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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

This One Works

A recent post describing one of my zone plate images that didn't seem to work motivated me to have a look at some of the other zone plate shots that I had taken but not yet gotten around to processing.   As I was going through them I found this one, which though similiar to an image already in the portfolio, still seemed different enough to include. This one, I feel, does work.  What I am finding is that these images work best if there are simple lines, the image is not busy with detail, and the lighting is lower contrast since the process makes the highlights glow and further contrast can be added in post-processing.  The presence of a person also adds interest and adds to the surreal feel.  I find that fact interesting as my non-zone plate photos rarely have people in them but almost all of my zone plate images that work have either a person or a statue of a person.

Zone Plate Image

Dreamscapes #8

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Not Quite Good Enough

I feel that I can use this blog to not only show my successes, but also to show failures. We all learn from what doesn't work. I was photographing in an indoor botanical garden about a week ago and saw a statue surrounded by greenery.  I thought it would make a nice addition to my "Dreamscapes" portfolio.  This portfolio is a grouping of images taken with a zone plate.  More about the portfolio and what exactly a zone plate is can be found here.

At any rate, when I saw this scene I felt it had a dreamy, surreal quality to it and had high hopes that the image could be a 'keeper' for the portfolio.  I was especially heartened as there aren't all that many images that really work well with the zone plate (but when they work they tend to be very dreamy and emotive).  Unfortunately, I don't think the image quite works.  I am not sure why, but it doesn't seem to express that 'waiting for the maiden' dreamy feel that I was hoping to achieve.  I haven't quite ruled out using it because I just processed it and sometimes it can be dangerous to make up one's mind too quickly!

Zone Plate Image

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It has been a while since I was able to find a zone plate image that really hit the mark.