Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Instant film adventures

I jumped the gun a little last post because I wanted to get my first successful shot from a pack film negative recovery. For FP3000B, all this means is that you scan the normally discarded peel-off part of the film on the scanner after it dries. Then invert the image and the pixels (flip horizontal) so that is not a mirror image of the print.

Today I am posting more of the shots from last week traveling from Caspar, CA to Reno.
Flowers, old fence, Caspar, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/16/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 4 shot 2]
The old Reno arch in Willits, CA. It was about this time that I started to guess that the film was expired or poorly stored somewhere before me.
The old Reno arch in Willits, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/16/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 4 shot 4]
I had a surprise visit from a dear friend who now lives in Alaska.
Richie in Reno, Andrew D. Barron©9/17/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 4 shot 6]
The next day I had a nice breakfast with this guy, another good friend. He has an amazingly restored ‘66 Chevelle.
Chad in Reno, Andrew D. Barron©9/18/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 4 shot 7]
After this shot I lost two frames when the pack of film jammed; the tabs got messed up. I was after the following shot of the Alturas Bar next to Big Ed’s on 4th street. But by the time I went out for the third time, my framing wasn’t as careful and I missed the Lucky Motel sign as planned.
4th Street Reno, Andrew D. Barron©9/18/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 4 shot 10]
When I scanned the image was about the time I checked on the tour schedule of the band I seem to be in again. And I found this, shot at the Lucky Motel.


I have been following the progress of the Impossible Project, an amazing effort to reconstruct Polaroid integral film since 2010 or so. There are some wonderful interviews and discussion in Film Photography Podcast episodes, particularly one with Florian Kaps. I started to pick up integral film polaroids when I could. The SX-70 was the camera that nearly got me an appointment at the USGS (from a certain point of view). In the end, I have a number of later model Polaroids and finally having some disposable income, I splurged for some of the pricey medium. I put it in my Polaroid Spectra with the after-market frog tongue (film cover), and here is what I got with PZ Cool Color Shade 680:
Office trailer, Andrew D. Barron©9/19/12 [Polaroid Spectra with sonar focusing:Pack 1 shot 1, PZ Cool Color Shade 680]
Pinion pine close up, Andrew D. Barron©9/19/12 [Polaroid Spectra with sonar focusing:Pack 1 shot 2, PZ Cool Color Shade 680]
I was glad to support the FPP by getting the film and inexpensive shipping. Check out the FPP store.

On Thursday, I loaded up some black and white pack film (FP300B from Fuji) and went to a place close to my office. There I fell in love with black and white photographs from these old Automatic Land Cameras!
Baby toys and shotgun shells, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/20/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 2 (FP3000B)]
Above, the scanned negative was not flipped; the toy was on the right. The positive print was okay, but this grainer version is closer to my intended vision.
Fence and boulders near Barron Way, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/20/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 2 (FP3000B)]
Here is how the negative turned out:
Fence at sunset, Barron Way, Reno, Andrew D. Barron©9/20/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 3, reclaimed negative, FP3000B]
Positive:
Powerlines near Barron Way, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/20/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 2 (FP3000B)]
Reclaimed negative:
Powerlines near Barron Way, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/20/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 2 (FP3000B)]

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pack Film Heaven

Flowers, old church, Caspar, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/16/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 3 shot 8]
It’s instant photography love, all over again! I ordered five packs of FP100C from Unique Photo and they sent me unboxed film. That means there are no dates on it, and more than likely it was expired, especially considering how much of a blue hue some of the packs have had. I have been enthusiastic about Unique for getting one of their Instax 210 kits, but after this, I won’t be ordering film from them.

The first two times I tried pack film were one pack of color and b+w. I tried the 320 and a 210. I had problems with too much pressure and also problems with the batteries. I nearly gave up on all of them, but am so glad that those cameras sat around and seemed to beg for another chance. It really hit me when my one year old Instax 210 broke and a repair was impossible. There won’t be a functioning Instax 210 in 44 years like these folding pack film Polaroids. I really like the 100 and 320 having the range finder focusing. The 320 is a little better, but the viewfinder doesn’t fold down and stow away like the 100.

The Land Camera 100 was especially dear, costing $19.99 plus tax in a Reno Goodwill thrift. But with solid aluminum construction and glass lenses, it seemed like a winner. Plus, it was the same model that belonged to a friend’s grandfather, and was the first pack film camera I ever handled only two short years ago in Independence, CA.

