Scanning Leaves

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By Bill Dembowski

Preserving plants by pressing and drying them was very popular among amateur naturalists in the Victorian era. Today it is done mostly in a craft environment. Although much more convenient, photography runs a poor second in terms of consistent quality so I tried using a flatbed scanner. The results were quite satisfactory. I used 800 dpi, which gave excellent resolution but without any of the artifacts of digital photography.

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

About William Dembowski

I am retired and now free to pursue my true life’s work as a science jock. I have a domed astronomical observatory in my backyard, a microbiology lab in one spare bedroom, and a photographic studio in another (ooops, that’s art not science).
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