About 2 years ago, I attempted a little shot of a Christmas Tree ornament that my son made, with an early sheet of Impossible Project’s PX100 Silver Shade B&W instant film. Grainy, blotchy, and requiring all kinds of tricks just to take a shot, it was, nonetheless, an instant print. And brought these decades old cameras whirring back to life, with their integral puls battery packs. Necessary to activate a 12,000 RPM electric motor for 7 revolutions. Without any Polaroid SX-70 experience, I was not accustomed to the organic quirks and personality of the camera format. Yes, by nature, these are supposed to be imperfect photos- this is, after all, SX-70 photography. But still, I had a very hard time accepting the quality of the emulsion. For film rated at ASA/ISO 100? Useable at best. I took with my first SX-70, the Sonar, but used manual focus, due to the closeness to the subject.
What a difference two years makes. I had heard great things about Impossible’s new PX70 Color Protection film. Having never tried color SX-70 photography, the timing looked good. To say this film is beautiful is an understatement. I’ve since added another Sonar, and an Alpha 1. More quirks and technical challenges. but nothing a good CLA could not take care of. This film just pops indoors. As mentioned in an earlier blog entry, a blue filter over the lens and electric eye may not hurt, as the film will look somewhat yellow/greenish at indoor color temperatures. A couple of things help here- as I’ve done, swap out some of your traditional tungsten light bulbs to the newer color daylight CFL. This film is daylight balanced. Also, you can always add a blue filter in Photoshop during your post. One of the shots from the first pack, with the Alpha 1-
The gingerbread man is beaming. So am I. Merry Christmas, 2012.