Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More scans: Allium Bulgaricum

The weather is still quite nasty - snow changing to rain with slush everywhere and I haven't been able to take photos of the conifers yet so I've posted scans of the spent flowers of the Allium Bulgaricum taken last year. The Allium Bulgaricum flowers are quite interesting because the flower buds are down facing but slowly rise as the flowers open and rise even further when the flowers close.

The upraised form of the dried flowers remind me of Egyptian paintings of papyrus. The last picture is a 100% crop of the previous one. Water droplets are clearly visible on the scanner glass surface.

I messed around with the template of the blog again and somehow managed to cram the sidebar right next to the photos. I'll have to do more tweaking to correct this unsightly formatting, grrrr.





10 Comments:

Blogger kate said...

Hi Ki,

These scans are hauntingly beautiful. I enlarged each of the photographs so I could see them more clearly. I love the look of these. The detail of each flowerhead is amazing.

I just went to look at the Instructable site - I'm a member there. I love this site. I was fascinated with what the creator of the pictures was doing. The results were really interesting. I immediately thought of what it might look like to add some watercolours. Could you let me know if you try?

I don't have any cheap photo paper, but I will buy some. I'd like to try this. I think it would look great with some flower photographs. It's so simple too.

8:12 PM  
Blogger theysaywordscanbleed said...

those allium bulgaricum flowers looks so much like fancy chandeliers.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
I happened to stumble upon the Instructable site only recently. It's amazing how inventive people are.
I bought some cut rate Staples photo paper several years ago - the ink smeared using that paper so I have several sheets left over but I kept it any way and now I have cheap paper to use! I knew it would be useful one day. :) Cost of ink will be the deterrent in trying to make too many water color photos. I'll post some results if I ever try the process.

Dust and pollen are troublesome when doing scans. No matter how carefully I dust the glass and shake off the flowers, specks of dust are inevitable. This means a lot of post processing using a photo editor to remove the dust if you want to print the image. But the images are so clear it makes for nice reference material. Thanks for your comment.



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Hi Theysaywordscanbleed,

Wouldn't that make a great chandelier? You have a creative mind.
Industrial designers can surely be inspired much more if they looked at natural objects more frequently. Elegant forms exist everywhere. Thanks for your comment.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Oh! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

These have such a somber beauty about them! bravo!!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks MSS. The forms are quite elegant and seemingly made for the scanner.

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The color is restrained and the structure simple yet complex at the same time. Which makes me think that dead and dried camellia flowers have the same characteristics and would make a good scanning subjects. I'll post some scans of them as soon as I collect the blossoms and do the scans. Thanks for your comment Jessica.

5:06 PM  
Blogger joey said...

Great shots! You and your camera have become great friends, Ki ...

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,

The images are made on a scanner rather than with a camera. The problem with a scanner is you have to cut the flowers and bring it in to place on the scanner bed while the camera can take photos of the flowers in-situ. It would be great if I could take the scanner outdoors so I wouldn't have to cut the flowers. :) ;(

7:42 PM  
Blogger heirloomgardener said...

Those are beautiful--how did you do that?

7:59 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

I Heirloomgardener,

Thanks. I posted several articles earlier last year and you can see them in the 04/2007-05/2007 archives. Scroll down the page and you'll see extensive articles with links on how to do the scans. You essentially just place flowers on a flat bed scanner and do a scan preferably in a dark room if you want a black background.

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5:38 PM  

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