I was fortunate enough to receive quite a bit of expired Polaroid film from a friend recently, with a majority of it being 689 that expired early in 2003. I was on location for work last week and brought a pack of it with me, loaded in my Konica Instant Press camera, as I thought the small towns along Cayuga Lake would be a great setting to test. I have never gotten results like this from an expired instant film of any type. I am used to seeing images that are desaturated and lighter than normal. This, however, is a great result and I can’t wait to see if the next box looks the same.
Often when I travel for work I try and bring some sort of personal camera to capture images with. I usually keep it simple with one of my instant cameras or my Holga. This round of images were made over the course of a few trips to NYC over the last six to eight months or so. Finally finished the roll and here are a few I enjoyed. This time around the camera was loaded with a roll of Kodak Portra 400VC.
Here are the rest of my images I presented from out group outing around Rochester on Film Photography Day, you can see the previous images here. As with the previous round posted, these were all made using my Mamiya RZ Pro II and 65mm lens. The first was shot on expired Fuji Provia 400, the second on Efke R100 and the last two on an expired roll of Fuji Pro 160c.
As I mentioned previously, back on March 30th, a group of us got together to explore Rochester and make some images in preparation for the Lomo created Film Photography Day, which was yesterday. Last night we got together to share our results and it was both fun and inspiring to check out what everyone made. Here are a few of my favorites, all shot with my Mamiya RZ Pro II, mostly with the 65mm lens. The first was shot on Fuji Provia 400x, the second was a very expired roll of Fuji Pro160c and the third and fourth were made on Efke R100.
In preparation for Film Photography Day we organized an outing two Saturdays ago to head out into Rochester and shoot some film of whatever we came across with camera’s of our choosing. The goal was to have the film processed and ready to share at a gathering we are having tonight at Hanlon-Fiske Studios. While I won’t share any of those images I made just yet, I don’t want to spoil the surprise for tonight, I will share the portraits I made of some of those folks headed out to capture that day in film. I brought along a recent acquisition, a DATA-400 ID Polaroid ID camera and loaded it with some 2011 expired Fuji FP-100c and made some mugshot style portraits. I supplemented the DATA-400′s flash with and off camera shoot through umbrella to make it not so harsh. It is a tricky camera to work with as I have no manual, am still not certain of ideal distance to subject for focus and there is no viewfinder. Anyhow, these were fun, and I made copies for everyone I photographed, but they don’t know that just yet.
This one is funny, because I fired two frames on the top row, then shut the camera off as we headed out. When I came back and fired it up again it reset to take two more on the top row, causing the double exposure. That could be fun in the future.
Here are a two more instant photos I made while on my last job in Brooklyn. Both made using my Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 loaded with Impossible Project PX-70 Color Protection film. The first is from a trip out to Coney Island to meet up with a friend and the second was when I headed to the financial district for another meet up. Both days were cold, so the camera and film pack weren’t to ideal temperature prior to the film being exposed, though I did process both in a cold clip under my arm.
I spent the last four weeks in Brooklyn photographing still life for catalog which was great for several reasons. One of which was that I was back in my favorite borough. I brought my SX-70 along with me and had it loaded with the new PX-70 Color Protection film from The Impossible Project. They have certainly come a long way with their film lines. You no longer need to shield it from direct light as it comes out of the camera, which helps a lot. With these, however, as it was cold, I don’t think I had the camera warm enough prior to shooting, which meant the film was cold. I did keep the image in my cold clip while they developed though, which was half the battle. Had the camera / film been at the right temperature I think the colors would have popped better.
I photographed this scene back in November just outside of Aurora, NY on State Route 90 will on a location job. I had with me my newly acquired Konica Instant Press camera loaded with the tail end of its trial pack of recently expired Fuji FP-100c. I decided to make a two frame exposure of the scene to finish the pack. I next loaded some very expired Polaroid ID-UV and captured the same image. If was cold out that morning, so I had to guess on development time under my arm in the cold clip, and wait for traffic before I ran back to the van to peel them. check them out below, Fuji first then Polaroid ID-UV next. As with the other comparison I did like this, these may not be my best images ever, but I like the seeing how the different films captured the scene.
I have done this before, but never post the comparison. I photograph the same scene with the end of one pack of film and then again with a different pack of film. Here we have a foggy morning captured by my SX-70 first loaded with some expired Polaroid 779 then with The Impossible Projects new PX70 Color Protection film.
Here are a few more quick pictures of the snowfall that accumulated at the end of 2012. All images made using my Samsung Droid Charge and run through Instagram.
Much more imagery to come in 2013. Happy New Year!