A Time-Lapse Video from our PolaWalk in Deep Ellum with the Instant Film Society

February 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

A little over a week ago, we hosted our monthly PolaWalk with the Instant Film Society, this time in Deep Ellum.  Steve Reeves, of Makeshift Photography, who was kind enough to let us use his studio for this particular get-together, set up his camera above the studio, snapped thousands of images during the 7+ hours we were there and created this really cool time-lapse video afterwards showcasing the event.

If you’d like to see more images from our PolaWalk, click here or check out this article the Dallas Observer posted.

Enjoy!

PS – Thanks so much for taking the time to create this Steve.

-Justin

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A PolaWalk in Deep Ellum / 8×10 Portraits with the Instant Film Society

January 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

This past weekend, The Instant Film Society hosted, what was more than likely, the largest gathering of instant film enthusiasts in the state of Texas.  More than fifty photographers and lovers of instant film gathered at Makeshift Photography‘s studio in Deep Ellum to participate in a PolaWalk and also have their portraits taken on Impossible’s 8×10 film.

Photo: Justin Goode - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

A couple of days before the event, I spent a little time with Steve Reeves, Troy Bradford & Tyler Tyndell at Steve’s studio to get some things organized for this.  We met up to talk 8×10 photography, get things set in place for Saturday’s PolaWalk and tested out a few things before we parted ways for the night.  While we were there, we decided it would probably be best if we went ahead and knocked out a couple of the portraits before we had the rush of people that we were expecting on Saturday.  Tyler took some great BTS photos of our meet up that evening.

Impossible Project 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible Project 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible Project 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible Project 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell

Photo: Tyler Tyndell - Polaroid 1200 Cinema Film

Photo: Tyler Tyndell – Polaroid 1200 Cinema Film

When I woke up on Saturday morning, I was excited beyond belief.  I couldn’t wait to get into the studio to set up for this particular PolaWalk.  We’ve hosted quite a few since the Instant Film Society was founded, but nothing up to this point, had been as highly anticipated as this particular event.   The lure of 8×10 cameras and large format instant film was creating quite a buzz within the photography community.  About two weeks ago, I shot 8×10 instant film for the first time and immediately fell in love with the medium.  It’s simply incredible.  There’s nothing else like it out there in the market place and it’s quite honestly a rarity in a sense.  At this point in time, only one company makes it and because of the high cost of materials & tools needed, most photographers don’t ever get a chance to see it or use it.  Giving that opportunity to the D/FW instant community was something I was really looking forward to helping provide.

When Synthia and I got to MakeShift Photography’s studio on the day of the PolaWalk, Steve & Erin were prepping for the event and all of us were eager to get things started.  Friends of ours started to trickle into the studio and within an hour or so, we were all gearing up for a busy day.  I had split the 8×10 photo shoots up into two groups so it wouldn’t be too incredibly busy while we worked and by the time 3 o’clock rolled around, the studio was packed.  Steve had his Toyo View 8×10 set up on one side of the studio utilizing a “blackground” and I was set up on the other side with my Burke & James Grover shooting towards a blank wall.  Erin was loading up the 8×10 Polaroid holders and running the processor all afternoon and Synthia was scanning the 8×10’s, peeling the images and hanging them up to dry.  It was definitely a group effort to get this whole shabang running quickly & smoothly.

When most of the participants had arrived, Daniel Rodrigue took the first group out to walk around Deep Ellum while the rest of us stuck around to start with 8×10 portraits.  It was such a cool thing to be able to give this opportunity to these fellow photographers.  I assume most hadn’t seen an 8×10 camera before.  Everyone it seemed was just in awe of the process and I could tell were all stoked to have the chance to learn about this special way of creating images.

All in all, I think we ended up taking about 25+ 8×10 images and the ones who were photographed were thrilled to have an instant 8×10 portrait of their own.  Attached are some of my personal favorites from our time at the studio …

Photo: Tyler Tyndell - Impossible Project PX-100

Photo: Tyler Tyndell – Impossible Project PX-100

Photo: Tyler Tyndell - Polaroid 1200 Cinema Film

Photo: Tyler Tyndell – Polaroid 1200 Cinema Film

Photo: Richard Kacprowski - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Richard Kacprowski – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Richard Kacprowski - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Richard Kacprowski – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Richard Kacprowski - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Richard Kacprowski – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Toyo View

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Toyo View

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Toyo View

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Toyo View

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Toyo View

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Toyo View

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

A couple of friends of mine, Daniel Poe & Matthew Hogan were there at this event and I did let them take over and rearrange the setup for their images.  These guys are brilliant with off-camera flash and there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to watch them work.  They quickly rearranged the octabox & stripboxes for their portraits and when I took the test images on the “digi-roid”, I knew they had crafted something nice …

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8x10 PQ - Burke & James Grover

Impossible 8×10 PQ – Burke & James Grover

Photo: Scott Mitchell - Polaroid 180 - Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: Scott Mitchell – Polaroid 180 – Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: RJ Connele

Photo: RJ Connole

Photo: RJ Connele

Photo: RJ Connole

Photo: RJ Connele

Photo: RJ Connole

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-3000B

Because I was in the studio all day, I never had the chance to go out and shoot with the rest of the group that was wandering around Deep Ellum.  It was really cool to see all of the great images that flooded into my inbox on Sunday. Here’s a handful of images from the PolaWalk portion of this event …

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid 600SE - Polaroid 669

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid 600SE – Polaroid 669

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid 600SE - Polaroid 669

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid 600SE – Polaroid 669

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid Spectra SE - Polaroid Softtone

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid Spectra SE – Polaroid Softtone

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid Spectra SE - Polaroid Softtone

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid Spectra SE – Polaroid Softtone

Photo: Tyler Tyndell - Polaroid Spectra SE -1200 Cinema

Photo: Tyler Tyndell – Polaroid Spectra SE – 1200 Cinema

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: RJ Connele

Photo: RJ Connole

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: CJ Mejia - Polaroid 220 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: CJ Mejia – Polaroid 220 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: CJ Mejia - Polaroid 220 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: CJ Mejia – Polaroid 220 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid SLR 680 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid SLR 680 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Nancy Stockdale - Polaroid SX-70 - Polaroid Time Zero

Photo: Nancy Stockdale – Polaroid SX-70 – Polaroid Time Zero

Photo: Kyle Vaughn - Impossible Project PZ-680 CP

Photo: Kyle Vaughn – Impossible Project PZ-680 CP

Photo: Kyle Vaughn - Impossible Project PX-680 Gold Frame

Photo: Kyle Vaughn – Impossible Project PX-680 Gold Frame

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid Spectra - PZ-680 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid Spectra – PZ-680 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid Spectra - PZ-680 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid Spectra – PZ-680 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid Spectra - PZ-680 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid Spectra – PZ-680 CP

