The name and procedures are mine. They resulted
from a whimsical wonder about how a fern frond would scan. Because
of the morphological depth in live material further attempts with
aroid leaves and flowers proved to present problems with the flat
bed cover that led to softer and more flexible ones.
This scan involves three cultivars of Colocasia
affinis jenningsii. The flower is of the all black one. The
silver centered one is of a recent Thai/Burma collection. Anyone
who can offer cultivar names to any or all would be appreciated.
I had the best results when using a white muslin
cloth as it proved to be the most adaptable. Even so, scanning Passiflora
flowers were unsuccessful because the weight of the flower distorted
the pistils and the stamens. Additional experiments overcame that
by suspending them, that then required a different box like cover.
For simple scans with leaves and somewhat complex flowers the cloth
is most reliable.
To achieve the best presentation, thought should
be given to composition and most importantly selecting the best
possible material. Freshness and flawlessness are critical. This
can present a problem when some materials are available and others
chosen for the scan are not. It is much the same in photography.
Remember that the scanner orients in a particular
way. For mine the top is the bottom of a page, and items must be
arranged accordingly. In some cases it can be a reverse process.
Once you have done a few it will be natural and make for an easy
arrangement. Cloths of different color and texture were used with
varying results. Artistic differences can be advantageous
Once the items are placed on the scanner, with
the natural top removed, arrange the material, cover with the cloth
and proceed. Should any item be accidentally moved simply adjust
it and rescan before saving or printing. This is an effective way
of showing real dimensions, color and depth of plant materials.
It can be useful for a variety of purposes that I probably have
not considered. It is fun. Give it a try.
This page was created by Scott
Hyndman for the I.A.S.
on July 30, 2001.