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.

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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.

To Richmond, With Love.

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.

This is Franklin…

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…

Meet Drew and Liz…

Saturday night, we went to a party for Megan’s birthday…

This is Lydia and Megan…

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…

We had a blast and I can’t wait to go back. For more photos from my trip, check out my Flickr stream and my Tumblr.

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.

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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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Impossible Project PX 680 Is Here!

May 5, 2011 § 11 Comments

I usually showcase my own photography here, but I wanted to change things up a bit, in honor of the official release of The Impossible Project’s PX 680 Color Shade First Flush film. I put together some of my favorite photos taken by others, using this amazing new film…

Used by permission from Flickr user mikelanstrum
(Taken by Miguel Angel. Visit his Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikelanstrum.)

Used with permission from Flickr user jstark4.
(Taken by Adam Goldberg. Visit his site at adamgoldbergdilettante.com.)

Used with permission from Flickr user anniebee.
(Taken by Anne Bowerman. Visit her Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anniebee/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user Jesshibb
(Taken by Jessica Hibbard. View Jess’ website: Analog Adventures, LLC.)

Used with permission from Flickr user juli
(Taken by Juli Werner. Visit her website at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/juli/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user Sara+h
(Taken by Sarah Rubens. Visit her Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51674556@N00/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user janelka
(Taken by Janel Jasper. Visit her website at: http://thedesertlovesyou.blogspot.com/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user redlomo.
(Taken by George Wells. Visit his Flickr photostream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redlomo/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user jeffreywithtwof's
(Taken by Jeff Hutton. View his website at: http://www.jeffhuttonphoto.com/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user jakem
(Taken by Jake Messenger. Visit his website: http://jakemessenger.com/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user buradori.
(Taken by B. Johnson. Visit his Flickr photo stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/buradori/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user ludwigwest.
(Taken by Ludwig West. Visit his Flickr photo stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ludwigwest/.)

Used with permission from Flickr user xoazuree
(Taken by Azuree Wiitala. View her website at www.xoazuree.com.)

The above photos were taken using Impossible Project PX 680 Beta test film. The newly-released PX 680 First Flush film might yield different results for you, as the Impossible factory team is working constantly to adjust and perfect the film they produce. PX 680 FF is now available for sale at http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

It’s amazing film. Get shooting!

And of course, please visit my photo stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ptobin/

Maurizio Galimberti at the Impossible Project Space.

April 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

On Tuesday night, April 26th, Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti, who builds amazing mosaics out of instant photographs, visited the Impossible Project Space in NYC (Read the official event description here). Over the course of the evening, Maurizio spoke to guests about his passion for photography, his experiences, and his appreciation for all that the Impossible Project has accomplished in saving instant film, which he feels is the “heart” of photography. Here are some of my photos from throughout the night, all taken with my Spectra, as that is Maurizio’s camera of choice…

Display of PZ 600 shots contributed by various photographers…

Maurizio created two mosaic portraits at the event. For one, he used expired stock of Polaroid Image film. He also uses a macro attachment for extreme closeup detail…

(Maurizio takes photo after photo, very meticulously. Notice his assistant collecting the prints as they eject from the camera.)

Here are the results…

In honor of Maurizio’s visit and workshop, The Impossible Project created a Maurizio Galimberti limited edition of their PZ 600 film, with Maurizio’s mosaic portrait of Johnny Depp on the packaging…

Maurizio’s second mosaic portrait, this time taken with Impossible Project PZ 600 film…

Maurizio autographing the finished product…

Impossible’s Dave Bias, Maurizio and his subject, Nathan…

Maurizio and his work…

It was fascinating seeing Maurizio at work. He has his methods down to a science. You can tell watching him that he truly maps out his portraits in his head and envisions the final work, and it’s exciting to watch as the puzzle pieces are assembled into the finished product. He’s an extremely talented artist.

Follow Maurizio Galimberti’s future projects at his website, http://www.mauriziogalimberti.it/

Check www.the-impossible-project.com for future events at the Impossible Project Space in NYC.

and don’t forget my Photo Stream.

More Fun with 35mm.

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Recently, Franklin Obregon came to New York and I was able to finally meet him in person for the first time. We’ve been following each other’s photography for several years as Flickr contacts, but had never actually met. Franklin shoots amazing, raw, very natural, unscripted photos with a point-and-shoot Olympus 35mm camera, letting you into the life he shares with his friends in Richmond, VA. Check out Franklin’s photography here: http://www.franklinobregon.net/journals/

In celebration of his visit, I broke out my cheap Pentax 35mm camera. Here are some of the shots I came up with…


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