Photo: Jeremy Hughes - Polaroid Spectra - PZ-680 CP

Photo: Jeremy Hughes – Polaroid Spectra – PZ-680 CP

Photo: Jeremy Hughes - Polaroid Spectra - PZ-680 CP

Photo: Jeremy Hughes – Polaroid Spectra – PZ-680 CP

Photo: Scott Mitchell - Polaroid 180 - Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: Scott Mitchell – Polaroid 180 – Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: Kathy Tran - Fuji Instax Wide

Photo: Kathy Tran – Fuji Instax Wide

I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet,  but I was interviewed last week by the local ABC news affiliate, WFAA – Channel 8, for a story they are doing on people who choose older forms of technology even when newer more advanced technologies are available.  One of the reporters was with the group on Saturday to tape our PolaWalk and ended up interviewing a lot of the participants.  After he recorded all of this great footage, Ryan came up to me and told me that they were probably going to do a separate story on our event in addition to the one I was going to be featured in.  That’s exciting.  It’s promotion for The Instant Film Society and more promotion for instant film in general.

I’m still a little stunned that we had around fifty photographers and instant film enthusiasts join us this past weekend.  It’s a testament to the work we’ve been doing for months around the metroplex promoting instant film.  On Sunday, when I created the new event page for our upcoming PolaWalk at Klyde Warren Park in February, within 24 hours, we had 30+ people who had signed up to join us.   This special community of instant photographers is growing exponentially and I’m really excited to see how it will progress over the next year.

-Justin

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Getting into Instant Photography

December 3, 2012 § 6 Comments

So you’re interested in learning more about this whole instant photography thing?  I know the feeling.  I can go on and on about why I love it, but I’d rather take this time to tell about some of the options that are available.

- A variety of cameras that shoot instant film -

– A variety of cameras that shoot instant film –

As you may or may not know, there are two companies manufacturing analog instant film that market their products world-wide;  FujiFilm in Japan and The Impossible Project in the Netherlands.

Fuji makes a couple of  types of instant: integral film for their Instax camera line (the Instax mini & Instax wide) and peel-apart film for Polaroid pack film cameras.  The Instax system is a great entry-level start into the world of instant.   If you’re looking to capture candid images at a club, a party, hanging out with friends, this is a ideal choice.  It fires a flash every time and takes good images.  Food for thought: If you really get into instant, you might find that that this camera system is restricted when compared against others in the field.  However, it’s all in how you use it.  I’ve seen some incredible work produced from professionals who shoot with Instax cameras.

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Fuji Instax Mini

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Fuji Instax Mini

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Fuji Instax 210

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Fuji Instax 210

Photo: Mark Goode - Fuji Instax 210

Photo: Mark Goode – Fuji Instax 210

Photo: Mark Goode - Fuji Instax 210

Photo: Mark Goode – Fuji Instax 210

Fuji’s peel-apart film, FP-100C (color) & FP-3000B (B&W), is used in 100 series Polaroids, cameras which use a NPC Polaroid back or ones that have been converted to use pack film (Polaroid 110A & Polaroid 110B’s come to mind).  Pack-film Polaroid cameras are a lot of fun to use.  You can find them for $10-50 (on average) for the cameras with automatic exposure and for the models with manual exposure settings you’ll spend $300+ (Polaroid 180, 185, 190, 195, 600SE, Fuji FP-1). When looking for one, inspect to make sure there are no light leaks in the bellows. Use a flashlight to shine around in the camera when the back is open and look on the outside of the bellows for leaks.  Check to make sure the rollers move freely and are fairly clean (wipe them down with a damp paper towel to remove any gunk you might find). Also, the required battery needed to run the meter is a little hard to find.  Most people I’ve found covert the camera to use either AA or AAA batteries.  It’s really simple.  This a great tutorial on how to do it.  Just be mindful of whether you need to convert to 3V or 4.5V which is easily determined by looking at the underside of the battery compartment door.  But don’t let this technical mumbo-jumbo fool you.  Once you get your camera in operating condition, the fun you’ll have with it is endless.

Fuji’s peel-apart film has a very clean look to it.   The colors are pleasantly saturated, and the detail & clarity is very good.

Fuji FP-100C - Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C – Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C - Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C – Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C - Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C – Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C - Polaroid Automatic 100

Fuji FP-100C – Polaroid Automatic 100

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid 180 - Fuji FP-3000B

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid 180 – Fuji FP-3000B

Each exposure, when peeled, has a positive print and a negative.   Further adding to the enjoyment of it, when shooting color film, the FP-100C negative can be salvaged to scan by bleaching the negative. 

As I mentioned earlier, you can use any camera that has a NPC Polaroid back with peel-apart as well.   I use a RB67 + a NPC Polaroid back and get great results.   Note the black unexposed portion of the frame when shooting with a RB67.

Mamiya RB67 + NPC Polaroid Back - Fuji FP-100C

Mamiya RB67 + NPC Polaroid Back – Fuji FP-100C

Mamiya RB67 + NPC Polaroid Back - Fuji FP-100B

Mamiya RB67 + NPC Polaroid Back – Fuji FP-100B

You might be thinking .. What about all of those other Polaroids cameras?  Do they still make film for those??  Luckily, since The Impossible Project stepped into the game, they do! They’ve re-invented integral film for literally hundreds of thousands of Polaroids that are still out there.  Any of the Polaroid 600 series, Spectra/Image or SX-70 cameras can still be used.  Beyond that, they’ve brought 8×10 instant film back into the marketplace.

A good Polaroid to start off with that shoots integral film would be any of the Polaroid One Steps/600 series cameras.  You know the ones; boxy, most flipped open and have a flash.  Nearly every office in the 80’s & 90’s had one for employee photos.   They are fairly easy to use and shoot color (PX-680) or B&W (PX-600) film.  There are a large variety of 600 series cameras available.  If you’re purchasing on Ebay or Craiglist, you’ll find One Steps from $10-$100+ on average depending on the model and if it’s a collectible.  The camera has two focusing distances (2-4ft and 4ft – infinity) and takes good images.

