Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christmas in New Jersey 2012





Millstone, New Jersey
Polaroid SX-70// Impossible PX 100 COOL 

I was really happy to be home for the holidays, the longer I stay away from home the more I enjoy my visits back. The last photograph is a portrait of my younger brother, Matthew. He is a senior in high school and I am excited for him to begin the college experience. I'm not too happy with how the photo turned out but next time I come home I really want to create beautiful portraits of my Mother, Father and Matthew. 

For Christmas my family got me really great gifts! One of my favorite and most useful gift I received was the Impossible Projects Mint Bar Flash and some PX 100 Cool film! I haven't used the flash yet but I cannot wait to experiment with it.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First 4x5 Camera and the New55 Project

For Christmas my amazing bosses Anthony and Andrea Vizzari gave me my very first 4x5 press camera! I am so excited to customize my first 4x5 and create my ideal large format camera. First things first I need to find a lens; I'm thinking of getting a Kodak Ektar 127mm lens usually made for a Graflex Graphic but I am also looking at some Polaroid lens that were originally on 110A cameras. (they are also 127mm) I'm not sure if the Polaroid lens will work as well as the Kodak Ektar but if I can get them for cheap I'll just purchase both! Goodbye to any money I have saved.

My press camera is a James and Burke Watson Speed-Press and it's in great condition. I may try to add some more doors or shield to see the glass better since the camera only has one door on the left hand side. It works fine but I want to at least try to add two doors (top and right side) and see if that works out. Plus adding a new glass with grid lines would only be a bonus, not sure how to go about that but I'm willing to learn. Here is a snapshot of the body of my 4x5, I've never made adjustments to a camera before so wish me luck! 


I've also want to make my 4x5 have the ability to be photographed with instant film (of course). I am planning on purchasing the Polaroid 550 Instant back, but I want to shop around for the best deal. As I was searching for some of the 4x5 instant film I quickly realized that it was discontinued! I had no idea Fuji stopped making the film type.  I feel so silly because this summer I saw that Helix was selling FP-100c45 and I didn't even think to purchase any! I still have a one or two packs left from last year stored in my fridge but I need more! 

In case you haven't already heard I'd like to tell you about a new photographic project called New55. New55 is recreating and improving 4x5 instant film!! This film will not be the same as Polaroid Type 55, in fact New55 film has a new single shot system, special positive receiver sheet plus it creates less paper waste which is always great! New55 has created this film in black and white so far, according to the website they plan on creating color film after New55 is fully released. If you love shooting with 4x5 instant film then I would definitely keep an eye on this blog and help spread the word about this awesome project!

Don't believe me? Here are some of the New55 test shots. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Analog Problems

I have a printer that has a basic scanner on the top and today I officially cannot fix it with my old computer. I think I have to update a new program for the scanner/printer program but I'm unsure. But I do apologize for not updating on the blog lately. After finals I went straight into turning brain off mode and continued this mindset while being in Jersey for the holidays, it was wonderful to be with family again. On the 22nd my parents and I went to philly to see Dave Matthews Band, for me this was my fourteen show and I was loving every second of it, our seats were completely amazing. My parents and I had a really great time, I didn't think the show could get better until I met Boyd Tinsley the violinist of Dave Matthews Band! He signed my ticket and we hugged for like four minutes. I even have a photo of him and I. It was a wonderful moment for such a big fan. Don't judge.

During New Year's Eve my roommate from Florence, Sarah and I met up to stay with our friend we met in Spain, Elias who lives in New York City. Sarah was traveling from Maine and we were very sure if the whole trip for spending NYE in NYC was actually going to happen. Thankfully we were able to see each for 24 hours and it was wonderful. I have a whole roll of photos from that night, hoping to send out the film tomorrow. Stay tuned for post of photos.

Still working at A&A Studios for the vintage camera shop and my internship at a local Chicago gallery should be starting soon. I am looking forward to a wonderful winter break: I plan on relaxing, photographing and being a homebody. So far I have done just that, wish my scanner was working though.

This May I will be earning my Bachelors of Arts degree in Photography. I'm hoping I'll have enough money to purchase an Espon Pro Scanner! I can scan in beautiful quality film and instant photos in the comfort of my own home. Plus when my lease is up for my apartment I'm hoping to move to a cheaper area where I can set up my two enlargers: black and white and color darkroom. I have everything I need and more to set up the darkroom/ artists studio of my dreams, to the best of my ability due to $$$. As soon as I find a second job and maybe some freelancing too post-graduation life won't be so bad.

Anyway until I figure this out I cannot scan my instant photos that I have been taking for the past month.

I have the Analog Blues.

But I'll always be shooting! Don't forget to check out my Instagram or Twitter account to see some of my instant photos I take daily.
@shootpolaroid