March 29, 2011 § 2 Comments
March 25, 2011 § 15 Comments
Over the past year, The Impossible Project has released 10 new film types and has already found a home in the hearts of analog users all over the world. But perhaps the most anticipated film release from Impossible is their color 600 film equivalent. Well, the time has come. After much testing, Impossible has now unveiled PX 680. It’s got more contrast than PX70 Color Shade and PX70 Push! and the colors are richer.
The Impossible Project was good enough to allow me to serve as a test photographer for their initial batches of PX 680 Beta. Check out some of my shots here…
A test version of PX 680 is now available for sale exclusively to Impossible Pioneer members and friends of The Impossible Project, with an official release of PX 680 First Flush coming in April, and subsequent batches in June. Stay tuned to www.the-impossible-project.com for all the details. And don’t forget to wish Impossible a happy birthday (they turned 1 this week)!
Thanks very much to TIP for including me in the testing process!
Don’t forget to zip by My Photo Stream on your way out of town.
AND check out more Impossible Project PX 680 shots in the PX 680 Flickr Group.
March 14, 2011 § 3 Comments
Of all of Polaroid’s film types, one that I’ve had the most fun with is type 500. It’s a bummer I got into this film so late in the game, after it had been discontinued. The film doesn’t age well in storage, compared to some other instant film, so it’s kind of been hit or miss with the packs I’ve picked up through eBay. I have, however, gotten some great shots, using both the Captiva and the Joycam. Going back through my Flickr photostream recently, I looked at my 500 photos and felt like sharing some of my favorites here. The one above was taken in Arizona’s Painted Desert.
This next shot was taken Near Peabody, MA, on Route 1, where you can still find vintage motels and motor courts…
While taking a walk through Boston Common…
I’m always finding classic cars in Watch Hill, RI…
In one of Arizona’s botanical gardens…
At the beach on Cape Cod…
and while I know the Waffle House sign has been photographed to death, how many have you seen that were taken with Polaroid 500 film?…
Joycams can be found at any Salvation Army or Goodwill thrift store for a buck, and Captivas turn up on eBay here and there, but the film is more expensive online because there’s so little of it left. If you must track some down, I suggest going with a pack that expired in 2003 or after. Happy hunting.
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March 7, 2011 § 1 Comment
This weekend, our boy cat LB, pictured above as a kitten, gave us a bit of a scare. On Saturday, my fiancee Amy’s sister Becky was down visiting from Boston. During the afternoon, we were out on our fire escape photographing some items for Becky. After coming back into the apartment, I shut the window, but not the screen. We carried on with our evening.
We went out that night to meet up with some friends in the West Village and got home around 1am. I let Amy and Becky take the bed, and I crashed on our couch. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt warm so I opened our living room window, thinking nothing of it, and went back to sleep.
Sunday morning, around 9am, there came a knock on our door. I shuffled to the door and opened it, and what did I see but our neighbor holding LB. I was really confused. Our neighbor said, “Is this your cat?” and I almost felt like saying, “Gee, that looks an awful lot like our cat, sir, but it can’t be LB. You see, he’s inside here somewhere sleeping.” But after shaking some more of the cobwebs from my head, I realized it was, in fact, LB. The poor guy was all wild-eyed. Our neighbor said, “I’m not sure what happened, but I woke up and found him sitting on my bed.”
I took LB, apologized profusely to our neighbor and thanked him, then realized what must have happened. Next to the fire escape, there’s a ledge that runs the length of the building. Our bedroom window is the next window over, and beyond that is our neighbor’s bedroom window. Our cats sit on the windowsills all the time. LB must have jumped up on the living room windowsill and thought, “Hey, that’s cool, I can just go out here and see what’s going on out in this nether realm, Outer Space,” much like Uncle Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock. LB walked from the fire escape to the ledge, past our bedroom window, and climbed through our neighbor’s window, which, thankfully, was open, screen and all.
We are on the 3rd floor. If our neighbor’s window hadn’t been open, LB could have walked along the ledge around the entire building. Or fallen off and gotten lost. I feel like a negligent parent. I feel how Mr. and Mrs. McAllister must have felt when they realized they left Kevin at home. Never again, LB. Never again. I’m sorry, buddy!
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March 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
Check this out. My friend Martina had these tiny anime girl figurines randomly placed around her apartment. I think this one was sitting in a flowerpot. Anyway, take a look at the camera she’s holding. Look familiar, instanteers?
Here’s a closer shot…
It’s either a Polaroid SLR 680 or 690. Whatever it is, it’s an awesome tiny Polaroid camera.
(Thanks to Martina for letting me borrow the little anime girl for the blog post!)
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