I finally got to reclaim some pack film negatives.
Fence at sunset, Barron Way, Reno, Andrew D. Barron©9/16/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 5 shot 3, reclaimed negative, FP3000B]

More to come. Off to Sacramento, then Humboldt county for shows with Hellbound Glory.
Land Camera 100 & 320, Andrew D. Barron©9/21/12 []

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Polaroid 320 travels

Continuing with photographs from my Land Camera 320. As of today 9/19/12, I’m through with four packs of FP100C. I like the 320 enough to have sought out the glass-lensed equivalent, the Land Camera 330, which is on it’s way to me now.
'57 Chevy, Pioneer, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/8/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 2 shot 3]
We had to pick up our gear where we played the night before.
Buckhorn Lodge, Pioneer, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/8/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 2 shot 4]
Caples Lake, Highway 88, Andrew D. Barron©9/8/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 2 shot 5]
Into the sun, Highway 88, Andrew D. Barron©9/8/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 2 shot 6]
The next day I had to get it together and perform my 4-hour solo show in Virginia city. Afterwards I looked out to see this.
Above Virginia City and wildfire to the south, Andrew D. Barron©9/9/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 2 shot 7]
It was a busy week at work, but I got together with Jim one night. We played bluegrass and got caught up. I dig showing off the 1970 Polaroid camera to my friends.
South Reno sunset, Andrew D. Barron©9/12/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 3 shot 1]
One hectic day I went to lunch at 3 or so. I always think of a friend when I get a sando at Port-a-Subs. These were nice flowers in the parking lot. Unfortunately, I didn’t block the sun, so I got another blue-into-the-sun photograph.
Port a subs parking, Andrew D. Barron©9/13/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 3 shot 3]
After the tough week at the desk, I played with Hellbound Glory at the Blue Lamp in Sacramento. We headed out of Reno about 7:45. A junior bacon cheeseburger at Gold Ranch was unwise. Once in Sacto, my nephew had been waiting with friends for some time. We followed a full band with good musicians. It was a late night. The next day the band picked me up and we made the long long haul to the California coast south of Fort Bragg.

This was outside the Caspar Inn. It was the first problem I’ve had this time with jamming. I got frustrated and opened the back. The print came out like this after being partially exposed under the lights on stage.
Window grate, Caspar, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/15/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 3 shot 6]
It was super fun to be traveling around with a pack film camera. In the next entry are some very fine Polaroid, stay tuned!
Old church, Caspar, CA, Andrew D. Barron©9/16/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 3 shot 6]

Monday, September 10, 2012

Old Is New

Corporate office guy fixed his 45 year old Polaroid (again), Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [macbook camera]
This blog will feature instant film photographs from a Polaroid Land Camera 320. I finally had some success with a pack film camera and shot two packs of FP100C, the instant film made by Fuji, readily available for your hungry old Polaroid. (More about the 320 here [12.11.10] and here [5.28.12]). I like the white border on the prints, but prefer them cropped for the scanned versions.

Greetings! I have been working much and playing music shows each weekend. The bluegrass buddies played an acoustic show in Carson City on 8/12. It was great to ride again as Straight Ahead Bluegrass Band again. Our good friend Dwayne of the Bourgeois Gypsies joined on the doghouse bass. We did not, however, wear our white cowboy suits. Last weekend I had a reunion with my old friends of my first bluegrass band, The Back 40, and we played a private party that was impressive. It was great to be stage with them all again.


These last two Sundays, I’ve played my solo thing at the Ponderosa Saloon in Virginia City. There is always something going on there. It’s a neat place.
Bluegrass & luau, Andrew D. Barron©8/26/12 [Sony DSC-H1:1182]

Corporate office guy fixed his 45 year old Polaroid (again) Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 1]
There are exciting things happening. Because I love playing electric bass I took it up to Portland thinking that it would be a great way to break into that scene. But I’ve only played it a few times here and there. Two summers ago I did a photo tribute to it.
Fender Highway 1 Jazz Bass
At some point this summer I brought my Portland stuff to Reno, effectively throwing in the towel to a relocation up there (for now). In my stuff was the Land Camera 320, which finally did some nice work for me.
Outside the office Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 2]
During the Grass Valley festival I left to see Darrell Scott with my mom a ways away in Chico. I fetched my fancy cowboy clothes out of storage since I thought Reno would be a good place to list them on Craigslist. When I got back to festival I had a lot on my mind and stayed up late playing music. The folks I was jamming with knew very little of me or my past and it sounded like a joke. It does sound kind of funny, “I’ve got a car full of cowboy clothes I plan to sell in Reno.”

Whatever it sounded like, it was true. Kinda tells me that I am pretty good at compartmentalizing my music. Bluegrassers tend to be purists about it, and I am too. But I’ve been playing country music much longer. In a curious twist of fate, my old friends in Hellbound Glory were in need of a bass player.
South Reno clouds Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 4]
Two days later I put the bass rig together and played with Leroy and Rico for a show in Pioneer, CA, this last Friday night. It was the first time I played bass in that kind of setting since my last show with them before I moved to Kentucky five years ago. And I still had those cowboy show clothes to put on. Oh the polyester. My hat is off to the bass strings that still sounded fine: purchased in May of 2007, the durability of DR flat wound strings amazed to me.

South Reno clouds Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 5]
The show went well, especially considering how long I had been away from the band. It was fun to be playing with Leroy again, and definitely fun to be making those loud, low notes.
Corporate office guy fixed his 45 year old Polaroid (again) Andrew D. Barron©9/6/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 7]
Stay tuned for scans from the next pack of Polaroids from the drive back across Highway 88!

I’m set to play bass next weekend at the Blue Lamp in Sacto on Friday, and on the California coast at the Caspar Inn on Saturday. Interferes with my plans for the Plymouth bluegrass festival, but I will certainly try to make an effort to attend.
Manzanita in Pioneer, CA Andrew D. Barron©9/7/12 [Land Camera 320:Pack 1 shot 9]

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