These images are scanned images of actual flowers (as opposed to scanned images of photographs of flowers). Because the scanner captures the image using a line of light (instead of a point of light as does a camera) it is possible to see a flower more as the binocular vision of our eyes see it.
Copyright, Alma Lach, 1999
The flowers seemed to say
Will it be me,
Or Lil today?"
|The flowers used in these pictures have come from our
of friends. I am indebted to them for their flowers,
for shells and bugs, that have helped to make-up "Pixellist"
As soon as the flowers are picked they are scanned. When arranging the flowers on the scanner one must think upside down and remember left is right and right is left on the monitor. If the scanned picture pleases, it is saved; if not, the picture is re-arranged and scanned again. After about 10 scannings the flower begins to wilt.
When the picture is acceptable, it is saved in PhotoShop (Adobe). There the flower is magnified at "500" and inspected for dirt, dust and tiny holes where insects have dined. Roses have their special problem because the wind blows them against the thorns of other rose plants. All imperfections caused by the environment are corrected in the same-size pixels (dots) and color as the existing flower (a 1/16-inch hole might take 40 pixels to correct). This process and the creating of the picture usually takes about 6 hours.
Then, selecting the right paper for that particular flower begins. This is usually a trial and error process since there are some 5 or 6 different papers and the flower color and texture seem to react differently with each paper. But, once that problem is solved, the picture is usually rewarding.
|In addition to those who have contributed flowers, shells and bugs, my special thanks to our daughter Sandy Arlinghaus for her idea that I scan flowers, for her constant help along the way, for this beautiful Website and for being there when I needed her. And to our son-in-law Bill Arlinghaus I am indeed grateful for his wonderful, descriptive title of "Pixellist" Art. Only a Professor of Mathematics could have come up with that!|
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