A PolaWalk in Sundance Square

December 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past Saturday, the Instant Film Society was at it again storming the streets with our Polaroids in hand.  I’ve started to organize monthly meet ups around the D/FW area to help promote and encourage the use of instant film.  While doing so, I’ve met an incredible amount of talented and passionate people that enjoy instant photography.   Besides the ones that were already into it, I’ve helped a lot of my friends get their feet wet and most if not all, LOVE it.  The tangible instant gratification is something that I think appeals to everyone that tries it out.

The weather on the day of was perfect.  You really couldn’t have asked for better weather.  It was slightly overcast and 70 degrees … in December.   You’ve got to love Texas.  Anyhow, I cruised out to Ft. Worth with my friend Jama and we ended up making it out there a little early.  Made our way over to the The Flying Saucer (the meet up spot) and I saw Troy B. making his way towards us.   I’ve interacted with Troy online quite a few times, but this was the first time he was able to attend one of these events with us.   Long story short, he’s a super nice guy and his presence was definitely a bonus.   We instantly started gabbing all things photography and clicked off the bat.  By this time, Annie, another person I’d met online, showed up and you could tell that she was happy to be there amongst like-minded peeps.   Come to think of it, most of the people that came to this particular walk were new to the group and had not been to a previous one.   For me, that’s really encouraging.  It means that this positive vibe I’m throwing out there, into the world about instant photography, is working.   I truly believe the world reciprocates positivity when you give it the same.  That seems to be happening with the Instant Film Society.  I couldn’t be happier.

We waited around for the rest of the group to show up while talking shop with each other.  Richard, who was at our first event, joined up with us and I’m so glad he came back.  His energy is palpable and he’s so much fun to be around.  My good friend Justin V. (JV) and his son Callum showed up .. which was awesome.  Amanda P., this super nice girl I’d met online who’s working on a long term photo project (Impossibly Expired) came to the walk too and ended up loaning Callum a SX-70 and a pack of film to shoot with!  Anyhow,  JV later said that seeing Callum’s eyes at that moment was the highlight of his night.  🙂  RJ, a fellow film lover that I had met online was there.  Amy, my good friend that has dove head first into Polaroid cruised out too.  Laidric, one of the now regulars in our group came out again.  He’s always fun to hang around with. Jessica H., a girl that knows one of my best friends, showed up with one of her friends (I forgot your name  .. sorry!)  Annie, whom I mentioned earlier, got me in touch with two photographers, Steve & Erin, who are into vintage cameras a few weeks ago and they of course showed up too!  Last but certainly not least, Christian, Elaine and a group of their family/friends met up with us as well.  Christian is a big promoter of instant film around his neck of the woods and has been to every event we’ve had.   I just can’t say enough just how cool all of these people are and how much I enjoy their company.  Alright, enough with the role call …

This walk, was mainly geared towards shooting instant film at night and shooting long exposures.  We had about an hour of light before the sun set when we began.  As things got darker, most used tripods to help steady their exposures during this PolaWalk.  One of the things I love about photography and also hosting these events, is that I get to see and share unique perspectives from a variety of instant photographers.  From beginners to professionals, each have their own approach in how they see and capture the subject which is reflected in these images.

Enjoy a healthy mix of Impossible Project, expired Polaroid, and Fuji peel-apart images …

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid Spectra - PZ600 Black Frame

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ600 Black Frame

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Annie Donovan - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Erin Curry - Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Erin Curry – Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid 690

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid Land Camera – Polaroid 690

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid 690

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid Land Camera – Polaroid 690

Photo: Troy Bradford - Polaroid SX-70 - Imposible Project PX-70 COOL

Photo: Troy Bradford – Polaroid SX-70 – Imposible Project PX-70

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Amanda Potter – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Steve Reeves - Polaroid 600SE - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Steve Reeves – Polaroid 600SE – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Erin Curry - Polaroid SX-70 Sonar - Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Erin Curry – Polaroid SX-70 Sonar – Impossible Project PX-100 Old Gen

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Annie Donovan - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Annie Donovan – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Amy Hirsch - Polaroid 250 - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Amy Hirsch – Polaroid 250 – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Callum Vinson - Polaroid Rainbow SX-70 - EXPIRED PX-70

Photo: Callum Vinson – Polaroid Rainbow SX-70 – EXPIRED PX-70

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid One Step - Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid One Step – Impossible Project PX-680 CP

Photo: Elaine Rios Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Elaine Rios – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Elaine Rios Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Elaine Rios Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-70 CP

