition and rearrange the flowers if they don't look right then preview again until you have it right. When everything's fine do the final scan and save as a jpeg file.

Once you see your first scan you'll be amazed at the results. Trouble is you may spend too much time doing this rather than more important things.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Wonderful flowers! You did a good job!

Thanks for add my blog's link!
But I am from BRAZIL, not from Portugal.

Have a nice weekend!

10:46 PM  

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