instant sunken fence

instant sunken fence

This was shot with a Polaroid Image Elite camera. This was one of the later Polaroid cameras, released in 1990. Much as I love my SX-70 I couldn’t resist trying the wider format and more sensitive ISO 600 film that the Image Elite uses (in the U.S. it’s known as the Spectra). It also makes a nice backup instant camera. It cost a mere £29.

stamens

stamens

Time for a break from all that blurry “immanent city” stuff. Here’s a flower.

It was shot with my Polaroid SX-70 fitted with the Mint closeup lens and loaded with the new Impossible B&W Gen 2.00 film. This develops much more quickly than the earlier Impossible B&W film (it’s certainly now worthy of the description “instant film”) and seems to give slightly crisper results. It’s very contrasty… in fact it’s perhaps too contrasty and I’ve had a number of shots where the shadows simply go to black. I do wonder if it’s lost some of the tonal range, but I’m still in the process of learning its characteristics so I’ll reserve judgement.

Lighting was from an intense shaft of evening sunlight coming through the window. The SX-70 was on a tripod and was triggered via cable-release.