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Old 11-19-2014, 02:33 PM
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Scanner Art

After I posted a scanner art photo in the Pub, Lorell suggested I start a scanner Art thread. It is quite easy to scan items and make a photo from them. Just place items on the scanner in a pleasing arrangement. If you want a white BG leave lid closed. If you want a black BG scan in a darkened room and leave lid open. Take into your photo editing software and adjust. Quite simple. Here are a couple I have done. The first is a thin slice of apple and a seed. The second are some leaves. Try it out and post your ART in this thread.



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Thanks Rich for starting this. Looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:29 PM
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Your welcome Lorell.
Thanks Mary, give it a try.
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Ah yes, Rich, I like the high key look of the apple core with seeds.

I recall when I first saw this, I was blown away.
If you have not tried this technique, you got to give it a try.
It is so simple and you'll be amazed at the clarity. If you have something flat like Rich's leaves or apple slice then all will be in focus, otherwise there is a fall-off in clarity. A nice shallow DOF.

This one was taken at 300 dpi.
I grabbed a flower to use for my first scan, and while scanning the flower I saw the Coconut Bay wine bottle and thought, "hey, this would make a good image". What do you think?

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Old 11-19-2014, 05:39 PM
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I like it...I would have never thought of scanning a bottle.
Very Avant Garde!
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Re: Scanner Art

I'm seriously thinking of trying to do a doogie paw or two,
jes haven't figured out how to hold them still long enuf.....

love the bottle as well as the leefz and apple

interesting thread this will be
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Nice ones, Rich. The leaves are wonderful. The apple is very good. I would scan it high resolution and hang in the kitchen. Lorell, your bottle looks just like you used a lensbaby!! Who knew? My scanner didn't produce anything decent last night...it has such a small depth of field!! I looked online, and I see people make whole bouquets of flowers, I don't know how they did it! Also, my "open" door scan did not produce a black background, kinda grey....hmmm....so I now went into my box of dried leaves from my long gone Bradford Pair tree.....been dried in a box for about 6 years!! Color didn't fade because no light? Tried it on white and on Black (pieces of paper behind leaves......even then had to cut out the background and darken it with a pail of black paint! ) Still, even with the flat leaves, some areas did not come into focus, where the leaves overlapped. Your scanner must be a very good one, Rich!!



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These are still good, Natalie.
I like the rich warm tones in the one with the black background.
I remember looking at scanner art on the web, there are some spectacular creations.
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Re: Scanner Art

Me thinks you are being too critical of your work. I took the black BG one into Photoshop and did a levels adjustment on them. That really made the leaves glow, and pop.

To get a black BG the room must be dark. Scan them at night. Maybe your oyster white ceiling is reflecting back some light. When you scan try holding a black piece of cardboard or paper over the scanner to block the reflected light.

My scanner is a stand alone one that is quite old. I bought it to scan slides to digital. It is an Epson 2480 photo scanner. I have had it for at least 10 years.
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Re: Scanner Art

Cant wait to try this. Not sure my old scanner will work anymore with windoze 7.
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dudley, I was looking back at some of post from 9-10 years ago and ran across your comments. Didn't remember you as one of the "old timers" on here. Should have though looking at your join date. See on the daily you are under the weather today. As they say at Walgreen's, stay well. Then I want to say "I'm trying!
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hi rich,
i like the scanned leaves. reminds me somewhat of a moholy-nagy photogram.
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:57 PM
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Thanks Dwain. I had to look up moholy-nagy photogram. Here is a link for others to check it out. Might give someone an idea.

EDIT: After reading about him on Wikipedia that is something I used to do in the darkroom. Not to much as it was to avant-garde for the camera club!
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Re: Scanner Art

Cool to find a scanography thread here! I've been using this technique for about eight years now, though usually hang out in the Florals and Botanicals forum due to my subject matter. Here's a fairly recent efforts:



I named this "Seasonings" because of the peppered leaves. They only lasted one day like this, had withered to brown the next.

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