The scanning technique, which I do in a completely darkened studio, results in a rich black background, which really showcases these jewels of nature. The flower images look three dimensional - like they're contained in deep shadow boxes. However this is an illusion. The light source in the scanner is a front light which very slowly passes over and records each flower within a very shallow depth (only about an inch.) This consistent, even lighting and incredibly rich recording give a greater sense of "life" to these images, more than most photographs I've seen which were made using fixed lens cameras. And the real bonus is the capacity to print really large. These images are recorded at the largest file size my computer will allow, many hundreds of megabytes (500-600 M on average.) I've make prints up to 50" with this series, and the larger the print the more astounding the detail and beauty that is revealed.
I hope you like my garden. I enjoy growing this collection.
Cindy Vallino is the founder and owner of the FOCUS Galleries. She has received many awards for her floral collection and the images have been widely published. Prints from this series are top sellers in both gallery locations.