have a keen interest in gardening and plant identification.
I decided several years ago to create my own journals,
recording when a specimen is planted, fertilizer
applications, soil analyses, insect and disease reports,
and visual growth cycles of the flowers and trees.
These specimens from my property were scanned using an
Epson Perfection 4490 Photo flatbed scanner in order to
create digital graphics files of identification. I find the
shallow depth of field and intense detail that is captured
using this method is remarkable and incredibly focused. It
is similar to botanical illustration that serves as both
technically necessary and artistic as well.
The dark backgrounds were achieved by leaving the lid open,
allowing any available light to naturally "drop off."
The specimens were positioned on the glass directly, using
no supporting materials.
Several of these images are available for purchase as
stretched canvas, framed prints, and paper prints, as well
as greeting cards.