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.