Photo: Patrick Clarke - Polaroid One 600 - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Patrick Clarke – Polaroid One 600 – Impossible Project PX-600

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid Sun 660 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid Sun 660 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Annie Donovan - Polaroid One 600 - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO

Photo: Annie Donovan – Polaroid One 600 – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO

Photo: John Morrison - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 COOL

Photo: John Morrison – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 COOL

Polaroid Spectra cameras are another great option and are pretty durable cameras too.  If you’re going to be roughing it while out and about, this particular camera is perfect for the job.  I’ve been using these for a while and they produce really nice results.  Most of the Spectra cameras I’ve picked up have been $10-20.  They use color (PZ680) or B&W (PZ600) Impossible Project film, use inaudible sound waves to aid in auto-focusing and are pretty user friendly.  I took one to a Texas Rangers game at the Ballpark in Arlington this past summer.  If you’re interested in reading a little more about the camera & how it works, you can find that here.

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ-600

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ-600

Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ-680

Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ-680

Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ-680

Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ-680

This brings me to Polaroid SX-70’s.  These are some of my favorite Polaroid cameras to use.   They are really fun to operate.  Unlike all of the other cameras as fore mentioned, because this particular camera is a SLR, what you see in the viewfinder is what you get.  The Sonar SX-70, like the Spectra, also uses inaudible sound waves to measure the subject’s distance from the camera. If you get lucky, you can find these for around $20.  But most of the various SX-70 models go anywhere from $40-100 depending on its condition and whether it’s been serviced/refurbished etc.  Using SX-70’s with Impossible film can be a little challenging, however once you get over the learning curve and get a handle on how to best utilize their films with this camera, it produces some awesome results.  

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PZ-600 + ND4 Filter

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PZ-600 + ND4 Filter

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Last, but certainly not least, is the Polaroid SLR680/SLR690.  These are top of the line Polaroids that shoot 600 speed film (PX-680 or PX-600).   I’ve seen these online anywhere from $75-$200+, again, depending on the typical used-camera variables.  They are modeled after the SX-70. Their rollers spread the film a little more even, it has more focusing zones than the Sonar SX-70 and they come equipped with a flash that can be toggled on/off.

When looking for a used camera, of course look for signs of damage, but even more so, check the lens to make sure it’s clean.  Inspect the rollers; they should move somewhat freely.  If you bring an empty film pack with you, you can check to make sure the camera’s ejection mechanism is working (this is not needed on Polaroids which use peel-apart film).  Simply slide a darkslide into the empty pack, put it into the camera and if everything functioning properly, when you close the film door, the darkslide should eject out.  Some cameras might sound slow or sluggish if they haven’t been used in a while.  Actuate the shutter a handful of times. It will help move the gears and get the juices flowing.  If you’re in the D/FW area, I have a few empty packs laying around.  I’ll mail you one if you’re in need.

A big thanks to Daniel RodrigueMark GoodePatrick ClarkeAnnie DonovanLaidric StevensonJohn Morrison & Synthia Goode for letting me use their images to fill out this blog post.  It is appreciated!

If you’d like to know more, send a message my way.  I’d be happy to help you in any way that I can.  Email me at info@instantfilmsociety.com

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

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A PolaWalk at the Ft. Worth Zoo

November 12, 2012 § 10 Comments

The meet-up at the fair was the inaugural event for the Instant Film Society, an organization I’m helping start that promotes the use, accessibility and education of analog instant photography.  Following the success of the State Fair PolaWalk, we were all anxious to hook up again for another.  The next event was scheduled for November 10th.  The weather up ended being gorgeous and the turnout was phenomenal.

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid Spectra SE - Polaroid Softtone Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid Spectra SE – Polaroid Softtone Film

On the day of, I packed a Polaroid Sonar SX-70, a SLR680 and a handful of packs of Impossible Project PX-70 COOL & PX-680 CP.  Synthia had her trusty Spectra AF with some Polaroid Softtone film.  We threw in a couple more Polaroid cameras for some friends to borrow, hopped in the car and made our way over to Ft. Worth.

The evening before I had been contacted by one of my cousins, Luke. To my surprise, he told me his family was going to join us at the zoo and needed to know where he could pick up some film.  I mentioned I had a One Step he could borrow and directed him to Urban Outfitters.  He ended picking up a pack of Impossible’s Rainbow Frame film.  Another friend of ours, Amy, joined as well.  She had been keeping up with the blog and was interested in learning more about The Impossible Project and instant film in general.  In fact, they weren’t the only ones who were new to the walk.  While promoting this event, I got connected with a few other photographers online who came and a large group from Brookhaven met up too.  We had more than 20 people there.  It’s really cool that we all met up for the love of instant film.

After we arrived and hooked up with everybody, we started making our way around the zoo.  The images shot were a mix of Impossible Project, expired Polaroid and Fuji instant film.  Enjoy the pics!

Photo: Luke Bolton - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block - Polaroid OneStep

Photo: Luke Bolton – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block – Polaroid OneStep

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Ashley Sierra - Impossible Project PX-680 COOL - Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Ashley Sierra – Impossible Project PX-680 COOL – Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Amanda Fleetwood - Polaroid 420 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amanda Fleetwood – Polaroid 420 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Synthia Goode - Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode – Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Impossible Project PX-680 COOL - Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Impossible Project PX-680 COOL – Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Ashley Sierra - Impossible Project PX-680 COOL - Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Ashley Sierra – Impossible Project PX-680 COOL – Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Kathy Tran - Impossible Project PX680 CP - Polaroid 600 One Step

Photo: Kathy Tran – Impossible Project PX680 CP – Polaroid 600 One Step

Photo: Marc Weintraub - Bronica SQ-A - FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Marc Weintraub – Bronica SQ-A – FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Luke Bolton - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block - Polaroid OneStep

Photo: Luke Bolton – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block – Polaroid OneStep

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Luke Bolton - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block - Polaroid OneStep

Photo: Luke Bolton – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block – Polaroid OneStep

Photo: Catherine Downes - Polaroid OneStep - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

Photo: Catherine Downes – Polaroid OneStep – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Catherine Downes - Polaroid OneStep - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

Photo: Catherine Downes – Polaroid OneStep – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid SLR680

Photo: Marc Weintraub - Bronica SQ-A - FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Marc Weintraub – Bronica SQ-A – FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 100 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 100 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 100 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 100 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Ashley Sierra - Impossible Project PX-680 COOL - Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Ashley Sierra – Impossible Project PX-680 COOL – Polaroid Cool Cam

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid Spectra SE - Polaroid Softtone Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid Spectra SE – Polaroid Softtone Film

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL - Polaroid Sonar SX-70

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL – Polaroid Sonar SX-70

Photo: Scott Mitchell - Polaroid 180 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Scott Mitchell – Polaroid 180 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid 180 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid 180 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Scott Mitchell - Polaroid 180 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Scott Mitchell – Polaroid 180 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Fuji Instax Wide

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Fuji Instax Wide

Photo: Marc Weintraub - Bronica SQ-A - FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Marc Weintraub – Bronica SQ-A – FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Marc Weintraub - Bronica SQ-A - FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Marc Weintraub – Bronica SQ-A – FujiFilm FP-100C

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Impossible Project PX-70 CP - Polaroid SX-70

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Impossible Project PX-70 CP – Polaroid SX-70

Polaroid Spectra - Polaroid Softtone Film

Photo: Scott Mitchell – Polaroid Spectra – Polaroid Softtone Film

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Impossible Project PX680 - Polaroid 600 One Step

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Impossible Project PX680 – Polaroid 600 One Step

Some of the group has wandered off at this point and had gone their own way.   We regrouped as many of us as we could and snapped a quick shot about halfway through the afternoon.

