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.

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

Copyright Howard Grill

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