In 2019, Polaroid Week was one of the first things that initiated me into the film community. It’s when I made one of my first YouTube videos and wrote one of my first blog posts. I can still remember the fun I had, and the feeling of purpose after being really sick and isolated for so long. I had to do it again this year.
Polaroid week this year was from April 18th through April 23rd. If you missed it you can prepare for it to return again in the fall. While my health is a bit better than it was in 2019, I am still somewhat isolated because of Covid. I decided this week to try to take some photos indoors with my SX-70, specifically of flowers and plants to celebrate spring and all the color that has been popping lately. I think you can actually get the feeling of isolation from these photos.
I decided to practice with the SX-70 to get the hang of setting the exposure with only light coming in through the window. I used 600 film with an ND filter, and color SX-70 film.
There is no tripod screw on the SX-70, so I just sat it on top of my tripod and held my breath when I’d press the shutter button. The worst sound is that clunk when you know the shutter is going to stay open for a bit because that means the photo will most likely be blurry.
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We bought some really nice Tulips around Easter that I’d hoped to take photos of, but after I replanted them, they all quickly died.
The Hyacinths are still hanging on, but the purple flowers died. I tend to have a green thumb when it comes to trees, pineapple plants, and house plants, but flowers are dead in my hands.
These flowers we got from the grocery store are still alive and doing well though. I think that’s because they’re indoors and sheltered from the heat and humidity.
While I still have more to learn when it comes to taking still life photos indoors with a Polaroid camera, I still like my results and am glad I took them.
While a lot of people see instant film as a gimmick and more geared towards teenagers, I think every photographer should have one. Sometimes it is nice to just shoot for fun, and an instant camera can provide that. It also can be extremely difficult. I have wasted more frames than I care to count. When each frame costs roughly $2, it hurts each time you throw one in the trash. That makes learning to use it all the more challenging.
Check out #PolaroidWeek and #RoidWeek for some really nice instant photos. People get really artistic and there are some really talented people out there.
Until next time, stay motivated and keep shooting.
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