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.
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!: http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/film
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.
August 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s been a while since I last posted, so I thought there was no better subject to share with you but my recent trip with my fiancee Amy to Richmond, VA, to visit Franklin Obregon and friends.
The night we got there, we went to see some bands play at a place called Gallery 5…
On Saturday, we met Jeremy and his rescued pitbull Machi, who was abused by her previous owner, and went to the James River to hang out…
Saturday night, we went to a party for Megan’s birthday…
The next day, we had planned to go with one of Franklin’s friends, Ben, into the countryside to take target practice with a shotgun. Well, that plan got sidetracked, because after picking up some burritos at Chipotle, we stopped at Liz’s house and Machi the pitbull bit my lip open…
It was worse than it looks in that photo. We had to go to the emergency room and I got five stitches in my lip. Amy and I were supposed to leave Richmond on a 5:45pm bus, but I was determined to fire a shotgun, so we decided to take a later bus, and went directly from the hospital to fire shotguns…
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.
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:
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.
In the meantime, visit my Photo Stream.