On August 21st, 2017, North America went crazy trying to watch a total solar eclipse. I admit I got caught up in it too.
My fellow photographer friend, John, and I got this brilliant idea we’d head up to Wyoming to try and watch it ourselves. John wanted to take photos, but I was more interested in seeing it happen. Naturally we decided this only a few months before the eclipse so finding lodging was a nightmare! Eventually we found a place near the Montana border and set about making our plans.
About a year ago I bought an 8×10 Polaroid processor from a friend of mine. As it turns out, he had a lot of expired but unused film stored as well. Recently he gave it all to me on the condition that I use it!
Go ahead, twist my arm.
Made a winter photo excursion to Yosemite in the middle of December hoping for some snow. I took my 8×10 camera and was going to make this my maiden voyage so to speak with her. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.
I had been meaning to try the Impossible Project b/w round frame film for a while. What perfect timing it was that as I prepared for another trip to Oklahoma, a Polaroid SLR 680 showed up at the camera store! I only had one pack of round frame so I wanted to use it for something special instead of just random photos. Lucky for me, my cousin took me to the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City.
After loving the results I got out of the Leica, I decided to shoot some Portra in my Rollei last week at the Orange County Fair. I only managed one roll in the heat, but I got some keepers!
Full disclosure, I’m colorblind! Consequently, I never really shoot color film. I used to in the past, for landscapes, but that was about the only time. I’ve never been able to color correct my own images so I stuck to black and white.
Picked up a cool soft release at www.themoregooder.com made out of recycled wood and skateboards! Works awesome and looks snazzy!
I’ve been playing with some SX-70 film from the Impossible Project. I love the effect I’m getting, unfortunately, they’re from a batch of defects film so I’m not sure I’ll be able to get the effect again.
Ever since I heard the name, I’d always coveted a Leica. After a few years, I finally got one. A lovely M6 with a 35 Summicron asph. I shot and shot and shot and swore I’d be buried with it someday. Then digital happened.