Photo: Justin Vinson - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Justin Vinson – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Christian Oliveira - Polaroid Alpha SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid Alpha SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Christian Oliviera - Polaroid Alpha SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid Alpha SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Christian Oliviera - Polaroid Alpha SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Christian Oliveira – Polaroid Alpha SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-680 CP + ND

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid Spectra Pro - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid Spectra Pro – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid Spectra Pro - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid Spectra Pro – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Jama Plotts - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Jama Plotts – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson - Polaroid Spectra Pro - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Laidric Stevenson – Polaroid Spectra Pro – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Justin Vinson - Polaroid Spectra - Impossible Project PZ680 CP

Photo: Justin Vinson – Polaroid Spectra – Impossible Project PZ680 CP

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of the night, a group of us met back up at The Flying Saucer and grabbed a few beers while talking about all things photography.   Steve set up his Polaroid 600SE and snapped a couple of long exposures on his Polaroid using Fuji’s FP-100C.  The following exposures were set up from the area we were hanging out at, exposed for 30 minutes due to the reciprocity failure of the film and were, as Steve said, “fueled by a Left Hand Milk Stout” 🙂

Photo: Steve Reeves - Polaroid 600SE - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Steve Reeves – Polaroid 600SE – Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Steve Reeves - Polaroid 600SE - Fuji FP-100C

Photo: Steve Reeves – Polaroid 600SE – Fuji FP-100C

Are you interested in joining us for our next PolaWalk?  We’ll be shooting around Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX on January 26th.  If you’d like more info, you can find it here.

Twitter user? Follow us: @UseInstantFilm

As always, thanks for reading.

-Justin

www.instantfilmsociety.com

www.goodephotography.biz

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

www.instantfilmsociety.com

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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 – 

NEW Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

September 4, 2012 § 6 Comments

Round three!  Impossible improved on its previous version of PX-680 opacification test film and offered another batch to their pioneers to test.   This time around, I picked up as many as I could (4 packs).

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Luckily, a couple weeks ago, I had picked up a ND4 filter.  I don’t have a 680 and/or 690 so this filter was going to come in VERY handy.  For any non-photogs reading this, a ND4 filter reduces the amount of light that hits the film by a measurement of “2 stops”.   When using a SX-70, a camera optimized for 100 speed film, a ND4 is necessary in order to get proper exposures with 600 speed film.    You still have to underexpose, BUT it makes using PX-680 in a SX-70 do-able.

After the four packs of test film arrived, I loaded up the SX-70 and waited on an opportune time to head outside to snap some test images.  After dinner, Synthia and I decided to walk around part of White Rock Lake.  Killing two birds with one stone; a little bit of exercise & an opportunity to grab a frame …

White Rock Lake - Dallas, TX - Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

White Rock Lake – Dallas, TX – Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

I used the ND4 filter and cranked the exposure down 2/3’rds of the way.   Trusting the ‘black paste’, I ejected it without shielding it, and tucked it away in my bag.

NOTE: When using a ND4 filter with PX-680 film in a SX-70, be aware that the camera is metering for 100 speed film.  Exposures might be a little on the long side depending on where and what you are shooting.  You’ll see examples of softer images in this blog post.   DO NOT think for one second, that PX-680 isn’t sharp.  It’s ridiculously crisp.   

The following afternoon, I burned a few images on my buddy Mike Hawkins; a brilliant guy & solid friend.   He’s been living in Alaska for the past year and just recently got accepted into the Peace Corps.   He’s in town for a month before he makes his way out to Vanuatu (between Papa New Guinea & Fiji) to go teach English.   Ya .. he’s one of those people 😉

I figured a triptych would suit him well.  Hawkins-style; headband, RayBans, some old plaid shirt and his Nalgene.  Word.

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Michael Hawkins - Polaroid SX-70 - Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Michael Hawkins – Polaroid SX-70 – Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Later on that evening, Synthia and I went to my grandparents for dinner.  When we arrived, it was nearing sunset, so I grabbed the two of them and snapped a couple of photos before it was too dark.  You should have seen their faces.  They lit up when the image came out of the SX-70.   “A Polaroid!!!”  Yes, Mema & Papa.  That’s how I roll.