PolaWalk at the Ft. Worth Zoo - Polaroid Spectra AF - Polaroid Softtone Film

PolaWalk at the Ft. Worth Zoo – Polaroid Spectra AF – Polaroid Softtone Film

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Softtone film - Polaroid Spectra AF

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Softtone film – Polaroid Spectra AF

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Impossible Project PX-70 CP - Polaroid SX-70

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Impossible Project PX-70 CP – Polaroid SX-70

Photo: Amanda Fleetwood - Polaroid 420 Land Camera - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amanda Fleetwood – Polaroid 420 Land Camera – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Impossible Project PX-680 CP - Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Impossible Project PX-680 CP – Polaroid Sun 660

Photo: Kathy Tran - Impossible Project PX680 CP - Polaroid 600 One Step

Photo: Kathy Tran – Impossible Project PX680 CP – Polaroid 600 One Step

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL - Polaroid Sonar SX-70

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL – Polaroid Sonar SX-70

PolaWalk at the Zoo - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL - Polaroid Sonar SX-70

Photo: Justin Goode – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL – Polaroid Sonar SX-70

Photo: Catherine Downes - Polaroid OneStep - Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

Photo: Catherine Downes – Polaroid OneStep – Impossible Project PX-680 Color Block

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Fuji Instax Wide

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Fuji Instax Wide

Throughout the day, we were approached by strangers inquiring about the event and just what all this was about.  Everyone was thrilled that you could still buy instant film, smiled at the sight of the cameras and were glad to know that it was still being produced.  We passed out handfuls of flyers & stickers from Impossible and helped spread the word about all things instant.

The next day I talked with many of the people that joined up with us.  Everyone loved the event and most were already talking about the next.  I could feel the energy & excitement.   One in particular said she spent her Sunday afternoon obsessively looking on Ebay for Polaroid cameras and felt as if somehow she was supposed to stumble upon this hobby.   That’s what this is all about for me.  Spreading the love of instant photography to others and inspiring more people to reach out and try it.  Once you shoot it and feel it .. it’s really hard not to love it.

Want to learn more?  Come to our next PolaWalk on December 15th in Sundance Square.  You can find details here.

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

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Spreadin’ the love of Impossible Project Film at Brookhaven College

October 5, 2012 § 16 Comments

About a week ago, I got in contact with Daniel Rodrigue, the journalism & photography instructor at Brookhaven College.   He had seen a post about the PolaWalk that I was hosting at the State Fair and after a brief telephone conversation, we decided to meet up.   When we did, he and I instantly clicked.   We’re both like-minded individuals and the passion that we share for instant photography is one in the same.   During our meeting, he asked me if I would mind talking to his students at his Photography 1 class about instant film & The Impossible Project.  After some thought, I quickly agreed and it was decided that I’d meet with them the following Tuesday.

I messaged The Impossible Project and they were ecstatic that I had the opportunity to help spread the word about instant film and would send some promotional material for the students.  I was really excited for the students and also very grateful for the opportunity from Daniel.

I’m not a public speaker.  However, I’ve been inspired to talk a lot about this medium.  It’s moved me in a way that no other facet of photography has.   It’s incredibly unique and the company that provides it, is just as much.

Following my meeting with Daniel and my conversations with TIP, I wrote a three page introduction about the company and its films; history, how to use it, special techniques and finally, closed it with a little bit of motivation to help spread the word.

Tuesday came along and I was fully prepared with everything that was needed.   I had a handful of cameras to show & use, Impossible Project film, an emulsion/lift transfer kit with examples, cork boards filled with many of my favorites Impossible images and finally, the confidence needed to pull this off.   This was my FIRST public speaking event.   I would by lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.   I woke up very early that day and was hyping myself up all morning.   I knew I had the knowledge to give them, but more importantly, I hoped that some of the inspiration I’ve gotten from using instant film would rub off on them.

When I got to Brookhaven, Daniel was all smiles and very excited for his students.   I brought in my box of goodies, gave Daniel a poster from The Impossible Project and started organizing all of the material.  Students eventually started to make their way into class, and I could tell many of them were enthralled with some of the images I brought.   It made me happy and also was a little calming to see the excitement that was brewing.

Ten-thirty rolled around and I began the class.   I started off talking about why I like instant film, how it’s completely different than using digital and the ways it can help improve your skill set.  One of the main reasons I love instant film, is that it forces you to slow down.  When every shot really counts and burning images, like one does with digital isn’t an option, you think about EVERYTHING (light, exposure, composition, the development temperature, etc.)  You inherently become a better shooter because of this.  Doing this day in and day out, with every image you take, increases your awareness of what is needed for a successful image and improves on your ability to take great images.   Slowing down helps you to produce quality images a lot more frequently.

Teaching Brookhaven students about Impossible Project film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Teaching Brookhaven students about Impossible Project film

Teaching Brookhaven students about various Polaroid cameras

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Teaching Brookhaven students about various Polaroid cameras

I had an hour for this portion of the class and I was going to meet back up with the photography club at 3 o’clock to show them how to perform emulsion transfers & lifts.  At this point, I had talked and answered questions for about 20 minutes, shown them various cameras that I use, but I really wanted to get some cameras & film into the hands of these people.  Sometimes seeing & feeling what it’s like to shoot instant film, is what it really takes to push people past the tipping point.   I went over how to shield their images, how to shoot the camera and off they went!  The energy was palpable!

Armed with a handful of Polaroid One Steps, some PX-680 CP and PX600 film, the students ran outside and started snapping away!  Daniel and I raced around, trying to find the groups of budding photographers that were snapping off instant film as if it were going out of style.   Integral film was blazing out of these cameras.  It was a sight to see!  Many of the other students around campus were looking and I’m sure wondering “Why did I not take a photography class? Polaroids?!? ”  Strangers were walking up to Daniel asking him what was going on.  It was greatness!

