Adventures is Polachrome. Nikon F2 loaded with decades expired rare Polaroid Polachrome instant 35mm colour slide film. Despite being long expired, the beautifully ethereal quality of the Polaroid colours remained vivid, with a tone and grain structure somewhat reminiscent of the early autochrome process. Probably due to expired and failing chemistry, the slide film would no longer clear naturally and required a vigorous post development wash.
In the half-light: half–light (noun) /ˈhæfˌlaɪt/ Brit /ˈhɑːfˌlaɪt/ dim grayish light / the half-light of early morning (the dull grey light you see when it is almost dark but not completely dark) At dusk, where the shadows deepen and spirits play. (Nikon FE + Nikkor 20mm/ Ilford XP2) Copped Hall Estate, nr. Epping, Essex.
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I’ve been exposing Polaroids with my pinhole camera yesterday celebrating Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. It was a little bit (too) breezy up on the cliffs at Capel le Ferne though and not ideal conditions for either long exposures, or peel apart instant film blowing about in the wind. Conditions did, however, contribute to suggestion of a sense of motion evident in some of the prints from my walk.
This is a scan of the first pinhole shot that morning. Polaroid 100 pinhole camera with a 1 minute exposure on expired Polaroid sepia type 100 instant film. Unfortunately after the first few shots, the developer had dried and the film pack jammed. The later Fuji prints still feel a bit too soft to scan at the moment.
Polaroid 100, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day #Polaroid #Pinholeday
I was excited to trial a disposable camera for the Indisposable Concept (1 roll of film, 1 week, 24 moments), but on this first film most of the shots were too underexposed to use – even for an 800asa film, which was in all probability caused by a faulty shutter. I still wanted to expose a roll of film for the project, so purchased a different type of disposable camera and decided to dive it a second try. I was about to embark on a few days excursion to the New forest, so packed the little Fuji single use camera to see if this one would perform better at recording scenes from the week. I found it to be an enjoyably simple little camera to use. The viewfinder is bright, although without parallax lines, so with closer subjects would require a little bit guesswork. There is nothing to set, however, just wind on; decide whether flash is required (which I did not actually need throughout); and shoot.
Once all the exposures were used, I sent the camera and the film it contained to be developed, then awaited the results with some trepidation. When I got the processed film back, I was really surprised how well exposed, bright and colourful the contact sheet was. On inspection of the scans, the little Fuji had really performed rather well, considering it’s tiny lens and simple construction. I’m delighted to at last have 1 roll of film, 1 week, 24 moments (27 actually) to share with the project from this little impromptu road trip.
I had an exciting day experimenting with my Polaroid 100 pinhole camera, and some Fuji FP-100c type 100 peel apart instant film, to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Day 2013 on 28th April. The Polaroid pinhole camera, a little white compact plastic box with a film holder attached, is really easy to use: firstly covering the pinhole, while sliding back the dark slide, having determined exposure time for the f220 pinhole in seconds, before covering and returning the dark slide to its closed position. The film sheet can then be pulled from the camera, activating development, timed to current ambient temperature, before finally peeling apart and voila! a fabulous glossy print is revealed.
The day was cold and windy, but fortunately bright; allowing for exposures of between 3 and 8 seconds. Working with peel apart film is always somehat more challenging in windy conditions: getting the caustic gel covered waste parts safely into a bag, while ensuring the print is secure in a drying rack to avoid marking the damp surface (a Cokin filter box is perfect for portable drying/storage). Using instant film is however always exciting. There is an analogue pleasure in the performance/process, then the moment of excitement and anticipation while peeling apart the film layers, revealing the finished print with an immediacy that is rather more akin to the expediency of digital photography.
There is something rather special about the fact that the Polaroid or instant image is complete: finished. There is no altering, or post processing possible. The print is the final outcome, a one-off unique edition of one.
Too Late for the train – Folkestone Harbour Station
Polaroid 100 pinhole camera: 4 seconds at f200: Fuji FP-100c instant film
Pinhole size: 0.3mm: Focal length: 60mm
Submitted to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013 gallery: