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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:54:41 -0400
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Are any of these botanical scans online for viewing?


On 10/18/11 10:18 AM, gretchen halpert wrote:
> Thanks, Jim. This sounds like an interesting presentation for the GNSI-Fingerlakes Chapter and he's
> local.
> A friend scans botanical specimens (scans, not photographs) at multiple depths and high resolution
> and then composites them. Some images may be a composite of 20 scans. The results are botanicals
> with great depth of field and brilliant color and detail over a black background. They are beautiful
> and one can easily distinguish all the structures, especially since they can be easily enlarged to
> any size.
> What she can't do is create compositions showing all the things we are often trying to show in a
> botanical or scientific illustration. In this instance, there is no competiton between her digital
> scan and my hand-painted watercolor. Different markets. I think there will be a constantly shifting
> market demand between photography, digital illustration and traditional media depending on cost,
> efficiency and fashion. Either you adapt to the demand and current style, or you seek out the
> smaller markets of those who want what you like to do best.
> England has a long tradition of botanical watercolor, so you may have tradition on your side.
> Gretchen

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