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robert blu 08-09-2019 09:16

2019 roadtrip, Polaroids
 
Spring 2019 my wife and I decided to join our friend Raid and his beautiful family for a road trip towards north Europe.

21 days, 5.700 km, 6 countries.

We drove from Italy to Berlin where we met Raid.

I shot with the M10 and with two Polaroid cameras (one was intended to be used by my wife) : an old Polaroid SX70 and an innovative Impossible i-1.



The photos with the M10 were intended to be developed as B&W and I'll need more time for this work, therefore I'll start to show a selection of the Polaroid.

Because for me shooting Polaroid is not to document what in front of us or around but is more an emotional experience I used many different films, included old expired or defective ones. And of course being ready to accept the result.



These photos have already been posted in the gallery anyway I decided to group then in an unique thread to make easier to...repeat the emotion of the journey.

I hope you enjoy :) and feel free to comment !

robert blu 08-09-2019 09:20

2019 roadtrip: day 0
 
The night before, almost ready !



Maps and camera (I only used on lens on the M10) a Molskine, a few pens and pencils, a bag...the essentials ...

One of the difficult things for us was to decide which garment to bring, weather and temperature forecast was very variable...we experienced the change from 10 °C in Norway to 34 °C in Germany when coming back!

raid 08-09-2019 10:53

I will be watching this thread, Robert. It was a very enjoyable road trip.

robert blu 08-10-2019 01:39

2019 roadtrip: day 1
 
Day 1 was about a transfer, much time on the road.

With a few breaks to rest



First leg Nürnberg, just outside the town I saw this country scene



Both shots with my wife's Impossible i-1 camera on an old expired B&W film

Guy Pinhas 08-10-2019 06:24

Bookmarked the thread!

Godfrey 08-10-2019 07:42

Excellent, robert! I've subscribed to the thread too.

I'm on a nice little 10 day trip now. I decided to go utterly minimalistic: A Polaroid SLR670a with four packs of film (3 B&W, 1 color) and my iPhone 8 Plus along with the wide and tele Moment lenses are all the camera gear I have with me. Fitting the trip into 32 exposures, max, of Polaroid photos is a challenge and a lot of fun.

I've made 13 photos so far. They're all charming and fun, I've given two away too. :)

Halfway through the trip: This is working well.

G

Fjäll 08-10-2019 08:07

Polaroids on trips are the best. I took 140 Polaroids (Fp100c) last winter. Gave all of them away.

robert blu 08-11-2019 06:02

2019 roadtrip: day 1
 
On the way to Nürnberg, between Lindau and Ulm.

Shot with the old sx70, the mirror is a little dirty therefore a few spots around, mainly in the sky. I could easily clone them but I prefer to leave as they are, it's part of the Polaroid signature...



Emotion doesn't require perfection :)

dave lackey 08-11-2019 06:13

Hah!:)

Just found this thread by accident. Robert, this was a great idea you had for the road trip!

Now I get to enjoy the results as if it were a slide show. Love it!

I only wish this forum had "Like and Thank You" buttons!:p

Godfrey 08-12-2019 04:40

Lovely shot, Robert!

Still traveling. I'm down to one shot of B&W left, have given three prints away. I have one pack of 8 color shots left, and three and a half days to expose them. The Polaroid SLR670a and films have been working flawlessly.

There is joy in this acceptance of constraint. :D

G

robert blu 08-13-2019 00:10

I understand what you say Godfrey !

A few years ago I spent two weeks on the Ischia Island and I had only 6 packs of Impossible films = 48 shots ...

It was a liberating experience....

robert blu 08-13-2019 00:11

A road trip means a lot of time in the car ...



Driving north...

robert blu 08-18-2019 01:58

A friend asks me why take the photo of a few fishes on the side of a motorway, I answer with the words from Robby Müller, mythical photography director who worked with Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Peter Handke, Peter Bogdanovic and other movies authors.

“There is a beautiful landscape but we have already seen it on a calendar. Look here: a small tree and a rock. Sad, but they say much more. Let’s film them”


robert blu 08-19-2019 07:21

2019 Roadtrip: ay 3 and day 6
 
Sometimes when traveling is worthwhile to look up...

Berlin Postdamer Platz, a great work by Renzo Piano and his group



Copenhagen, Tivoli: did anyone dream to fly?



Both shot with the i-1 camera on an expired B&W Impossible film.

raid 08-19-2019 07:51

These are beautiful shots by you, Robert. The outdated Polaroids (I am assuming) look great and make the two images very abstract.

Black 08-19-2019 09:21

Also enjoying this thread, Robert. Whilst I like the "car's eye view" images, I'm a lot more invested in the "out and about" shots. Keep 'em coming!

robert blu 08-20-2019 02:23

When you are on the road sometimes you need gas...

2019 roadtrip, somewhere by robert, su Flickr

and sometimes you need to take care of your car

2019 roadtrip day7 by robert, su Flickr

Guy Pinhas 08-20-2019 02:24

You know, I really like these threads. They are inspiring. I really liked Petronius' thread with his 'Rollei 35-One year' project and yours Robert. So yeah, keep 'em coming.

robert blu 08-21-2019 08:47

Hot and wet summer afternoon, too got to go out to take photo...

Decided to print a few polaroids from my trip...

work in progress #1 by robert, su Flickr

printing on A3 Hahnemuehle Bright White Paper. Maybe I'll try a different paper, more textured like watercolor or William Turner...as a first test I'm quite satisfied of the result.