Enjoy some of the images they took …

 – Students, if you would like credit for the images you took, please email me and describe which one/s are yours and I will add credit (first & last name) to your image – 

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Adriana Salazar

Photo: Jennifer Chevallier

Photo: Jennifer Chevallier

Photo: Brian Finch

Photo: Brian Finch

Some of the images I took of the action …

Unfortunately, it was nearing the end of the hour and the students had to get to their next class.  We found most of them and regrouped for a quick photo.

I asked the students if they would mind if I held onto to some of the photos to scan for a blog post.   All of them wanted to keep them (of course) but I assured them that I would bring them back within a couple of days.    We spread out an assortment of photos that were taken and took a quick snapshot ..

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Happy students!

The bounty of images!

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – The bounty of images!

Photo: Justin Goode - RAWR! The Brookhaven Bear!!

Photo: Justin Goode – RAWR! The Brookhaven Bear!!

Later on in the afternoon, I taught their photography club how to do emulsion transfers & lifts.   I had made a few examples at my house a few days earlier.

Emulsion Transfer Example

Emulsion Transfer Example

Image Lift Example

Image Lift Example

Once everyone had arrived, we arranged some trays in a sink and I started showing them how to perform a transfer.   For most, if not all of them, this was the first time they had seen anything like this.  I really enjoy seeing people’s expressions, when they see the emulsion become detached from the plastic cover of integral film.   Most jaws are usually dropped once the emulsion starts to separate.  It looks like an octopus underwater!  I wave my arms around, with octopus-like motions, or what I think an octopus-like motion looks like ;-), when I describe the process.

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Teaching students how to do an emulsion transfer

Photo: Justin Goode - A student peels apart the negative from integral film

Photo: Justin Goode – A student peels apart the negative from integral film

Photo: Justin Goode - A student separates emulsion from integral film

Photo: Justin Goode – A student separates emulsion from integral film

Photo: Justin Goode - Moving the "goop" from hot to cold water

Photo: Justin Goode – Moving the “goop” from hot to cold water

Photo: Justin Goode - A successful first transfer!

Photo: Justin Goode – A successful first transfer!

Photo: Justin Goode - A handful of emulsion transfers

Photo: Justin Goode – A handful of emulsion transfers drying

After I had finished teaching the photography club, one of the students, Scott Mitchell, asked me if he could take my portrait for an article he was writing.  He was going to pitch it to the school’s newspaper later on in the week.   He wanted an image of me, with an assortment of Polaroids taken in their studio.   I dragged the box of cameras in, arranged them on a prop table and he snapped this pic …

Photo: Scott Patrick Mitchell

Photo: Scott Patrick Mitchell

I had the most amazing time teaching these students.   I wouldn’t have done this, if it hadn’t have been for my enormous love for instant photography.  I want to infect people, like a virus, with the passion that I have for instant film.

A giant TEXAS-SIZED shout out to Impossible for providing such an incredible product.  I can’t express enough, how incredibly happy each of them were during this whole process.   Your film just makes people smile and brings joy into this world.  Instant photography is so special.  I haven’t met ONE person that doesn’t appreciate its value.   THANK YOU for enabling me to give the gift of your product to these students.  I have no doubt that I have impacted and inspired them.  I am forever grateful …

Sincerely,

Justin Goode

www.goodephotography.biz

– If you’d like to buy film for your Polaroid camera from The Impossible Project, CLICK HERE – 

A Very, Very WET #PolaWalk at the Texas State Fair on 9/29

September 30, 2012 § 6 Comments

Phew!  I’m sitting at my desk right now, 3 hours after my arrival back home, and I can’t help but to keep grinning at all of the things that happened today.   What an amazing experience.    I can’t begin to stress how great it was, to see such happy pepole on a day like today.  On any other day, we probably would have been miserable!  The non-stop rain .. the endless, torrential downpour that pummeled the group today … But you know what?  EVERYBODY was smiling.   Not one person was unhappy about making the trek out to the fair to meet fellow instant photographers.    I say it all the time, but it’s incredible the type of people that this medium attracts.

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

My day began, with knowing that it would be wet … REALLY wet today.   The forecast was 80%-90% rain throughout the duration of the day with thunderstorms likely ALL day.    What do you do, when you’ve organized an event and promoted it for a month.   Do you abandon ship?  No.   You go through with it as planned and hope for the best.   I can’t stress enough, that “the best” did occur.

Synthia and I left the house at noon, so we could make our way down to the Texas State Fair and grab a Fletcher’s corny dog before we hooked up with everybody else.  Parking was fairly easy (plenty of spaces) and of course, there weren’t the usual crowds that normally accompany the fair’s 2nd day. We made our way in and I snapped off a couple of photos as we made our way towards Big Tex.

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Daniel R. and Catherine met up with us first and they were both smiling.   They rain hadn’t affected their moods in the slightest (i wouldn’t have thought so, they are really kind & cool people).   After some chuckles and small talk, a fellow photographer I met online, Richard, made his way towards our group and introduced himself.  He jumped in with both feet; pulled out his cameras, started gabbing photography, it was greatness!  It seemed like he was really happy to be around other instant photographers.    Unfortunately, for whatever reason, he had to split early and didn’t end up hanging out with us.   Hopefully he can make it out to the next event that gets organized.   Before, he left I snapped a quick picture of him with his 680 SLR …

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

At this point, Christian & Elaine showed and were grinning from ear to ear as well.   Christian helped promote this event and it was definitely appreciated.  He mentioned that he had been so excited about this event that he could hardly sleep.  Truth be told, I had been tossing and turning most of the week.  A few minutes later, Jeremy & Amber showed up.  I introduced them to everyone, passed off one of the Spectras I brought for them, and got them up to speed on the ins and outs of the camera.   One of Daniel R’s students arrived, Adriana, and all of us introduced ourselves to her. She walked up holding this super cool pink, black and yellow neon Polaroid Cool Cam.   It looked awesome!  We waited around a little while longer for two more guys that I had met online; Daniel P. & Matthew.   They drove in from Tyler and once they arrived, they were already soaked, but again nothing but smiles.   I handed Daniel a Polaroid Automatic 100 with a few packs of FP-100C that I had promised him and we quickly organized a group photo.

Polaroid Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation Film

Polaroid Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Daniel R. spotted an interesting looking character walking towards a streamliner that was parked near Big Tex and asked him if he could take his photo.   The moment I saw the guy, I knew it was “the voice of Big Tex”.  I ran over there with my camera and once Daniel was done shooting this image on his Instax …

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Fuji Instax Mini

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Fuji Instax Mini

I snapped off a quick triptych on the SX-70 .. .

