Reid and Jackie Got Married.

September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the wedding of our friends Reid and Jackie at a farm in Massachusetts. It was a small wedding, with only about 40 guests. We ate outside at a long table, with a reception following in the barn. There were chickens and sheep, raspberry and tomato picking, and a sweet bonfire. Reid and Jackie are two of the nicest, quirkiest, most interesting people I have the fortune of knowing, and I wish them the best.

Photos were taken with a Polaroid SLR 680 camera and Impossible Project PX 680 Opacification V4B and V4C film, as well as PX 680 Color Block film.


Impossible Project Cool Film

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week, The Impossible Project rolled out a new line of films. Well, it’s not new film so much as it is a film that has utilized a new technique to improve performance and quality. The new “Cool” film is comprised of similar materials as recent film batches, except that all of the core components (the negative sheet, the developer chemistry, etc.) have been stored cold, hence the name. But the cold storage doesn’t end there: the film is kept in a fridge at The Impossible Project’s NYC Space and its warehouses, and it’s recommended that you store the film in your own fridge until you use it.

The Impossible factory team in the Netherlands, through endless testing, have found that this method of cold storage has really brought out the best characteristics of Impossible film.

So far, I’ve been able to test PX 680 Cool, PX 600 Cool and PX 70 Cool. Here are some of my results:

PX 680 Color Shade




PX 600 Silver Shade




PX 70 Color Shade




All of the films are a little faster than normal. So far, I’ve found that when shooting PX 680 Cool and PX 70 Cool in bright sunlight, you should turn the exposure wheel/switch on your camera about 3/4 toward darken. I also always heat up color prints under my arm for a minute or two after they first eject, which brings out better color and contrast. For PX 600 Cool, in bright light, push the exposure wheel/switch about 1/4-1/2 of the way to darken.

When it comes to storing your photos, keeping them in airtight bags in the fridge will help to prevent them from shifting in color. For black and white photos, store them with silica gel packets to help them dry out faster and retain crisp black and white tones.

Go here to buy some Cool film!:

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More Richmond, Please.

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last weekend, I went back to Richmond, VA to visit my buddy Franklin Obregon. It was a great weekend. I brought with me my Silver Sonar SX-70, SLR 680, Captiva and Olympus Stylus. These Richmonders seem to never stop partying.

I love these people. I’ll be uploading a few more photos to my Flickr stream and my Tumblr in the coming weeks.

Save The Dates.

November 7, 2011 § 3 Comments

This past December, I proposed to my now fiancee Amy with the help of The Impossible Project. Read my original post about it HERE

Then and there, I knew that when the time came to make our save the dates, I wanted to incorporate my proposal photo into the design. Well, the time has come. I put together a design and had it printed by the amazing people at Paper Slam. Here it is:

Pretty happy with how it came out. Now, on to the next step in wedding planning. I’m thinking I’ll have other updates involving Impossible Project film as we get closer to June.

To see more of my photos, visit my Flickr photostream.
To buy some Impossible Project film, go HERE.

The Progression of PX 680 First Flush Shots.

May 13, 2011 § 7 Comments

Lately, there have been some complaints about how the First Flush version of Impossible Project PX 680 color film is performing for people. Yes, it yields different results from the Beta test version, but you can get great shots with it.

By keeping the print warmer while it is developing (tucked under your arm, maybe), you will improve the contrast of your images. Additionally, over the course of a few days, the speckling/mottling will fade, and the colors and tones will deepen.

Here, I’ve included scans showing the progression of the film over 3 days. I shielded them all using the “darkslide-over-the-rollers” technique (If unfamiliar with this technique, just ask!) and tucked them under my arm to keep them warm. I scanned them on the day they were taken, then 2 days after. I have auto-exposure and auto-color-correct features turned off on my scanner software, and I do not adjust them in any way in Photoshop. They’ve just been cleaned up a bit and I removed tiny fibers and whatnot.




So let your images cook for a few days. And remember, the warmer the print is while developing, the better your contrast will be. You may still see speckling or mottling in the lighter, underexposed areas, but hey, our factory team is always working hard to fix problems because they want the film to work just as beautifully as you do.

Keep shooting!

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My Flickr Photo Stream.

Honey Fiesta.

April 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

This past weekend, urban farmer/longtime-friend Martina Fugazzotto invited me to her house in Brooklyn, to photograph a little honey-tasting session she was hosting. Brooklyn beekeeper Tim O’Neal brought over numerous types of honey that he himself had harvested, in addition to honey that his family had harvested back in his native Ohio. As a result of the bees drinking nectar from a variety of different flowers, each type of honey had its own distinctive flavor. There was Orange Blossom honey, Buckwheat honey, Goldenrod honey, and many more. Not only did we get to try interesting honey flavors, but Tim also made some drinks for us containing honey, lime and tequila. He also provided us with quite a beeducation (Like that? I didn’t come up with it, Martina did, so give her a high five.)

Here are some photos from our honey fiesta:

First sampling…

(Taken with Polaroid Colorpack II, Polaroid Type 100 Chocolate film.)


We tried a bit of each kind of honey on french bread…

(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 680 Color Beta test film.)


Limes for the drinks…
limes, Patrick F Tobin

(Polaroid SX-70 w/ ND filter, Impossible Project PX 680 Color Beta test film.)


Check out the color of that honey…
honey sample, Patrick F Tobin

(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 680 Color Beta test film.)


Tim with the honey he harvested himself…
Tim, Patrick F Tobin
(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 680 Color Beta test film.)


Martina and Tim will also be writing blog posts about our honey-tasting. Keep your eyes out for those posts, for complete details about the various types of honey and some interesting bee facts.

I’m looking forward to meeting Tim’s hardworking staff of bees sometime soon. Stay tuned for more photos.

In the meantime, visit my Photo Stream.

Black Frame.

March 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Wanted to share some of my shots taken with PX 600 UV+ Black Frame film from The Impossible Project

More to come…

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