Greetings from Prague...

For quite some time now, I have been devoting my personal work to pinhole and zoneplate photography...for a long time I would look at both my own, and others pinhole work and wonder why it is that so much of it lookes washed out and flat. after about six months of shooting and not really getting negs I liked, I decided to build some makeshift lens shades and see if this might make a difference...I couldnt believe the difference it made, much more contrasty and rich...it really helped to gather in all that stray light especially with the long exposures invloved. I also started to use a variety of filter gels and that too made a huge difference as well...especially a light red filter. I've always overdeveloped my zoneplate negs by as much as 3 times or more to get the contrast I wanted...this is common practice with zoneplates, but I started to do this (to a lesser degree) with my pinhole negs and poof...nice punchy negs.

Just thought I'd share my findings...

LDH