Back to the Basics 2 – zone plate photography

I’ve really been enjoying working with the zone plate photography and the fresnel effect it gives

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There is something challenging about not being able to picture the image through a viewfinder and trying to imagine how the final will emerge.
This last week I went to Laws RR museum and tried several interior and a few exterior shots. I’m finding that the concentric circles are very susceptible to angles and intensity of light. The exterior shots didn’t have much variation due to the even distribution of sunlight; however the interior shots were dramatically affected by the angle of flash or the amount of ambient window light available.
If one looks closely at the barber pole photos, you can see the flashpoint in the concentric circles of the zone plate.
I’ve started a new page on the site just for various anomalies like pinhole and zone plate photography.
These shots are all at a 70mm focal length. I’ve purchased an adapter to bring the plates down to around 40mm for a little wider angle of view. Check back and I hope to have a few more examples in the coming months.

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