My Grandmother.   She's 82 years young :-)

My Grandmother. She’s 82 years young 🙂 ND4 – 1/2 underexposed

Papa - 82 years young as well :-)

Papa – 82 years young as well 🙂

That weekend, my wife and I shot a wedding in Carrollton, TX.   For almost all of the Impossible images I shot, I used PX-70 COOL, but for one image, I used this test film.   There was an elderly couple, that had just finished dancing and I grabbed a quick pic of them as they were walking off the dance floor.    I used the MINT flash bar and had it set, as suggested, at 1/2 power.  I showed their son the image later on and he was ecstatic that I was going to give the bride & groom a stack of ‘polaroids’ that included this one …

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C w/ MINT Flash Bar

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C w/ MINT Flash Bar

A few days later, I went out to play some disc golf with Hawkins.    I snapped one image while we were there.   It was nearing twilight, so the light was fading quickly.  The exposure was nearly a 1/3 – 1/2 of a second.

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Test Film + ND4

Unshielded Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Test Film + ND4 & Neutral

Later on during the week, I stopped by our local neighborhood convenient store to grab a drink.   I’ve been going here for a good 15+ years and the owners are super friendly.  Ryan, the one I seem to talk to the most was working this particular afternoon.  As I was paying for my drink, I asked him if he would mind if I took a photo of him with this new test film I had.   He smiled and said “Of course!”  We stepped outside and I had him sit on the curb in front of the store.   Because were we pretty deep in the shade, the exposure was a little long (maybe 1/10th).

Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Unshielded Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

After I snapped his photo, I took a quick snapshot of their sign (ND4 & -2/3rd’s).  I ejected the film, without shielding it, in direct sunlight.  I cruised back up there later on and gave Ryan the images I took.   I figured he & his family would appreciate them.

Unshielded Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Unshielded Impossible Project PX-680 V4C Black Paste Film

Overall .. WOW!  A huuuuuuuuge improvement in the color, compared to the PX-680 V4B that I tested out a month ago.   ALL OF THESE images were shot without being shielded, upon ejection.    The anti-opacification molecule is working wonders.   Granted, if you don’t want a vintage look like the image above has, you might want to shield in direct sunlight.  However, having that look as an option just gives you more creative flexibility on the spot.    How cool is that?

The only thing I’m wondering is, upon the release of these new films, how long will it be before Impossible reveals the camera they have been working on?

-Justin

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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

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Impossible Project PX-680 V4B Opacification Test Film

August 1, 2012 § 8 Comments

Impossible Project announced to their pioneers last week, that their chief chemist Martin Steinmeijer, had invented a brand new opacification molecule.   They said it’s designed to completely absorb light as the photograph exits the camera and remains colorless and transparent once the image has fully developed. TIP also stated “this new molecule is as powerful as the molecule used in the original Polaroid materials and for the first time will allow you to take your Impossible photographs without the need of immediate shielding.” THIS is what everyone has been waiting for.

I received the pioneer newsletter in my email one morning, and when I saw how fast the packs were going, I snagged two of them (limit of 4). I was going to wait, but I’m so glad I didn’t … they sold all 400 packs available in the states, in under 30 minutes.  When the film came in the mail a few days later, I was pretty excited.  This was the first time I’d been able to test a new batch of film … I ripped open the package.

Impossible Project PX680-V4B Test Film

Impossible Project PX680-V4B Test Film – SWEEEEET.

I didn’t have a Polaroid 680/690 to shoot this film with, nor did I have a ND4 filter to slap on the SX-70 .. but I did have a Polaroid One Step Flash that had been sitting on my shelf.  I figured I’d shoot a variety of subjects with the OneStepFlash, the RB67 and possibly the SX-70+ND2 lit by the mid-day sun, indoor on-camera flash, studio strobes, ambient light, long-exposures etc.

I loaded up the first pack of film and headed out with Synthia. We ended up going to the Design District Gallery Day to check out some new photographs that were at PDNB. I was going to snag some photos but it was 106 outdoors and nothing really looked worthy enough.  We ended up cruising up the road to one of my favorite overlooks of downtown.  Over the past couple of months, I had come here to snag two other impossible photos on an overcast day and in the evening.   I jumped out of the car, cranked the exposure down & fired off a shot with the OneStepFlash.  WITHOUT SHIELDING THE PHOTO, it ejected into the blazin’ sun when it was still 100+ degrees.  During the ride home, the photo developed out in the open & in my lap for about 30 minutes (at 80ish degrees I would imagine).

Dallas, TX - Polaroid OneStep Flash - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Dallas, TX – Polaroid OneStep Flash – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Regarding the color you’ll see in these images, TIP stated “these packs are not yet fully optimized for color performance .. it is still being worked on at this time .. the focus was on the opacification layer.”

