Saturday, December 25, 2010

3 Magnolias

I've taken my 600SE out for a spin today (Christmas Day) to test my Hoya Diopters (they are like magnifying lens for you 'camera lens'). These where shot F5.6/125 on FP-100c film with a +2 Diopter, about 15 inches from the subject. It was a bit difficult to judge the framing effect of the Magnolias with a range finder. However the depth of field looks quite good, even for F5.6.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Auckland Christmas Tree

This little fellow was the first shot I took on my new-to-me Polaroid 600SE. This was taken on expired UV-ID polaroid film shot at 4.7/125 Its Norwich pine with some cheesy Christmas decor.

Quick study in Film types: Fuji Instax Wide, Polaroid UV-ID, Polaroid Spectra

As I don't have a car at the moment, I haven't been able to hit the road and take many photographs. I had a few pictures left in my Instax Wide, Polaroid 1200, and Polaroid 600SE (my new favourite camera) and decided to take a few snaps. I have skylight in my place so I decided to muck around with a few shots that my girlfriend had brought home:

Fuji Instax wide:

Here we see that colour is what Fuji does best. Its nicely saturated, the colours are rich and accurate. Whats nice about this film is that its still currently produced. I like this film because its very consistant and reliable - but I also don't like it for the exact same reasons! Its great film for documentation. This was shot with a Fuji Instax 200 camera with a jerry-rigged polarising filter.

Polaroid Spectra

This film was expired in Dec 2007 - so when it was shot it was just shy of 3 years past its expiry. This was also shot with a jerry-rigged polarising filter (held on with my hand). Here you can start to see the differences with Fuji. The colours are warmer and more artistic. The blacks in background aren't pure black. Its got its own character, probably not the best film for documentation.

Polaroid UV-ID

Whats slightly ironic about this film, is that its supposed to be used for picture ID's - therefore suppose to pretty bland stuff. This is anything but the truth. This film has become my favourite. Now this completely different from the above as this is 'peel apart' film, not integral (instax wide, spectra are both integral). As you can see, this film is much subjective than objective. It often has wonderful purplish hues and muted colours. To me this is the most artistic film of the three mentioned here. Its also slightly more volatile in the sense this particular film is about 5 years expired. This was shot on my Polaroid 600SE at f 4.7/60 secs. The borders are left from the emulsion.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cabbage Trees, Limestone Downs New Zealand

First Image is Positive of UV-ID film shot on EE-55. Second is transfer print of the same image on Kodak Photo paper.

Who'll Stop The Rain?

Polaroid 125i, Kiev 88 Camera. Shot at Auckland Domain.

Look Carefully

Four Leaf Clover. Shot at auckland domain with Kiev 88, polaroid 125i film

Sunday, May 23, 2010

winter gardening

This is hard to appreciate until you see it big - looks dark but enlarged the lighting is much more dramatic. Photo was cross processed (used c-41 chemicals for slide film). Shot on a holga camera

winter gardening
Originally uploaded by Parahanga

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Legs on Toast

Legs on Toast II
Originally uploaded by Parahanga
This was taken from my new Arax Kiev-88, using Polaroid 100 Sepia Film.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dreaming Tree

Originally uploaded by Parahanga
I've recently done a lot of 120 Film shots in a holga. This one was taken at Auckland Domain last week. Ah what a lovely weekend that was...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Polaprinter Manual Available Online now

Hi everyone,
I've scanned and uploaded a Polaprinter Manual online for free at Scribd

Polaprinter Manual

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shot of the Day

Very happy to have won the shot of the day again - with my shot taken on a Polaprinter. Doing a bit of happy dance as have a voucher to buy more polafilm. Maybe Fade to Black?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Magic Tree

This is another digital to polaroid conversion. Shot on the South in 2005, I converted to Polaroid last month on 669 film.

Integral Film vs Pack Film: Which one is for you?

If you are new to Polaroid Film, here is a quick chart of pros and cons of integral and pack films. Read more about polaroid film here. Remember this list is highly subjective to the opinions of the author (me!). Feel free to offer your thoughts as well.

Integral Camera Pack Film Best Choice?
Ease of use Easy - just pops out of the camera and watch it develop! Very Simple controls. More Challenging - you have to time the development plus there. Also you have guess the distance of the subject and set the camera accordingly. Integral
Sharpness Mostly unsharp, with higher quality going to sx-70 films Mixed, but generally sharper than integral. FP-100c has highest quality that i've used. Pack Film
Experimentation SX-70 can produce very creative results. Image Tranfers and Emulsion Lifts can be done with Pack Film. Draw
Available of Film SX-70 films, 600 films will be produced, Fuji Instax are widely available. Sadly, only FP-100c is available in future but may change. Integral
Cameras Polaroid is issuing a new line of sx-70 cameras, plus tons of older models for 600 film and sx-70 are available. Purpose Built Packfilm cameras are no longer produced, however Pack film can be used in Medium Format Cameras such as Mamiya that can produce wonderful results. Draw
Cost Film Cost is can be high for these polaroid films, and generally lower for Fuji Instax. Bargains can always be found, but good sx-70 cameras are a bit more expensive. I've found numerous bargains on Pack Film cameras, I've bought beautiful pack film cameras for less than $10NZd that have produced beautiful results. Of course you can go high end and Medium Format camera and blow your budget, but Polaroid pack film cameras do a great job. Film costs are comparable to integral. Pack Film
Durability These are relative durable cameras, but once they a broke, you need to buy a new one. Very simple cameras, easy to hack into and fix. These cameras good introduction into the mechanics of cameras. I've tortured these cameras, some are more than 40 years old and they still work. Pack Film.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Originally uploaded by Parahanga
Here's one my favourite shots - of which I have 3 versions, digital, 35mm slide, 669 print. I was asked this on flickr:

What does "Digital to analogue conversion" mean?!

