Living in New England, with the horrible winter we have had in 2010/2011, I have been very hesitant to take color Polaroid photography outdoors. Until yesterday. A brief tease of warmer temperatures brought things into the low to mid 60’s. So, took the Model 240 out, with a previously unused #585 UV Filter. And, the #193 Cold Clip. Very, very happy with the results, despite some howling winds, which reached over 50 miles per hour yesterday. The joy and the love of vivid Fuji Polarcolor photography, and some good light. These trains run nearby-
Moving down the track a bit, I found a beautiful blue Pan Am car. Years ago, a New England company purchased the Pan Am name, and branded their trains, as well as a very cool retro line of suitcases and smart-looking recreations of the classic cabin bags. This car has also been painted with colorful graffiti.
After having a very strong cup of Seattle’s Best coffee, I moved a few miles down the road to Clinton. This town was selected in the 1970’s by President Carter where he would hold a Presidential Town Meeting. It also has the highest percentage of bars and taverns per capita in the U.S. Despite that rather disturbing statistic, it has a lot of charm. The downtown area is a great place to walk around, and I found this little movie theatre, which shows films that were out a while ago. They are now playing the Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and winner for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress, “The Fighter”.
The lighting in New England is horrible. It does tend to be, by its very nature, bluish, and quite harsh. Sure, they always tell you as a photographer to shoot during “The Magic Hour”, the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. Not always practical. You do the best you can. By about 4:30 or so, the light was getting better. Warmer. The wind was getting faster. The temps, cooler. Walking, running through downtown Clinton, found this very cool old Coca Cola sign on the side of a brick building. Guessing this is maybe from the 1930’s or thereabouts. Thank goodness it hasn’t been sandblasted.
Walking back towards the common, where I parked, I found this VERY cool statue in front of the Clinton Historic Society, on Church Street. Thankfully, the Portrait Kit was inside the big right pocket of the Domke vest. It sometimes pays off to be a geek.
Ending the day, I had every noble intention of photographing sunset at the beautiful Wachusett Dam. It was finished in 19o5, and to this day, is a manmade wonder. It was, at one time, the largest gravity dam in the world. Train tracks used to run over it. No, this is not digital High Dynamic Range/HDR. It is Polacolor technology.
Polaroid color photography outdoors, under 65 degrees, as it has been since beginning this adventure, has always been, well, scary to try. Afraid no more.