Dancers at one of the sound systems at the Notting Hill Carnival 2012
A few weeks ago I shot a batch of test film from The Impossible Project at the Notting HIll Carnival. The film is the new PX680 Colour Protection. I think it’s the best yet and the word protection is the reason why. Not only have they improved the overall picture quality including colour rendition but you don’t have to shade the film when it is ejected from the camera. At last! No more Heath Robinson contraptions or fumbling to get the picture into the dark. They recommend that you let the film develop in a dark place but at least you don’t have to rush.
A young boy wears colourful carnival costume on childrens’ day
The weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday was looking typically wet and gloomy. The prospect of trying to take pictures in the rain was not appealing so the decision was made for me. Sunday is childrens’ day and the forecast was for sunshine. It was a good choice. There were some spectacular costumes and a great party atmosphere. It’s one of those events where most people are happy to be photographed.
I was testing some new Impossible Project film which I can’t talk about yet but I can say it’s much improved. Can’t wait for some new batches, they’re really on a roll at the moment, making lots of progress and ironing out some of the earlier problems.
I wonder though whether we’ll get to a point where the films are so good the pictures will lose the quirks and the charm that we have grown to love.
Binoculars on the Empire State
It’s been a while since my last post and I apologise for that. There have been a few things going on around London, you may have noticed if you live here or you may have seen it on TV. Anyway I’ve been pretty busy travelling and working, on the Olympics as well as other projects. Fortunately I’ve taken a Polaroid camera with me when I can and you’ll be seeing some of the pictures shortly.
Here are the first of a batch from a trip to New York in the Galleries home page. Pretty successful but still, some strange colours with the PX680 film and lots of undeveloped patches but that could be my camera it’s often hard to tell. More to come soon. Enjoy.
I set about concentrating on colour for a change. I’ve been obsessed with black and white, including shooting 35mm black and white film too, so I decided on a small project to capture some colour with a newish batch of PX 680.
I’d had mixed results with my jubilee pictures so I tried pressing down on the camera’s film ejection slot as suggested by The Impossible Project and it worked. I had less undeveloped patches but didn’t avoid them completely.
Posted in The Impossible Project
Tagged colour, Edwin Land, instant analogue, instant photography, integral film, London, Polaroid, PX680, SLR 680, Southbank, The Impossible Project
A patriotic British bulldog celebrates the Queen's diamond jubilee.
I was working on the day of the Thames flotilla, I volunteered so it’s my own fault. Once I’d done most of my preparations I went for a walk along the river to soak up some of the atmosphere. Of course I had to record it on instant film too.
The latest pictures on the Galleries page were shot with an SLR 680SE and some recent PX680 colour film. I had mixed results as you can see. Part of the problem I think was under estimating the temperature, I think it was too cold for the film and I should have warmed it when developing. Also the camera does not always manage to squeeze the chemicals evenly over the film and so I had some undeveloped patches. I know The Impossible Project guys are aware of this as they have posted a video tutorial to cure it. I’ve tried it since this batch was exposed and had some better results but that’s for a later blog post…
Posted in The Impossible Project
Tagged diamond jubilee, Edwin Land, instant analogue, instant photography, integral film, jubilee, London, Polaroid, px600, Queen, SLR 680, The Impossible Project
Finally the sun came out over the weekend so we decided to make the most of it and headed into town to make some more instant London images. Whilst I wandered, with a Yashica Electro 35 GSN and Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Suzi found a good spot outside the BFI and settled down with her laptop and a hot chocolate to do her own blogging.
We had a quick trip to Northampton last weekend for a friends Birthday. We discovered that Charles Rennie Mackintosh had been commissioned to refurbish a house there. If you are interested in design and have only seen his work in Scotland I’d recommend a visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton.
- Impossible Project colour shade shot on an original SX70.
I went to another Impossible Project workshop on Saturday run by Thomas Wright. Unfortunately this one was not as well attended as some of the others. Don’t know if it’s because interest is waining or because the weather was so bad, it rained all day! It didn’t stop us wandering the streets of Spitalfields snapping all the colours of the local market and streets.
The latest colour stock from the Impossible Project is much more predictable and produces very good colour. Tom talked us through some of the techniques to get the best out of the film. We decided one of the best approaches is to set the exposure wheel of the camera towards darken. This gives more saturated colour and is less likely to blow the highlights. The film still needs to be shaded when ejected but we’re getting better at it with practice. The most critical thing with the colour film is to keep it warm. All the pictures you see were shielded immediately and then placed straight into a cold clip which I’d preheated in my jacket. Then it went back inside my jacket for three or four minutes. The colour takes a while to come through but it’s worth the wait.
Had a quick trip to Lausanne in switzerland for work. As usual there was no time for R&R but I managed a short walk with my SX70 around my hotel.
Sometimes things you take for granted are worth a second look. I live in London and I see many of the famous landmarks on my way to work. I’ve hardly taken any photographs of the city I live in. I’ve always felt that it was too obvious, a cliche and something that tourists do. Well I’ve decided that my home town would be a great subject for a Polaroid project so here are some of my first attempts. There will be a new gallery for them soon too.