My friend JV had met up with us to check out the gallery, so after we got back home, I set up a few lights and took a picture of him.  Don’t look too serious now buddy … 😉

Impossible Project PX-680-V4B Test Film - Mamiya RB67 - 105mm SF-C

Impossible Project PX-680-V4B Test Film – Mamiya RB67 – 105mm SF-C – Developed @ 75 degrees

I shot this particular impossible photo on the RB67.  After I shot it, I went to a dark closet to extract the photo, put it in an empty PX-70 pack and slid it fully inside the SX-70.  Then I brought the SX-70 out into a lit room, closed the front .. *camera ejects film* .. and BAM – opacification molecules doing their ‘thang’ in the light.  It sat on a table for 25 minutes developing in the office.

Later on in the weekend, I figured a test of the highlights, and how the film handled harsh on-camera-flash would be good to have.  I snapped a pic of Maybelle indoors (by enticing her with treats) and walked the exposed picture over to an area I had set up by the window.  I shot a stop-motion video sequence with the D700 so I could show how the picture developed. I snapped a photo every 5-10 seconds over a 25 minute period, but admittedly it was probably every 3-5 once the development started to kick in.  The image is about as good as I would expect from a OneStep indoors, with a bright blaring flash .. *poor Maybelle .. she got lots of love after being temporarily blinded*

Polaroid OneStep Flash - PX680-V4B - Even Exposure

Polaroid OneStep Flash – PX680-V4B – Even Exposure – Developed @ 80 degrees

The next day, I ended up experimenting a little bit and extracted a test photo *in the darkroom*, slid it inside an empty Spectra pack and loaded up my Spectra AF.  Why not?

I went up the road and snagged a quick photo of a donut shop.  The sun was probably a little behind me to my left and it was 4 o’clock.   I shot it with an even exposure.  When I got back home, I went back into the closet to do the impossible shuffle and again, brought the camera out to eject the photo into the light to test the new opacification molecule.

Spectra AF - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Spectra AF – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B – Developed @ 75 degrees

One thing I have noticed, is that the level of goopyness in the shadows isn’t as pronounced as it has been in the past.   In previous versions of their films, there were blobs and a splotchiness to the images (which honestly I liked) which is not prevalent in these test packs.

I liked the outcome of the first Spectra image, so I loaded up another shot and went out later to test a long exposure.   I ended up cruising to The Dog Stop; a place I ate at years ago with my wife one day.   I set the Spectra up on a tripod and bumped the exposure up 1/3rd of the way; it was about a second or two as I recall.   I drove back home and did the impossible shuffle yet again, so the image could develop in the light.

Spectra AF - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Spectra AF – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B – Developed 75 degrees

The following day, I stuck with the theme of ‘random-buildings-i-have-always-wanted-to-shoot-but-never-have’ around the area and snapped another photo with the Spectra.

Como Motel - Spectra AF - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Como Motel – Spectra AF – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B – Fully Underexposed – Developed 75 degrees

OK – Enough with the building photos ..

I loaded up the PX680-V4B in my SX-70 and swung by the lake.  The sun had just set and there was this incredible light on the lake (isn’t that always the case ;-)).  I cranked the exposure dial all the way down and hoped for the best …

White Rock Lake - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B - Polaroid SX-70 - Exposure Down

White Rock Lake – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B – Polaroid SX-70 – Exposure Down – Developed 90 degrees

Again, less goopy-ness in the shadows.  It does look like the overall quality of the highlights & shadows are improving.   It seems, like in this image, it’s getting a little less gunked up and is rendering smoother tonal gradations.  Now with that said, I love the gunk/funk of the old images.   That’s part of what makes those old-gen, 12/11, NIGO and other variations so cool.  I just like it gunky.

EDIT: One more from the RB …

Mamiya RB67 - 105mm SF-C - Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Mamiya RB67 – 105mm SF-C – Impossible Project PX-680 V4B

Same thing.  Did the impossible shuffle to extract the photo and get it into the SX-70, however, after I ejected the photo in the light, I stowed it away, a few seconds afterwards, in a box for the duration of the development @ 75 degrees.

Overall, it looks to be a massive improvement in the way their films can handle direct ambient indoor light & outdoor light once the image has started its development.  The Impossible chemists have been trying to solve the opacification issue for a while.  Soon in the near future, as I did with these,  you WILL NOT HAVE TO SHIELD THE PHOTO as it ejects from the camera.  This is a HUGE step forward.  There will be no need to teach shielding techniques to new shooters, nor will there be a need to convince them that all the hassle is worth it.   For the average person, who might want something special beyond a digital snapshot,  this is a massive leap in their direction.   Convincing them to use Impossible Project film will be a hell of a lot easier, when shielding the film isn’t a necessity.  Bravo Impossible .. Bravo.