Attention: please do not look at the mess I have again in my studio LOL You can see here the prints, the image on the monitor and the small origina Polaroid !

work in progress #2 by robert, su Flickr

I like the small format of the Polaroid photos but sometimes it is nice to hang a larger version!

work in progress #3 by robert, su Flickr

I'm experimenting different things as preparation for an exhibition of my Polas I'll have next november...

The photos in this post have been taken with my 8 years old Leica x1 !

raid 08-21-2019 09:11

Good luck with your upcoming exhibition, Robert. This is fantastic. I wish I could attend it.

robert blu 08-26-2019 02:39

The journey goes on even when weather is not...perfect !
We crossed Sweden driving under the rain. Very few pictures taken, this was when we made a stop in a parking lot ...


Godfrey 08-26-2019 06:12

Beautiful softness and abstractive feel in that photo! :-)

G

Godfrey 08-26-2019 06:21

... a LOT of lovely photos! :-)

Just went through the subsequent posts. Some lovely work here!

I've been back from my travels for a week and a half. I made 30 exposures with the Polaroid and a similar number with the iPhone. They're all in LR now, sorted and picks marked... I just have to finish rendering them.

They have a very different presence. An iPhone and a Polaroid work well together for a photo travel kit. Both have their limitations, strengths and weaknesses. Together they give you a lot of options.


iPhone 8 Plus

Really like what I got with both, although I have to admit most of what I photographed with both were friends and family I was visiting. :)

G

CharlesDAMorgan 08-26-2019 06:25

Stunning and highly enjoyable thread, thank you very much!

robert blu 08-31-2019 10:34

On day 5 we drove from Rostock to Copenhagen 580 km, we decided not to take the ferry but to enjoy the long road drive towards Great Belt Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.

It was a long drive therefore a few "pit stops" were necessary !

For any reason unknown to me when traveling I always like to take photos in parking lots or resting areas...


robert blu 08-31-2019 10:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godfrey (Post 2908276)
... a LOT of lovely photos! :-)

Just went through the subsequent posts. Some lovely work here!

I've been back from my travels for a week and a half. I made 30 exposures with the Polaroid and a similar number with the iPhone. They're all in LR now, sorted and picks marked... I just have to finish rendering them.

They have a very different presence. An iPhone and a Polaroid work well together for a photo travel kit. Both have their limitations, strengths and weaknesses. Together they give you a lot of options.


iPhone 8 Plus

Really like what I got with both, although I have to admit most of what I photographed with both were friends and family I was visiting. :)

G

Thanks Godfrey, excellent B&W in your photo!

skopar steve 08-31-2019 17:22

What a great idea for a thread. I'am thoroughly enjoying the images. Thanks for posting.

robert blu 09-06-2019 09:17

Polaroid sx 70 rocks !


robert blu 09-06-2019 09:28



Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin
photo taken with the sx-70 on old expired Impossible film

charjohncarter 09-06-2019 09:44

Thanks for posting these I saw some of them this morning on your blog. Keep it up, love them.

Pál_K 09-06-2019 10:29

Totally excellent thread. I love the photos. Nice that you photographed the SX-70 itself as well!

Bingley 09-06-2019 12:19

This thread is great! Thanks for posting, Robert, and keep 'em coming, as others have said.

Question: what are you scanning your Polaroids with? I have a Leica Sofort and have not been happy with my efforts to scan the prints. Thanks!

maggieo 09-06-2019 14:19

As a long-time lover of the SX-70 this thread is bringing me great joy.


The Impossible project was, for me, heaven-sent. Especially their SX-70 B&W films.



Morgan, July, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr

robert blu 09-07-2019 02:03

thanks you all for the nice words, the trip will go on...

@ Bingley: I scan with an Epson Perfection V600 Photo.
in the beginning I used the Epson Scan software which I use with satisfaction to scan my 120 negatives but although the image was good I was not satisfied because the white area around the image had some kind of artifacts which forced me to a long work of cloning them out with PS.

Than I discovered the using the import function of PS this didn't happen, never understood why. So I scan now from PS at 2400 dpi which gives me a large file useful if I want to print the image larger.

I clone excessive dust and make small adjustments in PS or preferably in LR trying not to alter the image compared to the original Polaroid, I notice you can recover many almost invisible details by scanning and post processing but I prefer to avoid it.

I hope this helps, how do you like the Soft images?

leicapixie 09-07-2019 04:49

Wonderful prints by Robert Blu!
I love squarish format, the BIG prints so well composed.
THe different colors and interpretations so magical..
In fact to all who showed prints..
What I don't like the price of using, simply impossible for me!
I still have my SX-70!

Guy Pinhas 09-07-2019 05:26

Super nice.

Quote:

Originally Posted by maggieo (Post 2910795)
As a long-time lover of the SX-70 this thread is bringing me great joy.


The Impossible project was, for me, heaven-sent. Especially their SX-70 B&W films.



Morgan, July, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


robert blu 09-07-2019 07:37

@ maggieo: simply beautiful!

raid 09-07-2019 07:40

This entire thread is wonderful and special as we don't often see threads on Polaroid images.

Bingley 09-07-2019 10:09

Thanks, Robert. One more question: Do you place the negatives directly on the glass plate of the scanner? I tried that using Instax photos and was not happy with the results, but maybe I need to work at it more.

maggieo 09-07-2019 13:44

Thank you, Robert & Guy!


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