My response:
Glad you asked, the shot was originally taken on a digital camera (Canon 10D). About I month ago I had my favourite digital shots converted to 35mm Slides via They have special machines to convert digital images to slides, I did this because:

1. I had problems with digital storage (I lost some of my best digi shots due to bad hard drives and unrecoverable dvds/cds *
2. I just thought they were cool.

Once you have them in 35mm format, you can use a DayLab Slide printer, or my case - a polaprinter. What this does is print your 35mm shot on Polaroid film.

I choose extremely expired film because I was curious to see the effects. The Polaroid film I used for this series was about 7+ years expired.

* I know people people go on about the integrity of digital forms eg dvds and hard drives. Unfortunately I personally have not found this to be case. I have had 2 hard drive crashes and lost a couple of DVDs that caused the loss of some of my most cherished digital shots. Note: I am not railing against digital photography, l as i still shoot digital from time to time.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Dreamscape" Polaprinter Digital to Analogue

Here's another shot converted from digital to analogue. The streaks on the top aren't clouds, but rather expired artifacts from the old old 669 film. The original was transferred to 35mm slide film then tranferred to Polaroid film via a Polaprinter.

"Danger Wharf" Polaprinter - Digital to Analogue

This was originally a digital photo I took but I had shifted it to a 35mm colour positive slide by Gammatech. The did superb job on converting my digital film to 35mm slides. I really wanted to see how the pictures translated to be transferred to very very expired (7 year old) polaroid 669 film. Here is a sample of the results.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Developing 35mm Film Exposed to saltwater (yes it is possible!)

End of the Beginning
Originally uploaded by Parahanga
2 weeks ago, I was using my lovely Konica Mermaid camera to shoot action figures underwater. Unfortunately, I had somehow dislodged the the waterproof backing while I was underwater, flooding the camera. The camera electronics died and even the film was exposed to salt water.

I thought surely someone out there on the internets who would have posted whether salt watered exposed film was salvageable or not. I couldn't find one.

The film was not able to be rewound by the electric rewind. I opened the camera in the dark. I could feel the salt water on the film. The film was in the camera, exposed to salt water for about a full day. When I eventually decided to take out the film in my darkroom, I felt the saltwater run off the film.

Anyways, I had my Colortec chemicals on hand and decided to give it go. I even push developed the film (going an 45 secondss beyond recommended developing time). I was surprised as anyone to to the see the results - you can go to my Flickr photostream to see the rest of the shots from my now defunct Konica Mermaid.

Open Air Toilet

Bring you own gasmask... taken on AV-1 with self developed fujia superia film.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Develop Colour Film in New Zealand

If you want to develop your film here in New Zealand, its a bit tricky to get the materials. You can special order the colour chemicals from Camera stores, but they charge a premium to do an order for you.

Initially, I thought I could order colour development kits from the USA, as heaps and heaps are available. However, they are not allow to send colour chemicals outside the USA. After a bit of further hunting, I found that the chemicals could be bought from the UK at a fair rate, at least much cheap than special ordering a kit from New Zealand.

Yes, you can send your film to a lab to get developed. Yes, it is cheaper. But where is the fun in that? And what control do you have over the quality?

I developed my first batch of colour film and I was amazed at the results. Despite reading in forums how difficult it is to develop colour film, it was not difficult at all, just more quality control is involved.

Here is a great resource from Youtube that helped me develop my first rolls of colour film.

Skeletal Bath

Shot on Fuji Superia 200 with Canon AV-1.

Sunbathin' Bones

This was shot on Canon AV-1, Fuji Supera Film.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Exhibtion at Albert Park Cafe

For those interested, I have an exhibition of some of my photos at Albert Park Cafe. It will be probably for the next 3 weeks. Below is the map locations and street view of Albert Park Cafe.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

More Viennese Cemetaries

Here are a few other pictures I took in Vienna - I just developed them. They were take on Canon AV-1, shot on Fuji Superia 200 ASA.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Piggy Props

The first 2 shots where shot on my Canonet Camera - the last on my Macro 5 Polaroid. The pig was also used in previous shots here, here and here.

Whatipu Instax Shots

Before I left to Vienna, I spent a sunset at Whatipu with our instax mini and wide cameras.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Osaka Sunbeams

Another shot from my Konica mermaid, there was nice sunbeam action action going on at Osaka Airport in Japan.

Zentralfriedhof, Wien (Vienna)

Well I am back in Auckland away from a chilly Vienna. Below are a few shots I took with my Konica Mermaid Waterproof camera. This was taken on B & W Agfa film I purchased at the Lomography shop. The location is a massive cemetery called Zentralfriedhof in Simmering District in Vienna.

The images where put on panaramic setting on the camera, the shots were taken while it was beginning to snow (it was handy having a waterproof camera).