-Justin

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Recreating a Classic Polaroid Ad on Impossible Project Film

July 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

About a month ago, I was browsing the internet and came across Paul Giambarba’s website.  Giambarba, is the graphic designer that created Polaroid’s iconic product identity.  I read an article about the integral role he played in the branding of Polaroid and after reading it, I was so inspired by the designs he created, I rummaged around the house for materials and recreated one.

Recreating Paul Giambarba's design on Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Paul Giambarba’s design on Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Since I’ve been back from our recent trip to Aspen, I’ve been pondering what to photograph and have had the itch to use the RB67 with some Impossible film.   I picked up some PX-70 NIGO this month, and had a few images left from a pack I shot at the ranch. With the NIGO film, I’ve been carefully sneaking peeks at the colors as I’ve been shooting it, and I knew that an orange-framed photo about to surface.

I started to look through old Polaroid ads online and came across a strikingly simple image of a folded-up SX-70 partially pulled out of its case.  A couple months ago, I picked up a first model SX-70 w/ case at an estate sale and knew that I had the equipment to recreate this image.  The lighting aspect of it is quite simple.   You only need one flash/strobe & a snoot w/ grids to light the subject.

Flash w/ Snoot & Grid

Flash w/ Snoot & Grid

Setup

I snapped this a little while after I took the photo, but you get the gist of the setup.

I put together a quick studio setup and placed the camera on a piece of black foam core board.  I boomed up a flash with a homemade snoot/grid and I dialed in the exposure with the D700.  Once I had the light just right, I went to position the RB, but it turned out to be a little tricky.  Of course when viewing the image, it was reversed.  But even more challenging, because I was shooting vertically, the camera/subject was actually upside down when I was looking at it.

Reversed image in the Mamiya RB67

Reversed image in the Mamiya RB67

It took some time before I was ready to pull the trigger, but when I finally was, I did the Impossible/RB67 shuffle and created this image.

Mamiya RB67 - 150mm SF-C - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO

Mamiya RB67 – 150mm SF-C – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO

It seemed it wasn’t complete without text, so I photoshopped a scan from something Impossible I had in my house and overlaid it in CS.  You can see the image here.

From my limited experience with TIP & flash, I am enjoying the level of control you have over the highlights in a ‘studio setting’.  Metering scenes and knowing exactly how much juice I’m giving the negative always makes for a more consistent outcome.    I look forward to the day that Impossible creates their own analog camera and I really hope it has manual settings and flash-sync capability …

Thanks for reading.

-Justin

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A Road Trip to Aspen + Impossible Project + Leica M2 & 15mm – Part:4/4

July 16, 2012 § 11 Comments

We decided the night before, that we’d wake up early on Sunday and take the jeep to check out The Crystal Mill.  From Aspen, it takes about an hour to get to Marble and the mill is 5 miles outside of town, only accessible by way of the Crystal River Jeep Trail.  I’ve seen it books in the past and have always wanted to see it in person. After it was built in 1893, it used a water turbine to power an air compressor, for use in silver ore processing at two nearby mines.  The drive in was gorgeous, but was no comparison to what was in store. Once we reached it, we were stunned!

Crystal Mill - Colorado - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Crystal Mill – Colorado – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Crystal Mill - Colorado - Adox 20 - Leica M2 - 15mm CV Heliar

Crystal Mill – Colorado – Adox 20 – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander

I ran around like a nut snapping pictures with the SX-70, Leica and the Polaroid 100 (for an emulsion-transfer collage). We stayed there for the better part of an hour and when we were about to leave, two jacked-up jeeps came roaring around a bend in the road and parked by us.  One of the drivers hopped out and started walking towards us and Kat asked him if there were other roads to take besides the one we drove in on. He smiled. “It depends on where you want to go. You can go all the way to Crested Butte if you like. But if you’re trying to get back to Marble, if you take this road just past the town of Crystal, the Lead King Basin trail will loop around and take you back into town. If you’ve never done it before, it is totally worth it. A little sketchy at times, with some challenging switchbacks and steps (he motioned his hands to represent about a foot’s height), but if you take it slow you’ll be fine.”

