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something new to me about Polaroid film
Old 08-11-2011   #1
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something new to me about Polaroid film

It seems that every time I turn around I find out something about film that fascinates me. This time it's about polaroid film:

Each time I find a new camera, I put film in it and see what comes out. The latest was the Polaroid OneStep Closeup. The camera was $1 but the Impossible film was $23. I took 6 shots indoors. I was at first disappointed at the muted colors and blurry image. Luckily someone there knew about polaroid film and shared his knowledge. As I was distraught over the flat and pale image of a face, he showed how with emulsion side in one palm, to rub the back of the picture with the other palm, producing heat, and gradually, the pale face came alive, details showed, even a little smile lines, and pale skin turned flesh color, and the mute blue in the background started to go from muddy to clear. In fact, it was going from blurred to focussed gradually.

Now, I don't know that the image would have changed so much on its own, but this was something that happened way past the initial 4 minutes of development time.

Not having the facility to wet print, this was fun along the same line in the hands-on way.

How many more things like this are there to find out? I was told about the beauty of Polaroid slides though I've not been able to find more info on it. In any case this is so much preferred over scanning negatives for me.

So, how do i find out more if I don't know what I don't know?
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Old 08-11-2011   #2
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To make a "slide," just let the shot develop, then cut the edges of the Polaroid/Impossible off, and peel the clear front from the backing. Then you can carefully wash the clear (slide) side of reagent under the faucet, being careful not to scrub off the emulsion layer. You'll be left with a nice slide. You can vary exposure to get different colors and density.
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I shoot lots of Polaroid, I use Fuji and some out of date 667 Polaroid film (I have almost 1000 shoots left to shoot). Unfortunately, I'm not crazy about 667 but Fuji is great. You, of course, are using the Impossible Project film, which in Black and White I find really great. It is soft but I really like it. The color, like Polaroid is not true, and the Fuji is not either but it is the one I like. To shoot Fuji you would have to change cameras. Here are some Impossible Project B&W (not mine) that I think are great:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobysx70/6024650514/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobysx70/5903040043/

By the way I have a One Shot Polaroid camera which takes IP film. If you want it and will pay the postage it is yours. It works and looks new.

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Ben Syverson, are you referring to the image lift for Polaroid?

Charjohncarter, Those B&W shots are gorgeous! Thanks for the offer of the One step. Would your camera take the same Impossiblw film only, too? About how much would the postage be? If not too bad, I'd gladly take it off your hand!
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Ben Syverson, are you referring to the image lift for Polaroid?

Charjohncarter, Those B&W shots are gorgeous! Thanks for the offer of the One step. Would your camera take the same Impossiblw film only, too? About how much would the postage be? If not too bad, I'd gladly take it off your hand!
I'll check the postage tomorrow, I'm in CA and you are in NY: right? Yes it takes that film, but I will double and triple check. I hope I didn't mislead anyone; those photos are not mine. The flickr site has the photographer somewhat named.
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I'll check the postage tomorrow, I'm in CA and you are in NY: right? Yes it takes that film, but I will double and triple check. I hope I didn't mislead anyone; those photos are not mine. The flickr site has the photographer somewhat named.
charjohncarter, thanks for the PM. I replied.

Maybe someone else on the forum would like the camera, which seems to be the same one I have already.
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Polaroid Polachrome 35mm slide film
http://www.feelingnegative.com/darkr...e-based-review

http://www.flickr.com/groups/polachrome1/

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Thanks! That's the one I think. It looks like there's still some film available? Quite beautiful results!
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I think production of Polachrome 35mm film ended in 2002. The stuff was awful when it was in production, IMHO. I can't imagine the chemical cartridges would still be usable after almost 10 years. If I remember correctly, you could only process Polachrome in the Autoprocesser, not the hand cranked one.
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I think production of Polachrome 35mm film ended in 2002. The stuff was awful when it was in production, IMHO. I can't imagine the chemical cartridges would still be usable after almost 10 years. If I remember correctly, you could only process Polachrome in the Autoprocesser, not the hand cranked one.
Maybe more than awful, it was marketed as a slide film to be used for security of internal company documents, grafts, product designs, etc.
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35mm Instant Slide Films
(Polachrome CS, CT, HC, HCP, BN)

http://www.rwhirled.com/landlist/landfilm.htm
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One man's leftover is another man's feast..

I like the blue in it. Reminds me of the colors of the Italian Riviera , but most likely just from the filters of my memory's eyes...
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