Using the scanner as a camera

Discussion in 'Abstract, Still Life, Specialist and Macro' started by Rob MacKillop, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Apparently it's a thing. Here's my first two experiments, which lead me to think I'll be experimenting a lot more...though not just now, as somewhat mysteriously the scanner is refusing to scan...in the huff perhaps.

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Got the third done...

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    and crop:

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    I have to say these jpgs are a poor substitute for the 300+MB originals, which look incredible when zoomed in on the iMac screen.
     
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Excellent stuff, Rob and really effective.

    We have a couple of scanners at work that we used to use for imaging samples with surface mould growth on them. It was very effective. I remember seeing an article of someone who grafted parts of a scanner onto the back of a LF camera once. I cannot recall the details now though.
     
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  4. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Very good!
    What's the technique?
     
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  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Chris - Technique? I just put flowers on my cheap scanner's glass, a black cloth on top, and scanned in the normal way, though at 12oo dpi instead of the usual 240. Couldn't be simpler. As long as you don't scratch the glass, it should all work smoothly. You could of course go much lower than 1200 dpi, but that's what I started with. Could go higher too, but 350 MBs, or there abouts, was enough for my porpoises (they like it that way).

    Pete - a scanner on the back of a LF camera - now, that IS radical. I just looked for it and found this guy, who claims he was not the first: http://www.stockholmviews.com/diyphotogear/scannercamera.html Crazy.
     
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  6. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Oh, OK. Gotcha now. So it's the lack of a black cloth that makes for such disappointing photocopier shots at the office party then?!
     
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  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Haha, indeed. Best leave some body parts "shrouded" in mystery...
     
  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Scan4withoutbottleBWTriste1.jpg



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    These with Triste from Auld Nik Silver. I'm enjoying this!
     
  9. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I like the black 'line' that appears to weave through the first. Intriguing.
     
  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Do you mean the stalk?
     
  11. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    No, just the pattern of the black space.
     
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  12. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    They look very good. I have heard of the office party games, but never seen one used as a camera before.
     
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  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Dave. Look up scannography. It's a new one on me, but has been around a long time.
     

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