As soon as Kat confirmed some of the more important turns on the route, we hopped back in the jeep and drove up the road into the quasi-ghost town of Crystal, CO. The town (10 or so homes & structures) is only occupied in the summer, as it’s completely uninhabitable in the winter. When we drove into Crystal, it was a sight that I had always imagined but had never seen. Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, was this little slice of heaven .. an outdoor-lover’s paradise.  We pulled up a bit but then we all decided, for the sake of time, we’d backtrack our way in. We busted a U and I snagged a quick frame of one of the homes on some PX-70 NIGO film.

Crystal, CO - Impossible Project PX-70 Nigo Edition

Crystal, CO – Impossible Project PX-70 Nigo Edition

When we drove back towards the Crystal Mill, the gent we had talked to earlier was standing near the middle of the road. He raised his arms in the air, put his hands on his hips and had a look of total disbelief. Kat chuckled and said “Oh lord, the Sheriff of Crystal …” He started shaking his head .. “I’m telling you guys, it’ll only tack on 30 minutes to your route. We’ll be right behind you if you come into a problem. We’re headed up the Schofield Pass, but we’ll be taking Lead King Basin on our way out.”

You just have to go with the flow sometimes. We busted another U and went back up the road into Crystal. As we were driving through the town, we passed a couple of kids who were playing with their dog, aptly named Crystal. The last home was deep inside a giant grove of Aspens before a fork in the road. As soon as we passed through the town, we all knew the man was correct; this was the way to go.

Crystal, CO - Adox 20 - Leica M2 - 15mm CV Heliar

Crystal, CO – Adox 20 – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander

To the right was the trail to Crested Butte and to the left was our trail. In between the fork, was a giant sign that read “Extremely Rough Road Ahead – Vehicle Traffic Discouraged – 4×4 with Experienced Drivers and Narrow Wheel Base Only”.  Kristina asked Kat “Uhh .. Kat? Are you an experienced driver?” “Yes, Kristina.”

Lead King Basin Jeep Trail - Colorado - Impossible Project PX-70 Nigo Edition

Lead King Basin Jeep Trail – Colorado – Impossible Project PX-70 Nigo Edition

Lead King Basin Trail - Adox 20 - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander

Lead King Basin Trail – Adox 20 – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander

Lead King Basin Trail - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Adox 20

Lead King Basin Trail – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Adox 20

It took us about 2 hours to drive 8 miles in some of the prettiest parts of Colorado I have ever seen …

When we went through Marble earlier on our way to the Crystal Mill, we passed a barbecue joint;  Slow Groovin’ BBQ. We all were starving by this point, so we stopped in for some grub & beer.

Slow Groovin' BBQ - Marble, CO - Adox 20 - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander

Slow Groovin’ BBQ – Marble, CO – Adox 20 – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander

When the first round of brews arrived, we saluted Kat’s driving abilities and then sat back and enjoyed the Colorado summer day.  After some pretty tasty BBQ topped off with a root-beer float, we started to make our way to the Yule Marble Quarry.  It only took about 10 minutes to get there, but when we arrived, it was yet another spectacular view.

Yule Marble Quarry - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Adox 20

Looking towards the Yule Marble Quarry – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Adox 20

Photo: Synthia Goode - Marble, CO - Spectra SE - Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Photo: Synthia Goode – Marble, CO – Spectra SE – Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We headed back to the house, to enjoy one last evening of hanging out before we had to leave in the AM. Due to a little bit of car trouble we had during the week (no road trip is complete without right?), we left a little later than we wanted to. As we were driving through the mountains on the way back, we both had that “why don’t we live here?” feeling.  It’s just so nice in Colorado …

The drive out of the mountains was beautiful. Even though it was a little chilly, I rolled down the windows so I could breathe in the crisp mountain air one more time.  I stopped a few times to take some snapshots …

Aspen, CO - Mamiya C330 - Fuji Acros 100 - Rodinal

Aspen, CO – Mamiya C330 – Fuji Acros 100 – Rodinal

Independence Pass - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - HP5 Plus - Rodinal

Independence Pass – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – HP5 Plus – Rodinal

Independence Pass - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - HP5 Plus - Rodinal

Independence Pass – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – HP5 Plus – Rodinal

When we passed through Westcliffe, about 30 miles outside, everyone was being stopped. Construction workers were telling everyone to turn around because the road had been washed out by a storm.  The lady directing traffic told us that we’d have to go back into Westcliffe, and then make our way back up to Colorado City (about 60 miles away) to get towards I-25. She said from there, it would take about 20-30 minutes to get to the highway.  Boo.

