25 October 2012

Impossible Project PX70 Test Film V4B - Colors From the Greenhouse

Yesterday, via a fun little video project at work, I ended up at Cleveland's Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. Another of those Cleveland hidden gems the Rockefeller Greenhouse sits above Martin Luther King Drive on the east side of downtown and is full of beautiful plants and colors and is definitely worth a visit. While I was there to do some video work, I of course had my SX70 along loaded with Impossible Projects newest PX70 Color Protection film and was able to snag a few shots. Actually... I shot almost an entire pack, but, these are my top four favorites from the day.

22 October 2012

Impossible Project PX70 Test Film V4B - Festive Fall Colors

Another weekend come and gone, but, this one did provide some beautiful fall weather and a chance to get out and shoot some of the brilliant colors. SX-70's in hand, we ended up at the Rocky River Reservations overlook Sunday afternoon and the photos here are my plunder for the day - four shots, all pretty nice. 

All of these are from the Impossible Project's new PX70 Color Protection formula and were all shot the same way - a half turn towards darken, unshielded out of camera, developed in a pocket for warmth with a total development time in the 20-30 minute range.

The color on this film is really great stuff and much easier to shoot than every before. In fact, It's such a good looking film that even Tiffany finally agreed to let me take her photo with it. Take a good look... this is a rare occasion!

18 October 2012

Impossible Project PX70 Test Film V4B - Pomegranates

This past weekends grocery trip left me with two pomegranates, which, I bought specifically to take a photos with. Last night after work the sun was still bright enough to use the window light to snap these two quick shots. Both photos are taken on Impossible Project PX70 Test Film V4b using an SX70 Sonar. Images were left unshielded out of camera and developed in my pocket to add a little warmth. Final results aren't too shabby.

16 October 2012

Expired Polaroid Type 664 - Land 250 - Cassie

Following up on yesterday's post with Cassie, today I have some expired Polaroid 664 that I shot with her using my Polaroid Land 250. I've been slowly working my way through this pack of film and have been quite happy with the results of it. These shots were taken on the East bank of the Flats in a little area known as settlers landing. Despite the chilly morning we toughed it out long enough to get some great digital shots and a these two quick Polaroids. Enjoy.

15 October 2012

Expired Polaroid Type 57 - Graflex Crown Graphic - Cassie

I just wanted to write a quick post this morning to share an image from a shoot I did this weekend with local Cleveland model Cassie. She's repped by a new local agency, Taxi MGMT, who seem to be growing quickly and have a lot of great talent in their ranks from what I can see. Although I didn't get to shoot as much film as I would have liked I was able to shoot a bit of Polaroid 664, which I'll post at a later time, and this shot using some expired Polaroid Type 57 in my Graflex Crown Graphic. I think I'm finally getting a handle on this film and the best approach for metering and exposing it. There's an interesting, almost pencil sketch, quality to this film that I kind of like. In any event, I'll continue shooting it until the sad day that I inevitably run out.

11 October 2012

Impossible Project PX680 Test Film V4C and... Digital (Gasp!)

Today I have the last of my instant photos from my recent shoot with Hillary. This shot was taken on Impossible Projects PX 680 V4c Test film with an ND pack filter using my trusty SX70. Ligthen/Darken wheel was set about half way to darken, and, the photo was left unshielded out of camera but developed in my pocket away from any light source. Temps were pretty chilly this day so I tried to keep this photo warm, but, I think that may be partially responsible for the blown highlights.

To make up for the partially blown exposure (and because this is my blog and I can do whatever I want) today I'm also sharing some of the digital images from this location. I know it's become a rarity on this site for me to post anything digital, but, I do still shoot digital and see no reason not to share that part of my work here on occasion as well. So, enjoy.

09 October 2012

Expired Polaroid Type 664 - Hillary

As promised, today I have a few more images from this past weekends shoot with Hillary. These two were taken while we were shooting over in the Tremont area just outside of downtown cleveland for what was our first look of the day. I shot both of these with my Polaroid 250 using expired Polaroid Type 664. I've had a couple packs of this film sitting around for a while now but just haven't ever gotten around to shooting with it. 

I'd say the film itself is still holding up quite well. Not surprising, really, for expired Polaroid stock. The highlights are a bit blown in these images, but, considering the Polaroid 250 meters and exposes automatically I think the overall exposure came out pretty well. The only downside to these images is that shooting this film serves as a constant reminder that the remainder of this film (along with all the other remaining Polaroid stock) is constantly disappearing and many of these film types will never be reproduced like the integral films are by the Impossible Project. Fingers crossed, though, that one day someone might remedy that.

08 October 2012

Expired Polaroid Type 57 - Graflex Crown Graphic

This past weekend was the first time in a long time that I got the chance to work with a new model. Hillary was nice enough to drive down from the Erie, PA area Saturday for a shoot. We shot a couple looks that morning with a variety of cameras and a few different film types. Down the road I hope to post a few images from my Mamiya 645j that I had loaded with Rollei Retro 100, and, perhaps an image or two from my Polaroid 250 using some original Polaroid 664.

Today's image, however, is more of a celebration for me personally as I've finally put to use once more my 4x5 Crown Graphic. It's a been a little frustrating to not have this camera out in recent weeks as it's become one of my favorite camera's to use, but, the disappearance of the readily available Fuji 4x5 instant films definitely cut into how often it sees the light of day. So finally, from my slowly dwindling supply of expired Polaroid Type 57, here's a new large format image. Despite the grainy, temperamental nature of this expired film, I really do enjoy using it and trying to get decent results from it. 

Maybe one of these day's I'll finally get around to developing some of the sheet film I've shot over the last couple months... or even start shooting more sheet film in place of the instant film supply I do have. At the very least, I could again shoot some large format color images...

02 October 2012

Impossible Project PX680 and PX70 Test Film - Fall Images and 8 Exposures

This past weekend was wrapped up in the changing of the seasons. We drove down to my parents for a visit and then enjoyed the lovely fall weather with a trip to the apple orchard for some apples, pumpkins, gourds and all things fall. I took along my SX 70 and SX 70 sonar loaded with the Impossible Projects PX 680 V4C and PX 70 V4B respectively to snap a couple fall themed images. These are just a few of my favorites from the selection.

At top and above, some images shot on the SX70 with PX 680 V4C - lighten/darken set halfway to darken, unshielded out of camera and developed in my jacket pocket. Below, an image from my SX 70 Sonar using the Impossible Project PX 70 V4B - lighten/darken again halfway to darken, unshielded out of camera and left to develop in my jacket pocket.

And finally, to wrap up this quick post, I'm very excited to be featured on the Impossible Project's blog. Every so often they feature different photographers with their "8 Exposures" question and answer series and just yesterday my responses and 8 photos were published. There's a little preview image of their homepage and blog post below, but, if you'd like to read the entire post and look through the photos featured (including an instant portrait of yours truly) you can jump over to their page with this link.