What is a Zone Sieve? Also referred to as a Pinhole Sieve.
Zone Sieve imaging is a variation of Pinhole photography.
A hybrid between a standard pinhole and a Zone Plate, the Zone Sieve is basically a piece of high-density film (called a plate) that is comprised of a series of circular transparent “openings” usually designed with a specific pattern. The pattern and size of the transparent openings are calculated to produce a desired focus and effect. The plate acts as a lens in that the light passing through the transparent holes produces a focused effect as it passes over the edges of the circles. Images taken with a Zone Sieve are soft and diffused compared to a normal pinhole result.
One of my favorite ways to make Zone Sieve images is using a Skink Pinhole Pancake. They have beautifully made pinhole, zone plate, and zone sieve solutions for nearly any camera – digital or film.
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