Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{my polaroid reflections}

As I reflect on the past few weeks of experimentation with my newly acquired Polaroid camera I have one thing to say: "film is hard"!  Not that we didn't know this already, but we are truly spoiled by our digital cameras, iPhones, and editing software.

{My mirrored reflection for the 52 Photos Project. I like this one better with the
white border cropped off}

Add on top of the general notion that film is hard the fact that some of the new instant films from the Impossible Project are super sensitive to heat and light, and you've got a real challenge on your hands. With this Silver Shade PZ 600 film you have to shoot only within a certain temperature range and then shield your photo from all light from the moment it ejects from the camera. Trust me, it's not easy, it's like a juggling act.

{I shared this shot on Mortal Muses last week, but thought I'd post it here too!}

But don't get me wrong, it's FUN, and I enjoy a good challenge. I like how I am forced to think through every shot more carefully--the subject, lighting, composition, and other elements of each frame take on a new meaning when it costs over $2.00 per image!

I am going to a workshop at the Impossible Space in SoHo on August 21 that I hope will help quell some of these newbie fears of mine.  Until then, I'll be slowly and hesitantly experimenting, gaining a little more confidence each day. Any Polaroid shooters out there? Please feel free to share your experience and tips :)

Linking up today with Bella at 52 Photos Project for the {reflection} theme.

52 Photos Project

And with the Happiness Project because this Polaroid thing makes me happy!

32 comments:

R Montalban said...

I know the film here to buy is just as expensive, but it is great.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I have a newer Polaroid around here somewhere and it might even have film in it. Now you've given me a reason to go looking. I do love the effect the film gives to your photos. :)

amberlee said...

Love these! Film is a whole new adventure. I have more Diana shots coming. So fun but pricey and a little frustrating!

Which film is that? I have had a massive fail with my polaroid 1000, I used colour shade px70 but maybe b & w would be better...

LB said...

Film is hard! You are right. We are totally spoiled. As funny as it is that "Polaroid" film was delveloped for instant gratification, it isn't the same with all the editing/digital technology at our fingertips. I have an Instax Wide camera with about 18 packs film that I got for Christmas. I take it out from time to time but it really is HARD. Love this first shot and so jealous of your workshop. You must share your knowledge. :)

amberlee said...

Opps just re-read! Silver shade may be the way to go! A work shop is just what I need.

Ashley Sisk said...

I might just have to live vicariously through you....not sure I can go back to analog but I love what you're doing.

Bella said...

These both came out beautiful! Love them - and love the reflection of you.

esra said...

These are beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of them.

Totally agree with you; we're spoiled and film is difficult. Definitely a challenge. I have an old nikon fe ; maybe I'll take it out one of these days and give it a try.

Enjoy the workshop!

Stephanie said...

Polas are very intimidating to me. But I love what you've done so far. You're my inspiration!

manifeisty said...

These are gorgeous! Are you using a Spectra? I took the dive into Polaroid a couple of months ago with an SX-70. I still waste a ton of film but it's getting better. I'm with you in that I kind of love how hard it is (while cursing it at the same time!). My next Polaroid purchase will be a Spectra so I can (hopefully) rock some self portraits.

Talibah said...

Love your photos, you are always so fearless when it comes to your shots. I have several old polaroids in my camera collection but I have never tried to find film for them, but last year my daughter gave me a polaroid Impulse and I have used it a few times. I also have that giant fuji Instax that I got for a christmas gift, but you have inspired me to try some stuff.

Virginia said...

I recently contemplated film cameras and had a mini panic attack. But I used to shoot in film so frequently...

Anyway, awesome photos! I'm going to go catch up on your backlog now.

Karen D said...

nice captures.. you did well, I hear you on the price. I have a polo film camera also with one roll left in the fridge, saving it for vacation.

deb did it said...

stunning shots...you totally nailed both...go forth and keep shooting! Bravo!

Dorian Susan said...

Well I'm going to leave you to that polaroid shooting. I like what you're creating, but don't want to join in. Getting my DSLR to do all the things I'd like it to is challenge enough. That 2nd image really beautiful.

Elsie said...

Very special, I like the soft and old look

Carletta said...

I had a poloraid in high school and being so mad when the shot didn't come out right and remember throwing some away. Your experience tells me I wouldn't go back but experimenting just a bit sounds like fun.
Like the others, I do like what you've done.

SpilledInkGuy said...

I agree - analogue is hard, although sometimes that's part of the fun. The rest of the time it makes you want to pull out your hair. You make it look easy, though, U.M... which is my clumsy way of saying these are both spectacular images... love them!

Jacey said...

I love these. The first one is especially cool. It's a little eerie (in a good way!).

Cinnamon owl said...

These are gorgeous!

Veronica said...

very cool indeed.

Clare B said...

My first impossible project film was a bit of a disaster but 6 months on I actually love the slightly blurred and over/under exposed quality of the shots. But definitely an expensive habit!

justine said...

I am seriously thinking of going back to film but want to do a processing course too and can't find too many left! love these shots.

Anna said...

I enjoy seeing what you're doing with film. I'm just finishing my first year of using/owning a DSLR and still have so much to learn about using it. I will watch your film journey for now :)

Lis said...

These are fantastic images! I lugged around boxes of Impossible film in Italy with sadly mixed results. I had forgotten how incredibly sensitive the Silver Shade film is (i had such good results in the winter time of course!) and I've jammed a lot of film by not having my box lined up "just so" to catch it when it pops out :(

Can't wait to see what you learn from your workshop. I am out of film and waiting to see what they have coming out before ordering more.

xo Lis

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Lovely photos, very nice.

Rhônya Holman said...

Your photos are creative and cool! I like especially the second one. Good luck with your new projects ... ^__^

Have a beautiful weekend! =(^.^)=

Janith said...

Congrats on your dive into film — lookin' like fun so far...

Christina said...

i just love these photos.
xo

Sylvia said...

i really like the results - especially the first photo - so nostalgic, dreamy and magical...

i hear you and totally agree with you - film is expensive & we are spoiled indeed ; )

P.S.
I bought polaroid camera two years ago and never tried it yet, i'm kind of scared ; )

Jen said...

I really love the reflection photo. The strangeness of the Silver Shade film adds so much character to it. I bought up a lot of Polaroid film when they discontinued it, so haven't used much of the Impossible film yet, but so happy they are trying to keep instant film going.

IamthatIam publishing... said...

only $2 a shot?!
wow - it's more expensive here for us.
I love the top photo - the grain is excellent.
we're shooting spectra, 600 and tried PUSH. PUSH was a total pain - outrageous to use for us : (
Look forward to seeing more of your shots!