Sunday, July 29, 2007


Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw )

Stapelia gigantea (Carrion Flower)
Red Ibiscus
Little Daisy


Red Ibiscus and Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw)


I made this same post at January 22, 2006 and I had many comments. So I want to share with you again this post.
I learn how to scanning flowers seeing the beautiful works of Katinka Matson, an amazing artist of New York. On her site, she talks about her artistic's process: "I have experimented with a non-photographic technique for creating images by utilizing input through the flatbed CCD scanner. No camera or lenses are used. The process involves scanning flowers and other natural objects on an open-top scanner from underneath the objects with a slo-moving sensor. This technique allows for unusual opportunities to explore new ideas involving light, time, and rhythm”.

How scanning flowers: First of all you put the flower over the scanner's glass. The flower must be face down. Next you arrange the flower as you like it. Then cover the flower gently with a black fabric, very dense, (all the scanner's superficies). Don't shut the scanner's cover, if you did that, you will crumple the flowers. Then turn on the scanner. Next you must save the photo in some file you choose. The interesting in this process is the unexpected. We don't know exactly how the flower's image will show up. It's an amazing surprise!

Como escanear flores: Em primeiro lugar coloque as flores ou folhas sobre o vidro do scanner, viradas para baixo. Arranje as flores como quiser. Agora cubra com cuidado as flores com um tecido escuro e grosso (eu usei veludo preto). Não feche a tampa do scanner para não amassar as flores. Ligue o scanner e escaneie as flores. Salve a foto numa pasta. O interessante deste processo é o inesperado. Você não sabe bem como será o resultado. Mas certamente você terá uma incrível surpresa!

Photos and scanning flowers by Sonia A. Mascaro


  1. These are gorgeous! I have in my office a digital print of some scanned flowers I bought at an art fair several years ago, but the woman that made those would press the flowers first. These un-crushed flowers are much more lifelike!

  2. very beautiful the flowers are. interesting technique. i will try it one day. thank you for the instructions.

  3. I remember this post causing a sensation when it first appeared, Sonia. But although I've since bought a scanner, I have yet to try this technique. Maybe soon!

  4. Amazing technique, amazing compositions (and amazing knwoledge of flower names)!

  5. Wooow! that is great! Wonderful pictures = flowers. Thank you for sharing and also for your instructions how to do it. But I guess I won't succeed as well as you did! Anyway it's worth to have a go!

  6. Sonia, que espetáculo de fotos e flores, claro. Vou visitar mais uma vez seu jardim, no Only Photos!

    Boa semana!

  7. You did a great job on them, Sonia. I think I will buy some dense black fabric and try some of them also!

  8. I remembered when you showed this before and loved it. I tried it right after that. It is a very creative technique with beautiful results!

  9. I came by your blog last month and saw your previous scanned flowers. Such a great idea that I had to try it for myself. See my posts for July 4, 14, 26, 27 and 28 at jules. Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Oh Sonia...These are GREAT! I remember that post from 2006 very well...and you might remember I did a few of these scanned flowers, too, after you explained how to do it...! These are GORGEOUS! Really just incredibly beautiful...I LOVE how they come out! You did great!

  11. I enjoyed them so much!! My favorite was the Carrion flower. Such detail...Very beautiful.

    Take care,

  12. Sonia,
    vou aproveitar e pegar uma carona com o Eduardo. Vou visitar o Only Photos.
    Estas aqui, uma beleza!
    Um beijo, menina

  13. So nice Sonia! I will try, now that I have a scanner! This is a good thing to do when we receive flowers... :-)

  14. I've said it before - you always have the most interesting things on your blog! I haven't been for a visit to you for a long time and it was such a nice surprise to see this post - I've never seen anything like it before!
    The carrion flower - does it smell bad?

  15. Oh, thank you for photos and ideas!!
    Of course, I will try it, but it seems incredible just now - perhaps I will manage :)
    Happy Tuesday to you, Sonia!

  16. I remember you showed us this once before.
    Beautiful flowers I will try it one day..

  17. Sonia,

    This is an amazing technique. Your flowers are just stunning! I love the hibiscus - well, all of them are so vivid and beautiful.

    Thanksk for sharing!

  18. I remember when you did this before Sonia! They are beautiful!

  19. Sonia, com toda certeza, pela exuberante beleza que as flores nos presenteia, o resultado pode ser inesperado, porém, sempre muito agradável.
    Lindo e gostoso post.
    Um beijo.

  20. Beautiful...beautiful is the word.
    I love all of those...all flowers are just gorgeous!!
    oh, that is such a great idea...thanks for sharing such a nice post Sonia!

  21. Hello again!
    Can you believe - I got a new PC with Windows Vista and this awful Vista can not make a collaboration with my
    Hp 4070 scanner !!
    So, I have to put it back to my old machine Windows XP. I am so curious, can I make scanning from flowers, but
    now my time goes with 11 and 8 years old grandchildren.
    Nice day to you!

  22. Sonia minha amiga, não basta dar a receita!!!!
    tem que ter talento, sem dúvida alguma, e isso vc tem de sobra!!!!
    lindas... nada mais a declarar! lindasssssss
    boa semana e um abraço!

  23. Sonia, belíssimo trabalho. Adorei. Aprendi a escanear flores, mas não tentei ainda. Vamos ver se consigo.

  24. They are absolutely gorgeous! I'm going to have to give it a try.

    What a super way to preserve the flower's beauty!

  25. Hi dear Sonia! This post by Waldo Oiseau made me think of you.

    Your scanned flowers are muito bonitas! What a great idea. I have to give that method a try (haven't used my flatbed scanner in ages!).

    Um abraço forte e um ótimo dia pra você. :)

  26. nossa, sônia. estou embasbacada com a beleza dessa técnica. meu marido está estudando fotografia, vou mostrar a ele. um bj!

  27. awesome awesome! your love of flowers just comes through my screen! It really is amazing how different and interesting each species of plants and animals there are on our beautiful Earth. How I wish everyone had the same love of it! ...and I say again- your house is in an awesome place on Earth!

  28. These photos are just so beautiful...its a wonderful technique!

  29. Sonia, aquela foto da represa no banner do blog é um espetáculo!
    Dá vontade de dar um mergulho nas águas ou ainda estar num barco lá ao meio, pescando.
    Quanto à técnica do scaner vou guardar as informações para quando tiver o meu, aí vou tentar fazer.
    Bom final de semana,
    Um beijo, menina

  30. Sonia, they are sooo beautiful. I didn't realize they was scanned until you described it in the text below. Amazing job!! Brilliant concept.

  31. What an interesting idea, with fabulous results. Thank you so much for sharing ... I will have to try this.
    Take care, Meow

  32. Sonia,

  33. Wonderfully vibrant pictures. I must try it.

  34. É simplesmente maravilhoso, quando abre o template do seu blog.
    Lindo, colorido, muitas flores a nos presentear.
    Vim desejar um ótimo final de semana, ao lado dos seus, com frio.
    Porque voltou a fazer frio hoje, mesmo antes de melhorar o tempo.
    Já ferve uma feijoada lá no fogão de lenha.

  35. I do remember your post last year and you inspired me to scan images which I have posted on my blog in past!
    These flower images just stunning!!

  36. Absolutely gorgeous! You have some beautiful blossoms to choose from and the combinations are wonderful. Cleverly done Sonia!

  37. Adorei as flores. Parabéns.

  38. Thank you for this Wonderful pictures

  39. Thanks for interesting article, i looking for this information very long!


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