direct scanning of bugs
Shueyi at aol.com
Shueyi at aol.com
Tue Sep 23 10:04:33 EDT 1997
In a message dated 97-09-23 07:32:40 EDT, you write:
< I tried scanning in a moth (Feltia jaculifera) on the flatbed direct -
< with impressive results! Simply put it in a unit tray, turned it upside
< down on the flatbed and fired.
< The background is grey, but not bad at all! A bit of manipulating with
< the software to brighten everything up and it was better (well, at least as
< good as) than a lot of the jpeg photos I have seen. It is not as crisp as
< some other methods, but planty good enough for some applications. For
< example, the images come out much better say many of the B&W images in
< Covell (the poorer darker issue), or the color plates in "Cutworms of
< Ontario and Quebec."
< Should be great for numerous applications .. and with a bit of
< experimentation it can probably be improved even more so. Hey, I'm exited.
< After spending yesterday photographing, waiting for developing and paying
< for same, coming home and scanning in photo's - I like what this can do.
< Thanks for the idea!!
This raises some pretty interesting ideas. For example, could I build plates
out of individually scanned specimens? Could these be printed in high enough
quality for a professional publication? Can I scan a pinned lep at 300 dpi,
reduce it 50% and have a 600 dpi image?
Mostly what I'm thinking about here is a ongoing project that I have in the
works for a large reserve in Belize. The known butterfly fauna is about 350
species, but we add 20-30 new species with every visit. So, could I develop
a series of individual files of the 350 species known so far, add the
additional species as we get them , and then assemble plates at some future
cut-off date? Andf then could this produce a publishable plate?
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