Friday, March 9, 2012

Instax Fun

I went out to Otter Point yesterday.
From Otter Point looking west-northwest, Andrew D. Barron©3/8/12
These next three are with the infrared-converted Nikon. This was probably a safety fence concrete footing.
Concrete and chain links, Andrew D. Barron©3/8/12
Vibrant green shore pines, lost in the wide aperture of the f1.8 lens and 715nm.
Shore pines in infrared, Andrew D. Barron©3/8/12
I am sort of dazed and confused. In July 2010, I had no experience with an SLR nor manual photography. Now, I’m shooting, wait, what, a Leica IIIf and a Hasselblad 500c? It’s been super fun.
Leica IIIf and Hasselblad 500c, Andrew D. Barron©3/8/12
These cameras are something a lot like perfection in mechanical devices. So my adventures have become a lot more about taking photographs and a little less suited for blogging. As you may have noticed, I have not been able to share the multitude of 35mm and 120 film shots yet. There are around 20 rolls sitting here until I get around to scanning them. The Leica may have a slightly damaged shutter curtain, so I will probably have to send if off for some work.

The experimentalist I am got the better of me today though. I figured it should possible to load a sheet of Instax Wide into an ancient Kodak Autographic Junior. With my arms buried in the film changing bag, I am pretty sure I did everything right. I’ll spare you the suspense: in two tries, I got nothing. Luckily, I only ruined one additional print from the Instax pack. It was fun to try. The process is completely tedious but would be worth trying again with a better camera. I expected success and photographed the process.
Kodak Autographic Junior loaded with instax wide, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
Kodak Autographic Junior loaded with instax wide, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
I love this old house and thanks to the time loading-unloading-reloading Instax film, the light changed in interesting ways. Here I grabbed a straight frame with my crappy old point and shoot. Actually, it was the big bird flying above that caused this snap.
Euchre Creek home, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
The infrared D5000:
Euchre Creek home, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
In a bright sun moment, I shot the Instax 210.
Euchre Creek home, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
Just as a reminder, my first shoot with the Instax 210 was a month and a year ago. Here’s what I got that first night, when I wrote:
The valley, slowly carved by Euchre Creek, embraced the falling rays of light. With a bored yawn, the sun painted over man’s industry affectionately.
The Old, Old House, Euchre Creek Road, Andrew D. Barron ©1/19/11
I probably won’t be bothered to try the instax film swap again soon. The biggest hassle is reloading it and ejecting it through the back of the Instax 210. In this experiment I got blank white prints; the possible problems are too numerous to track down. Besides, the Instax 210 does what it does, and I am glad to have a choice with integral instant film. So here are some shots with the Instax Wide at the end of the day.
Euchre Creek home, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12
Sisters Rocks to the north from Ophir, Andrew D. Barron©3/9/12

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