Saturday, September 3, 2011

happy world pola day!

In case you didn't know it, September 3rd is World Pola Day, a celebration of instant film photography. If you've been here recently you know I am new to this but in the span of 6 weeks I  have become the owner of not one, not two, but three instant cameras! I have an SX-70 original land camera that needed a little fixing--I just got it back this week so I haven't even tried it yet. I also have a Polaroid Spectra and a cute little Fuji Instax Mini that a friend got as a gift and didn't want--say what?--so I was happy to give it a good home!

It's no secret that I've been struggling with this new venture. The Impossible Film--although wonderful--is rather finicky. Depending on light and temperature you never know what you are going to get. It's a slow road of one step forward, two steps back. Yesterday I got this shot of the Flatiron Building--it's good, but still not where I am hoping to be.

{Polaroid Spectra; PZ680 color shade expired}

This morning, the Hub, Willow and I went for an early morning walk and I brought along the Spectra and the Fuji {as well as my DSLR and my iPhone!}. The goal was to get out there before the temperatures got too warm because that's what really causes that orangey tint to the photos. I got this shot of the Little Red Lighthouse under the GWB. Again, OK, but not great. Breathe deeply :) it will come eventually.

{Polaroid Spectra; PZ680 expired}

Then we had some fun with the little Fuji camera. The film is a lot less unstable and we were able to get a few fun shots. These photos are small--like the size of a business card.

{Fuji Instax Mini 7S}

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I'll be out practicing some more!

15 comments:

this is Belgium said...

As always when I look at your pictures, whatever instrument they are taken with, I think the are just marvelous.
The flatiron building looks even more attractive like this than in reality. I have driven over the gwb but never, at least not that I remember, have I seen this red light house..
great business cards also !!

SpilledInkGuy said...

I'll take your 'ok' shots any day, U.M... these are really, really nice! And I've always had a bit of a thing for architecture, so...
On second thought, I'd take your 'bad' shots any day... wow!

LB said...

Awesome!Thanks for letting me know! I was out on the beach with my Fuji Instax Wide yesterday. I'll have to go shoot some more in honor of the day! I think the shot of the Flatiron Building is excellent!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

So, do you have to scan these to get them on your blog? How difficult is it to get the film?

I love these photos. Such a nostalgic feel to them.

Kat Sloma said...

It will come, you are right. Can't wait to see too! I love the lines in that bridge photo. Have a happy weekend!

Cory said...

darn straight! that picture of the flatiron rocks! loving it! makes me miss NYC.
sweet blog!

Veronica said...

love all these. such a big fan of those roids!

Oliag said...

I love that shot of the Flat Iron building! I think the charm of instant film is the fact that you can never be quite sure how it will turn out Looks like you are really up to that challenge:)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The bridge is my favorite shot. Love the perspective. Have fun with your new cameras. You're doing great!

georgia b. said...

loving that first photo!!

i so want an sx70. i'm starting to think i'll never have one, but i'm still holding out hope! in the mean time, i have to make fake polaroids out of my digital images with photoshop actions. {it's just not the same.}

some day...

Krystal said...

i've never heard of this celebration day but i like it. and i LOVE your photos.

Virginia said...

I really like the one of the flatiron.

And the fuji ones are really cute. Almost like photobooth pictures. Kind of a cute effect.

Punctuation Mark said...

i remember my parents had one of this... lovely images!

Mary Hysong said...

love the doggie shot, with his ears up, really cute. haven't used a polaroid in about 30 years! Now that I have digital SLR I can't imagine going back to film, either! So glad you got one of my postcards in the Liberate Your Art Swap! some people didn't put their web address on their cards so I couldn't figure out how to contact them.

Christina said...

absolutely gorgeous! i so want to shoot that top building, one day.
xo