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Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

We all snapped off a few more photos, while we waited around a little while longer for any stragglers …

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-600 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX600 Old Gen

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX600 Old Gen

Photo: Christian Oliveria - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Projet PX-70 CP

Photo: Christian Oliveria – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Projet PX-70 CP

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX600 Old Gen

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX600 Old Gen

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-600 Old Gen

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Then we started making our way towards The Midway area and commenced burning some film!

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Poe - Polaroid Automatic 100 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Daniel Poe – Polaroid Automatic 100 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Daniel Poe - Polaroid Automatic 100 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Daniel Poe – Polaroid Automatic 100 – Fuji FP-100C

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation Film

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Polaroid Cool Cam 600 - Impossible Project PX-680 Old Gen

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Polaroid Cool Cam 600 – Impossible Project PX-680 Old Gen

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Polaroid Cool Cam 600 - Impossible Project PX-680 Old Gen

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Polaroid Cool Cam 600 – Impossible Project PX-680 Old Gen

Photo: Adriana Salazar - Fuji Instax

Photo: Adriana Salazar – Fuji Instax

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP Film

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick - Polaroid Spectra AF - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Jeremy Minnerick – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

The rain was relentless!  It just wouldn’t stop.   I’m still in awe, that all of these people came out in such high spirits, despite the rain.   Nothing was going to stop this group!! Rain?!? Pshaw!! Whatevs!  After a while, we decided to make our way into the Food Court to dry off a little bit, relax and get to know each other a little more.

Photo: Amber Minnerick - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Amber Minnerick – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 Rainbow Frame

Photo: Catherine Downes - Instagram - Part of the slew of equipment we rolled with ;-)

Photo: Catherine Downes – Instagram – Part of the slew of equipment we rolled with 😉

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Polaroid Spectra 2 - VERY expired Polaroid Spectra film

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid Spectra 2 – VERY expired Polaroid Spectra film

Photo: Synthia Goode - Polaroid Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Synthia Goode – Polaroid Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Polaroid Spectra 2 - VERY expired Polaroid Spectra film

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid Spectra 2 – VERY expired Polaroid Spectra film

For Synthia and I, this was the first time we had met most of these people.   I’m usually not the type to go out and seek the company of strangers for events, and for that matter, I really don’t like talking to strangers.   It’s funny.  My passion for using instant film is helping me turn a new leaf in my life.  Many of you have never met me, and don’t know that I stutter.  Sometimes it can get the best of me, but most of the time, it’s not that big of a deal.   Sure, it doesn’t define me, but it has shaped me into the person that I am.  For a guy like me, meeting strangers and talking to new people is a thing that I try and avoid most of the time.   When I started thinking about hosting this PolaWalk, I knew that I would killing a few birds with one stone: 1) I’d get an opportunity to “break the mold” so to speak, and get out there and meet strangers and force myself over this hump. 2) I’d get the chance to spread the love of Impossible to other shooters.  And 3) I’d be able to make new friends in the area that share the love that I feel for photography.  All in all, it was a winning idea all around.

Anyhow, at this point Jeremy, Amber, Synthia and Adriana all had to bolt.  So we packed up our things and made our way back outside.   We started walking along and WHOOMFFF!! A huge gust of wind ripped apart my umbrella, haha!  It was hilarious!  Daniel R. snapped a quick pick while everybody was laughing.   Later on, Amber wrote something about it being an UNbrella.  Very fitting Amber …

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid Spectra SE - Spectra Soft Tone Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid Spectra SE – Spectra Soft Tone Film

We headed indoors to the petting zoo.  Walked around a little while and eventually made our way back outside.

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue - Polaroid Spectra SE - Polaroid Spectra Soft Tone Film

Photo: Daniel Rodrigue – Polaroid Spectra SE – Polaroid Spectra Soft Tone Film

Most of us were pretty tired and fairly soaked (COMPLETELY) so we decided to call it a day.   We all parted ways and made our way out of the park.  I snapped a couple of images on the way out, but by this time it really started pouring some heavy rain.   I had no umbrel … UNbrella at this point, so I got even more soaked!  Luckily, I had some plastic bags in my backpack and saved my gear & film from getting completely drenched.

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Photo: Daniel Poe - Polaroid Spectra AF -  Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Photo: Daniel Poe – Polaroid Spectra AF – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Gen

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Polaroid Sonar SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP Film

Overall, an incredible experience!  I can’t wait to schedule more of these around the metroplex and help spread the word about the greatness that is Impossible Project film.  If you are interested in learning more about this medium, please get in touch with me.  I’m an open door and would love to help you get into this medium.   There’s nothing better for personal photography.  Even more so, it’s a fantastic medium for the professional photographer.  Offering this sort of “out of the box” photography is giving your clients something you can’t get anywhere else.   There’s only ONE company making integral film.  Get off your butts and support them!  Doing so, gives the gift of “the polaroid” back to this generation and hopefully the next.

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

To buy Impossible Project film, CLICK HERE. 

A PolaWalk at The Texas State Fair!

September 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

– September 29th, 2012 @ 2PM –

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Come to the fair with us wielding your Polaroid!!! If you’ve got an instant camera and would like to join in on the festivities, get in contact with me!

Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

The fun starts at 2PM sharp!  We’re meeting up at Big Tex.  We’ll introduce ourselves to each other and then once we’ve assimilated a massive crowd of instant photography shooters, we’ll storm the fair!  Not since the heyday of Polaroid has the Texas State Fair seen a group like this!  Integral film will be firing out of our cameras faster than … well as fast as our pocket books will let us 😉

GET OFF YOUR RUMPS AND COME SHOOT SOME POLAROIDS!  If you’ve never shot with a Polaroid before (heaven forbid), and would like to, please please PLEASE send a message my way.  I am more than happy to help anybody & everybody that has an interest in using this medium.  If you’re interested in shooting Impossible Project film with your SX-70, Spectra or 600 series camera, I can help you jump in with both feet!  I will teach you all of the ins and outs of shooting Impossible’s films, or any other instant film for that matter, and will gladly assist you in any way I can, on the day of!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’re probably aware of The Impossible Project.  They are the only providers of integral instant film for old-school Polaroid cameras.  Since their inception a few years ago, they have been working hard at perfecting their product for their customers.   Just today, they announced their newest batch of film, the Color Protection line.  Because of a newly developed anti-opacification molecule, it gives instant photographers the freedom to shoot wherever they like, without having to fret about shielding the image upon ejection.

Now is the PERFECT time to step into the world of instant photography.   With Impossible’s new line of films, the results are more predictable than ever and you can almost shoot this stuff as carefree, as one did with the older line of Polaroid films.

