|Hosta 'Halcyon' 5 August 2022|
In this obsessive plant scanning season of mine which is perhaps so as living alone means that I feed myself and my Niño and Niña, walk Niño on nice days, read a few books and then when I experience that empty feeling I scan my plants because I enjoy the process and write these blogs for myself.
With persistence I go back to a few plants and scan them many times during the growing season. Some of my roses like A Shropshire Lad, Westerland and Abraham Darby are frequently on my scanner bed.
And there is that blue hosta Hosta ‘Halcyon’. I have written a lot about it. Here is one of my recent blogs on it.
But in this blog I want to point out the tried and true. My Photoshop was installed by my friend Paul Leisz many years ago. It is 8.0 which was introduced in 2003. This means that it is 19 years old. All the features I need for my plant scans, scanning negatives, slides and prints are there. Not only that but “correcting” the increased contrast and colour saturation of modern digital cameras like my Fuji X-E3 is handled nicely by my relic. For this latter modern contrast/saturation issue the one tool in my Photoshop is the Shadow/Highlight Tool. I open mine to its more advanced features and go from RGC to Lab. This means that whatever contrast or levels correction I may make to whatever I am scanning will not have the colour affected. That’s Lab!
I am placing here two versions of today’s scan (5 August 2022 which I will place back in July as I am filling holes from the many weeks did not blog) of Hosta ‘Halcyon’ I can play with shadow detail quite nicely.