Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday Inspiration Celebration: Polaroids
Another Monday! What has been inspiring you this past week?
I succumbed to the siren song of the Polaroid camera and treated myself to an early birthday present - a ivory and chocolate SX-70 Land Camera. Oh, she is a pretty little thing! I purchased film from The Impossible Project - their First Flush film which means their first attempt to duplicate the magic recipe of original Polaroid film. It is very quirky; you have to shield it immediately from the light when it pops out of the camera and it can take days for the image to fully materialize. It is both frustrating and magical. I first tried the film in a borrowed Polaroid One Step camera with poor results. I just had no control over focus or exposure. That said, these first few images were taken with that camera:
On the second shot, I had tried to create a shield which catches the film when it shoots out. Well, you can see its shadow in the image! I had better luck just lunging for the picture with my hand.
The second batch of film I had some problems and my first shot had two pictures popping out at once:
What you are seeing is my living room shot from the balcony above. You can just make out the coin patterned carpet and Moose sleeping on the rug. My third (or second?) attempt at the shot was just pure murkiness.
Indoors is proving challenging, although I like this image of the paper lanterns hanging from our dining room chandelier:
I am finding outdoor shots in slightly overcast conditions are offering better results:
And my all time favorite shot so far:
I am banking on the people over at Impossible improving the film. They have offered great customer service, including sending me a coupon when it appeared there was a slight problem with 2 of my boxes of film.
Meanwhile, if I want rich color, I can find that in my bin of paints! I am having fun creating Art Postcards for 21 Secrets and am organizing an art mail swap. Come over and join us!
And it is an extra special Monday as I just found out a piece I submitted to Wishstudio Blog is featured there today! Do pop over for a look. As so many of my favorite bloggers have had guest columns there, I feel like I am being allowed to eat at the grown up's table. I hope I showed good manners. Be sure to leave a comment there and maybe Mindy will let me join the big girls again some time.
Now's the time to share what has been inspiring you this past week. What gifts did Creativity sprinkle upon your page? Let's keep the fairy dust flying!
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