YES.  It does cost money to shoot.  It won’t be like shooting with your grandmother’s Canon 5D mark whatever which bangs out a kajillion digital images.   You have to embrace the unexpected realities and possibilities when you use instant film.   The results ARE WORTH IT.   Instead of a digital file made up of 1’s and 0’s on a SD or CF card, you get a tangible analog print in your hand; a permanent memory of the day.  Is that worth the cost?  Absolutely.   You’ve got the best of both the analog & digital world; an analog print to slap up on your fridge and an image that can be easily scanned for reproductions and to share online.

It’s so worth it!

If you have ANY QUESTIONS whatsoever regarding this event, please send a message to info@goodephotography.biz

I’m hoping we can make this event HUGE!  Please pass the word along to fellow photographers that have an interest in film & instant photography.  We are the lifeline of this medium and must help keep it alive for future generations.

Now, back to the film photographer’s grind (scanning images).  I have to pay for all of this instant film somehow 😉

Cheers!

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

To learn more about Impossible’s NEW line of instant film CLICK HERE

A Polaroid Macro 5 SLR + Impossible Project PZ680

September 18, 2012 § 6 Comments

Last weekend, Synthia and I went to the ranch to photograph Erica Perry’s bridal & promo photos.    When we were finished, we headed up to Synthia’s parents house to celebrate her niece’s b-day.   While we were visiting, her mom told us that she had an old 35mm camera at the dentist office that she wanted to give us.   The three of us cruised up the road and rummaged around the attic and found the camera; a Yashica inter-oral macro camera.   The lens has an inner ring flash and is fixed to the body (pretty cool, needs an odd battery).   While we were up there, Synthia’s mom mentioned that they might have an old Polaroid too.   She went searching through some boxes and dug up a Polaroid Macro 5 SLR.   I quickly figured out that this could use Impossible’s Spectra film.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR

The excitement was buzzing through me!  Macros with a Polaroid??? I’d probably seen one of these in the past, but I’d never realized what it could do.    With a SX-70, the closest you can focus is 10 inches.  Being able to focus closer, provides a whole new realm of creativity to dive into.

When I got back home, I searched online and found the Polaroid Macro 5’s manual.  There are 5 different distances in which you can focus the camera; 52, 26, 10, 5 and 3 inches. You press the shutter down 1/2 way and it emits two dots of light from the camera.  As you bring the image into focus, the dots intersect and overlap each other; a dual-light rangefinder. There are two flashes on either side of the lens (which you can toggle on & off separately) and there’s also an external PC port on the camera, so you can slave flashes off-camera.

For those that are going to try any off-camera flash photography, you’ll find the following chart useful.  You should note, that the Polaroid Macro 5 has a fixed shutter speed of 1/50th.   For proper exposures using off-camera flash, you’ll need to use a handheld flash meter to figure out the right output for your strobes/flashes.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR Camera Specifications

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR Camera Specifications

The first image I shot, cliche yes, was of Synthia’s eye.   I wanted to get a feel for just how close this thing could focus.   I set the Macro 5 to focus at its closest distance (3 inches), kept the exposure at neutral with the flashes on, and snapped the photo.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

Later on, I went to Archinal Camera to show my friend Robert the newest acquisition.  He’s got a TON of old cameras on a shelf above his desk.   I grabbed an old Kodak camera and snapped another macro for the blog.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

Afterwards, I went to my brother’s house and snapped a photo of Edie (my niece).  She was hanging out under the kitchen table.   I set the focus to 26 inches and started rocking back & forth until she was in focus.  She wasn’t too fond of the focusing lights.  When the image developed, I noticed a time stamp on top of the photo.  I pressed the Mode button on the back until “– — —-” showed up, hoping it would turn off that feature.  It did.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR - Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR – Impossible Project PZ680 Old Generation

What about its off camera flash capabilities??   I set up a Nikon SB-600, set at 1/16th power, about 3 inches away from a dead fly I found.   I figured, why not?  I set the camera to its closest focusing distance (3 inches) and hooked up some Pocket Wizards.  I turned the Macro 5’s internal flashes off and fired a photo.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR - Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR – Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

As stated in the Macro 5’s manual, “Test exposures may be required to determine the correct location and settings for the auxiliary flash unit for correct exposure”.  That’s definitely the case.   My Sekonic L-358 can only meter up to f/90.  I was guesstimating the right output on the SB-600 and the exposure is overexposed.  Regardless of the outcome of this photo, it’s pretty nice that you CAN use slaved flashes if you want to venture down that path.

One more test shot with slaved flashes.   This time I used a SB-600 & SB-800 and cross lit my Leica M2.  I set the focusing distance to 10 inches and tested the flash output with the L-358.  It was sitting around f/51-57.

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR - Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

Polaroid Macro 5 SLR – Impossible Project PZ-680 Old Generation

Phew!  Talk about a tough camera to shoot with off-camera flash!  With a fixed shutter speed of 1/50th and also dealing with an aperture range of f/20 – f/100, it certainly makes it challenging.  Now, I haven’t given up on its capabilities yet, however, I think I’ll save this thing for the next time I’m at the Dallas Arboretum.  I would imagine this thing would be great for flower & insect macros.

If macro photography is your cup of tea, you might be interested in picking up a Polaroid Macro 5 SLR from The Impossible Project here, or you can find them online on Ebay.

Thanks for reading!

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

PS – Impossible Project has just announced their newest batch of film.  To learn more about the latest advancements CLICK HERE. 

Erica Perry + The CW’s “The Next”

September 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

This past weekend, Synthia and I photographed Erica Perry at one of our favorite places; Buzzard’s Paradise. Erica is a super-talented country singer that has been performing around the metroplex for a few years. We’ve worked with her in the past on various projects which included some promo material for her EP, some images of her band and also some engagement photography.

This time around we shot her bridals and some new promotional photos for her. We figured that our friend’s ranch, Buzzard’s Paradise, was the perfect setting for these images. Of course, I can’t share the bridal photos now, but I can share some of the other photos we shot. A good friend of mine just recently let me borrow his Hasselblad 503CW with an 80mm & 50mm lens, so naturally, I used the hell out of that bad boy on this day. I also used some Impossible Project PX-70 COOL with a Polaroid SX-70.

A few images from this shoot …

Erica Perry - The CW's "The Next" - Hasselblad 503CW - 50mm f/4 - Portra 400VC

Erica Perry – The CW’s “The Next” – Hasselblad 503CW – 50mm f/4 – Portra 400VC

Erica Perry - The CW's "The Next" - Hasselblad 503CW - 50mm f/4 - Ektar 100

Erica Perry – The CW’s “The Next” – Hasselblad 503CW – 50mm f/4 – Ektar 100

Erica Perry - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL - Polaroid SX-70

Erica Perry – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL – Polaroid SX-70

Erica just recently made it to the top 24 of The CW’s The Next television show and this Thursday (9/13), the Dallas episode airs at 8PM. From what I understand, once the producers of The Next whittled down the competition to 24, they toured around to 6 cities to listen to the remaining contestants. Each of the cities had the audience vote and the winner of that particular city is announced when the show airs.

Of course, myself and everybody else I know hopes she wins and makes it to the next round, BUT if she doesn’t, there’s still a chance for her to make it to the finals. You can vote her into the wild card spot on September 20th.

Help support a local rising artist and watch The Next this Thursday night at 8pm! We’re keeping our fingers crossed!!

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

Impossible Project PX-70 V4B Opacification Test Film

August 24, 2012 § 6 Comments

A new batch of test film via The Impossible Project!   This particular batch is PX-70, optimized for use in SX-70 cameras.  PX-70 is rated at 125 ASA, where as the PX-680 V4B I tested was rated about 640 ASA.  For these tests, I’ll be shooting in various lighting scenarios; in the shade, overcast day, sunny day, indoors, using flash etc.

Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

— The first image I shot was of our boxer, Maybelle.  She’s been catching/chewing up sticks & tennis balls in the backyard lately.  I shot this with a dark-slide protecting the image from direct light nearing sundown, however when I went back inside and removed the photo, I placed it right side up to develop.  I’m guessing, but it looks as if the anti-opacification juice has been ‘upped’ a little bit.   As stated on their website, this version of PX-70 does take 35-45 minutes to fully develop.

Impossible Project PX70-V4B Anti-Opacifiation Test Film - Polaroid SX-70

Impossible Project PX70-V4B Anti-Opacifiation Test Film – Polaroid SX-70

Off the bat, A HUGE IMPROVEMENT over the PX680 I tested a few weeks ago.  The colors that were in the scene are represented very well in this image.

— My wife and I had a portrait shoot in downtown Dallas.   While I was in the Arts District, I grabbed a quick photo of the new Museum Tower.  When the newsletter came out for this particular test film, Impossible stated that you should “shield from direct sunlight, with little stress if the sun hits it shortly”.  It was an overcast morning, and admittedly I was overcautious. I did shield this particular image and tucked it away in a box to develop.  I cranked the exposure all the way down and fired away.  I checked on it every minute or so for the first 15 minutes and then brought it out into the open light to watch it develop.

Museum Tower - Dallas, TX - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B - SX-70

Museum Tower – Dallas, TX – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B – SX-70

— Fair Park: For the following, the image was taken with the exposure dial cranked all the way down and the image was ejected into the open in the shade. The image was exposed to ambient light for about 5-10 seconds, while I flipped it over and tucked it away in a box.  There looks to be little difference in the sky, between the image shielded at the Museum Tower and the image of the Texas Star Ferris Wheel.

Fair Park - Dallas, TX - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B - SX-70

A peek at The Texas Star – Dallas, TX – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B – SX-70

— I had picked up some flowers for Synthia, so I decided to use them to test the color indoors.  I set them near the window and cranked the exposure dial down 2/3’rds of the way on the SX-70.  I’m weary of over-exposure; can you tell?  For this image, it was shot near a window indoors, without being shielded, and was developed out in the open.   To be honest, I would probably focus this a little differently if I had the chance to do it over.   In my hurried state of excitement, I just let the autofocus go where it wanted to.

Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

— I went out later to a DART rail station by my house.  The sun had just set, so I went ahead and shot the image, cranked 2/3’rds of the way down & unshielded.  Once it ejected, I tucked it away in my bag.   When I got back to my car (after maybe 2 minutes), I pulled the image out and drove back home.

Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

— Another image grabbed was at a Rangers game.  The last time I went to one, I had shot some with a Spectra & some PZ680.   This time around, I was happy to have the SX-70 loaded up with this test film 🙂  We had tickets alllllllll the way up top and I snapped an image of the viewpoint.   This was shot unshielded @ 2/3’rds dark and was tucked away into a box to develop seconds afterwards.

The Ballpark in Arlington - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

The Ballpark in Arlington – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

Unfortunately, since it was an evening game, I didn’t get to shoot as much as I would have liked.   The ambient light faded quickly and I decided to NOT test fate on iffy exposures.

— I went up to Zak’s Donuts to snag a quick pic of a donut with sprinkles.   It would be a good test of the film’s sharpness.   I did the, now, normal routine of shooting it unshielded & tucked it away in the box.  I shot this @ 2/3’rds dark, near a window.   NOTE:  As as I’ve also seen some state online, this particular batch of PX-70 film needs a little more exposure than what you’re used to giving it.   I probably could have shot this at 1/2 – 1/3 dark and been OK.

Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B Opacification Test Film

Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B Opacification Test Film

— A quick shot of Synthia at the park.   I used the Impossible flash bar by MINT @ 1/2 power and had the exposure dial set in the center.   Shot unshielded and tucked away.  It’s a little underexposed.   I’ll try full power and maybe 1/3’rd dark next time around at this distance.

Impossible Project PX-70 V4B w/ MINT flash bar at 1/2 power

Impossible Project PX-70 V4B w/ MINT flash bar at 1/2 power

— We ate at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Rockwall, TX.   I snagged this photo just outside the restaurant/bar that’s located in the marina.  Synthia suggested to shoot it upside-down.  It was a little tricky but not too bad.  This image was shot 2/3’rds dark and unshielded.

Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 V4B

The last example image shot was the one at the beginning of the article.  I used the Impossible Flash Bar at 1/2 power to fire 3 other flashes in a small studio setup.   I used two strip boxes and a SB-800 flash to help illuminate the scene.  Please excuse the flash stand haha … 

If you’ve never shot Impossible Film before, NOW IS THE TIME to get on the wagon.   Word on the street is that these versions of their films will be available THIS FALL.   Think about it.   Pick yourself up any type of Polaroid 600, Spectra, or SX-70 and you’ll be set!  Because the newer batches of film aren’t as sensitive to light, all you have to do is tuck the image away within a few seconds to develop, OR if you’re indoors, you can watch it develop!  Up until this point, the images have needed a high level of protection in order to keep them safe from ambient light when the initial stages of development had begun.  Shielding the film has been a necessity.   Very quickly, that level of protection is becoming less & less needed.

-Justin

www.goodephotography.biz

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