Yesterday I was at a pool party with some friends, we were soaking up the sunshine and having a good time.
Then, one little girl – probably no more than seven years old – ran up to the adults. “Mommy, mommy,” she said, “I found a four-leaf clover.”
And she showed it to us. Sure enough, it had four petals and looked like a four leaf clover.
I said to the girl, “Please show me where you found it.”
“There’s a whole bunch of them, mister,” she said. “I’ll show you.”
Well, they looked like four leaf clovers … but I always thought that clovers grew in the ground, like grass. This batch of clovers was actually part of a weed-like climbing vine that creeped up the side of a wooden trellis.
And there were plenty of them. Dozens and dozens of them, all in full bloom.
I have an idea.
I plucked two or three of the clovers, placed them in a folded-up napkin and took them home.
Hey, when you don’t have your Nikon gear nearby, you make do.
Wow. That’s something.
Looks almost like it should have a 4H in the middle, doesn’t it?
I keep thinking about whether I should ever enter scanned high-DPI images in competition. I mean, is a flatbed scanner REALLY a camera?
It’s almost the same argument as questioning whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie, whether Hawaiian style pizza is really a pizza, and whether taco salad is actually a salad. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Now I took several clover plants from the vine. This one looks rather dignified. But I also took one that, for lack of better horticultural description, was dying on the vine. The leaves were withered and sun-burnt.
I had to make sure I didn’t accidentally fold or bend the plant petals, or the picture would turn out like crap.
Again, another high-DPI flatbed scan, a little adjustment with the highlights … and …
And here’s the thing … scanning at 4800 dots per inch will reveal all the details and veins of the plant and all its age and decay…
… but it will also reveal that Chuck Miller needs to clean his flatbed scanner more frequently. Dude, get a dust cloth and some glass cleaner, man…
Still… if I ever get the go-ahead to enter scanned images like these into competition…
I might be able to pull this kind of stuff off.
Call it the luck of the Irish.
Or the luck of a creeping vine lant that looks like a four leaf clover tree to a seven-year-old kid. 😀