Synthia and I rode quietly in the car together for about an hour until we crested over a one of the mountains in the San Isabel National Forest. To my right, was something I hadn’t seen in years; The Bishop Castle. About 25 years ago, my family used to occasionally come to Colorado in the summer, to stay near Wescliffe. We had taken this route at one point, and I vaguely remembered visiting this castle as a kid. One man, Jim Bishop, has built this castle by himself over the past 40+ years …

Bishop Castle - Colorado - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Bishop Castle – Colorado – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

As a scale reference, there is a man on top of the right tower in the image above …

Bishop Castle - Colorado - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Bishop Castle – Colorado – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Once the initial excitement of seeing this structure wore off, we hopped back in the car and made our way towards I-25 ..

Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

We merged onto the highway and cruised down to Raton, NM. When we started heading east towards Dumas, we drove right into a rainstorm ..

Raton, NM to Dumas, TX - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - FP5 Plus - Rodinal

Raton, NM to Dumas, TX – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – FP5 Plus – Rodinal

After a while the storms gave way, and we drove the 400-ish miles we had left on our journey through the clear of the night …

Cruisin' down 287 - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Cruisin’ down 287 – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

It was a trip that I will remember for a lifetime.  Synthia and I can’t thank Kristina and Kat enough for showing us such an incredible time, yet again, in Colorado.  We love you guys so much!

BTW, Impossible Project – A big thank you to the chemistry of your product; from the way the film “sees” a scene, to the soft colors, to the painterly quality of the images, to the rich analog life it has .. all make me crave its photographic substance a little more. Diving deeper into instant photography is something I do not regret. Thank you for making such a quality product and for the inspiration.

-Justin

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July 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

The following day, we decided to drive up Aspen Mountain to play some frisbee golf. When we got to the top, the signs read “highest disc golf course in the world!”. At 11,200 feet, it was an awesome place to play some disc. The course had 18 holes which zig-zagged their way down & up the side of the mountain.

Aspen Mountain Disc Golf Course - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Aspen Mountain Disc Golf Course – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

We ended up playing about 1/2 of the course and then decided to walk over to The Sundeck to take a break.

Enjoying a Fat Tire & the view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain

Enjoying a Fat Tire & the view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain

The view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

The view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

When we were finished, we took the jeep down the backside of the mountain towards Hunter Creek Rd. to get back into town.

Cruisin' down Aspen Mountain - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Cruisin’ down Aspen Mountain – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

We eventually parted ways and Synthia and I decided to go up Independence Pass to check out the Lost Man Lake trail. The trail goes up to two lakes, Independence and Lost Man, which are near the top of the continental divide. We started at the Roaring Fork Trailhead and once we walked in about 1000 feet, it was like we had stepped into another part of the world. Dense, lush, spongy landscape rich with wildflowers and moss covered rocks. Just beautiful …

This was one of many moments on this trip, in which I was really glad we brought our boxer with us. Seeing her run up and down the trail, prancing around was a sight to see. She was so happy!

Maybelle on the Lost Man Trail - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Maybelle on the Lost Man Trail – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Taking a break on Lost Man Trail - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Taking a break on Lost Man Trail – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

While we were en route, we could see a few people alongside a ridge about another mile up the trail. That was our goal. I knew that over that distant ridge was either Lost Man Lake or at the very least, an amazing view. Once we got to Independence Lake, we knew that Lost Man was just over the ridge. We passed a hiker on the way up, and mentioned something about it being our first time on the trail. A broad smile appeared, and he assured us that the view the first time, was something we’d never forget … he was SO right. When we reached the top, I was completely wowed. All I could do was stumble around in awe, as I gawked at the wondrous display of nature that was before me. We stayed up there for a good 30-45 minutes, just soaking it in …

Synthia at Lost Man Lake - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Synthia at Lost Man Lake – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition

Independence Lake - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Independence Lake – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

Lost Man Lake - Independence Pass - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Lost Man Lake – Independence Pass – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

Photo: Synthia Goode - Lost Man Trail - Independence Pass - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Synthia Goode – Lost Man Trail – Independence Pass – Impossible Project PZ600

Lost Man Trail - Independence Pass - Impossible Projct PX-70 COOL

Lost Man Trail – Independence Pass – Impossible Projct PX-70 COOL

Photo: Synthia Goode - Independence Lake - Aspen, CO - Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ600

Photo: Synthia Goode – Independence Lake – Aspen, CO – Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ600

It was nearing 7 o’clock and some storms started rolling in. We put on some parkas and made our way back down the trail. We were supposed to have dinner at Steakhouse 316 with Kristina and Kat at 9, so it was a good thing the impending storm nudged us along.

