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    This may have been discussed before, but I could not find an older thread in my search.

    Anyway, I noticed some of Gerry Monaghan's scanned flowers in the gallery and I posted some images I have made using scanned shells. Does anyone else scan objects like flowers, leaves....bugs?

    Does anyone know of any good tips or sites that discuss this? I have been using a couple methods for my scans of shells. One is to use a box with the inside painted black, placed over the object. This provides a nice, solid black background around the object and makes it easy to extract it from the background. I have also used a box with a bright white interior as a way to reflect some of the scanner light back down onto the object.

    If anyone has the latest National Geographic, there is an excellent article on moths and all of the moth photos were created using a flatbed scanner. The resulting images are breathtaking in their detail.

    I have attached one of my seashell scans. The shell measured just over 1 inch (25 millimeters).
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  • #2
    No words of wisdom here Greg. But it looks like you're doing some things right! Looks great!



    • #3
      that's great Greg, it looks more like a photo than as scan. Looks like you don't ned any help you've got it working well.


      • #4
        Hi Greg

        That is really interesting. I had no idea that you could scan objects with such clarity. I had built a small tent type device with a reflective surface to try to scan slides. I had no success the slide was always very dark. The moth idea sounds very interesting. I will watch for posts.




        • #5
          What do you need a tutorial for? From the looks of that shell you could write your own tutorial. That turned out very crisp. Excellent job. I will give your black and white box a try. I like the results and your are right, it does make it easy to remove from the background.


          • #6
            DJ, Sanda, Ed - Thanks for the nice compliments! I have been pretty happy with the results I am getting with my new scanner, but my old scanner was a nightmare when it came to scanning objects. Things had to be perfectly flat in order to get a sharp scan. I think flatbeds that have transparency capabilities have a greater depth of field than ones without. Does anyone have any technical knowledge about how to "trick" a scanner into increasing the depth of field?

            Jerry - I built one of those back when I had my first scanner (rest in peace poor Umax...). Like you, I had very little success! You should check out the National Geographic article. They caught literally hundreds of different species in 1 ordinary backyard. They scanned them all on a high-end flatbed and made 34"x48" prints. If I can catch a moth or a butterfly I will attempt to scan it and post it here...I'm just such a wimp when it comes to killing even little bugs.


            • #7
              Hi Greg,

              I have tried occasionally to scan a 3-dimensional object with my HP scanjet 5470C. The results were not bad considering it was a flatbed scanner. I used a flat black piece of paper and mounted it on the top of the scanner. You might find the following link helpful

              At the bottom are a few newsgroups that I have frequented and found very helpful.

              Let me know how it goes or if you want to see the results of my scanner.



              • #8
                Hmm...interesting experiment idea. Mount page full of text at 45-degree angle and put it on a scanner. Scan and examine depth of field. Change a setting, repeat. Repeat, repeat, repeat

                Compare with other scanners with the same test (maybe newspaper or something else with standard print). Perhaps even a grid could be made that adjusts for angle and displays distance in mm or inches, providing a standard if printed at 100% (maybe a non-angle-adjusted measurement tool could be included for verifying lack of scaling distortion).

                This could be a very original contribution here. Too bad I'm the unmotivated sort
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                • #9
                  Here is another link you may want to look at.

                  Using the principle of STEREOSCOPIC SCANNING, you can make your own 3D lenticular images with the LENTICULAR STARTER KIT.



                  • #10
                    Lisa - Thanks for the links! You should post some of your images.

                    Doug - That is a great idea! I decided to do a quick, very unscientific, measurement. Here is the setup I should be repeatable for just about anyone. I was pretty surprised at just how far out the scanner could focus.

                    oh...I was going to calculate all the angles but it seems that Trigonometry class has faded from my memory...sigh...
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                    • #11
                      Well, let's see...decent focus up to about the 4" mark, which would be 2", which would be 1/3 of the length, which (keeping angles constant) would make for a field depth of 2/3" (Or would it? My head hurts now).

                      Math, anyone?

                      Regardless, it was deeper than I imagined. Now the question is: can you make it deeper on the same scanner?
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                      • #12
                        Just for fun I looked for links:

                        Here's one, and here's another. Here's my search results.
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                        • #13
                          Good links! I'm not sure if there is a way to increase the depth of field except on very high end flatbeds.

                          I have read a few articles that say most flatbeds are sharper and have the greatest depth of field at the center of the CCD.


                          • #14
                            Oh yeah, I forgot one of my favorite object scanning links
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                            • #15
                              You did your math right Doug!
                              The break down would be as follows:

                              2/6 = x/2
                              2x2 = 6x
                              4 = 6x
                              4/6 = 2x
                              2/3 = x

                              2/3" is the field of depth.


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