08 February 2012

Impossible Project PX 600 Black Frame PP - Workshop Test Images

Here are just a few more images from the workshop this past weekend. For anyone who's followed along with my images and the one's Scott posted over on his site... this are probably starting to look a little repetitive. I guess that's the downfall to 30 people taking photos of the same subjects all afternoon.

Above, is my first test of the lighting setup where we had Anthony staged. I lit this with a Mole 1k in a softbox and a Mole 650w fresnel spotted with a couple of scrims. The softbox was gelled for daylight, which doesn't matter in this image since it's black and white, but many people were shooting Impossible's PX680 and PX70 films. This, of course, is Impossible PX600 Black Frame in an SX70 Sonar with an ND pack filter.

Now, the two images below were taken during the workshop as part of a demonstration showing why you need to shield your images. Of course, since it was a live demonstration, something odd happened...

Shielded from light as normal
Not shielded for first 5-10 sec

As you can see my first image turned out just as it should have, shielded the proper way. The second image, however, is the one that caught me by surprise. Shot immediately after image 1, I didn't shield this image at all coming out of camera. I then grabbed it, held it up to show everyone what an undeveloped photo looks like, waving it around for a few seconds before finally putting it in my back pocket with the other photo. The temperature had been giving us issues all day, so I just got in the habit of keeping them warm. I'm not sure if it was the heat or what, but my exposed, unshielded photo turned out almost as good as my shielded. There is a slight sharpness different and a bit of contrast difference but it is still much more than I expected to get at all.

Anyone else have any similar experience? Maybe Impossible is closer to an unshielded image that I thought...


  1. Good to hear the workshop was a success! It'll be nice to see more than just me walking around town with a Polaroid :) As for the unshielded photo, I've noticed that for B&W and especially black frame, as long as it's not in direct bright sunlight, it doesn't get jacked up nearly as much. Now...if you guys were doing this workshop outdoors in June under the bright sun? Yeah...that photo would have been toast. But I assume this was done in the other room at Aperture right? only windows in the front and probably not super super bright. So you probably got away with it.

    If it was color film, I think you would have seen much more of a color shift and more damage from not covering the film up. With B&W, without any color shift (or not much at least) it's harder to see I think.

    1. I pretty much agree with everything you're saying. The B&W has always been more forgiving, and the light -though bright - wasn't like standing out under the sun in the middle of the summer.

      It does give me hope though that we'll see some progress sooner than later on the light sensitivity front. It appears the UV+ coating has benefits and that they are on the right track.

      Cross your fingers anyway...