Dinner was scrumdiddlyumptious! If you’re ever in the Aspen area, you have got to go check this place out. Kat is the ridiculously talented executive chef at Steakhouse 316, and everything, I mean EVERYTHING she makes is fantastic. Hands down .. the things she has cooked has been some of the best food I’ve had in my life. The four of us enjoyed a delicious spread at the restaurant which included jumbo lump crab cakes and savory steaks, along with many highly delectable sides. By the time we finished our food, they were closing down so we walked back home to relax the rest of the evening …

Synthia: Relaxed? We actually went home to enjoy our 4th bottle of wine …

To be continued …

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July 12, 2012 § 4 Comments

The next morning, Kristina & Synthia went to breakfast while Kat went to do some prep-work at the restaurant.  I took the jeep out and cruised up to The Grottos to check out the ice cave.   When we visited last year in June, the entrance was blocked with ice and there wasn’t a path.  I was anxious to see if there was a clear route through the ice this time around.  Luckily, there was and I made my way down and crawled inside …

The Grottos - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

The Grottos - Ice Caves - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

The Grottos – Ice Caves – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

The Grottos - Ice Caves - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Ice Caves – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Later on that day, I found some info on this cave in Hiking Colorado’s Geology ebook online.  “The Grottos formed when the Roaring Fork River was swollen with meltwater from receding Ice Age glaciers about 15,000 years ago. The meltwater coursed over the granitic bedrock carrying rocks and other debris that sculpted the cavern’s walls through abrasive action.  Today, the river has abandoned the channel through the Grottos, leaving behind a slot canyon with windows open to the sky. Unlike most caverns, which are created where limestone is dissolved by water, the Grottos are carved in solid Precambrian granitic rock (1.4 billion-year-old quartz monzonite).”

Once I was done chillin’ in the ice cave, I walked around for a bit and eventually sat down at this bench to watch the cascades …

The Grottos - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

I made my way back down the mountain and met up with Kristina & Synthia at Victoria’s coffee shop.   By the time I downed the best Cafe Mocha I’ve had in my life .. literally, Kat had cruised up on her bike.  Maybe it was the coffee, but I was antsy to get back out there and ‘do something’ but Kristina & Synthia were content just hanging out sippin’ on their wine (I can’t particularly blame them now can I?).  Something about hiking the Ute Trail was mentioned, and both Kat and I decided that was a good idea.

We brought the dogs with us, Diego & Maybelle, and made our way to the trailhead.   Kristina & Kat had both warned me that this hike was BRUTAL … I had no idea.   It was literally like being on a stair-master for almost an hour .. intense.   The hike is about a mile up and you gain 1,300 feet of elevation during the hike.

Hiking The Yute Trail - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Hiking The Yute Trail – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

The whole way up, we were both huffin’ and puffin’, but as we passed people who were hiking down, they all said the view was completely worth it.   Kat mentioned, that there are people that have lived their whole life in Aspen and have never made it to the top.    A shame, considering the stunning view that awaits its victors …

On top of The Yute - Aspen, CO - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

On top of The Ute – Aspen, CO – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Submission for Impossible's Vacation Contest - PX-70 COOL

Picture proof that we made it! – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Top of the Yute Trail - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

Top of the Ute Trail – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Unfortunately, it started to rain and Kat had to make it back into work.  We hauled booty back down the ever-increasing slippery trail, but by the time we got back to the jeep, the rain was letting up.

Once we got back to the casa, Synthia had made a picnic dinner for the two of us and wanted to go lay out somewhere to enjoy the scenery .. uhh Ya! 🙂

I wanted to show her the ice cave, so we drove back to The Grottos and made our way up to this great little nook at the top of the cascades.   It was away from the traffic of most of the visitors and to be honest, we saw maybe 10 people in the 3 hours that we were there.

Synthia @ The Grottos - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

Synthia @ The Grottos – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Photo: Synthia Goode - The Grottos - Spectra SE - Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Photo: Synthia Goode – The Grottos – Spectra SE – Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Hanging out @ The Grottos - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Hanging out @ The Grottos – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

My Beautiful Wife @ The Grottos - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

My Beautiful Wife @ The Grottos – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

When we got back, I ‘pulled the old man card’ and relaxed the rest of the evening.  I had to get a jump start on writing about our trip 🙂  Synthia eventually met up with K&K when they got off work, and the ladies came giggling back after the bars closed.

To be continued …

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