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Instax Kodak Polaroid Hybrid Consistent Errors - My [Large Format] Adventures in Packfilm Part 6

Inspired by a Youtube video I bought a Kodak EK2 instant camera for €5 in a thrift shop. These Kodak instant cameras are in limbo, like Polaroid's packfilm cameras, since no film is manufactured anymore.  The photos above are the first attempts at developing Fujifilm's Instant Wide photos with the EK2 hand-cranked rollers. On the way through the photos snagged at something behind the rollers. That was yet another one of half a dozen details to adapt for the two systems to work together. My basic assumption was that I could use the EK2 camera body as a back for modern instant photos on my Polaroid Land Automatic 230. I've modded the Land camera into what I call a 'Dallroid' (using a Dallmeyer lens and manual shutters), as you can see in my earlier posts from my Adventures in Packfilm. The EK2 has a hand-cranked developing mechanism, unlike most other instant cameras that develop photos using battery-driven motors. This time (again) I used part of an empty packfi

Paper Focal Planes - More Adventures in Large Format

I find it immensely enjoyable to make "slow" photography with my large format (9x12cm) camera . But I also find it difficult to arrive at the state of mind that this type of photography demands.  I shouldn't use the term "slow". A better term is Deliberate, which is how a photograph in the large format has to come to completion. If a mistake is made; if one of the several steps made to produce an exposure is missing, there will be no (discernible) photograph. I have come to realize that (manual) photography demands a lot of me. Sometimes too much. I do have difficulties to concentrate when my attention is divided, so repeatedly make simple but decisive mistakes. And it happens in social situations - when my attention is on both making photographs and on the people being subjects or company. And the frequency is something like 75% of the time. My rate of success when working alone is maybe 90%. So what do you do? Practice method; practice social skills; practice

Joining a Different Pack - My [Large Format] Adventures in Packfilm Part 5

I may have found the photographic process which is the exact opposite of instant film in the Polaroid vein.  The fact that I use a Polaroid Land Automatic camera for this project is certainly an ironic detail. I named the camera Dallroid since the lens mounted on the Polaroid Land Automatic 230 is a Dallroid 4' lens. It was made for an enlarger but works perfectly the other way around. It certainly adds a vintage look to both the camera and the photographs I make with it. The lens has an aperture range of f/4,5 to f/ 32. As you can read in the last post on this subject I added a manual shutter to complete the 100% control of operations that I want from this camera.   My sourdough bread! My film of choice for the Dallroid actually isn't film. It's photo paper. I have tons of expired 7x11 cm size photo paper which I've rated at ASA 0,007 - that is seven steps below ASA 1. We're counting minutes of exposure even in daylight. So, the process is producing paper negatives

Blue Sunprints - Our First Cyanotypes

    I gave my daughter and myself a beginner's pack of cyanotype cards for Christmas. Yesterday was a good sunny day to try it out.  I went for foodstuffs and she went for beads. And we both went for the decomposed leaf with its exposed grid, below.   All you have to do is (buy them, then) expose them for something like 20 minutes in the sunlight. Then rinse for a few minutes, and let dry. Beautiful! Check out my Instagram at ourbooksmalmo . Visit my Etsy shop  getOurBooks .

Off the Beaten Pack - My Adventures in Packfilm Part 4

This is actually where I depart from my Packfilm adventures the second time. ( This is the first.) The process of converting a packfilm camera to take another format, which started with my attempt at making an adapter that transports medium format film to the film plane of the Land 103/210 camera, has now arrived at the 9x12 cm film format. The above photograph was made with the process of exposing a photo paper in a sheet film holder (actually a glass plate holder). The - albeit small - film holder is too large to fit inside the Polaroid packfilm camera model(s) at hand. Thus I am not able to place it at the film plane - that is, where the lens projects the image in Focus. I had to come up with a solution to move the film plane. That means: Move the lens closer to the camera than what is intended by the manufacturer. Lucky for me the camera is collapsible, it folds into itself to make it portable. My idea was simply to move the film plane back, using an empty packfilm cassette as a s

Fix, Set, Develop - 6x9 Format on Lomography Redscale Film

A broken camera is still a camera! That's what I figured when I modded this old Kodak folding camera. I removed the lens and faulty shutter from the lens mount. Instead I mounted an old Meopta enlarger lens. Since there is no shutter left I put together a lens hood to use as a manual shutter for the long exposures this kit is so well suited for. It was great fun to try out a medium format close focus camera. The resolution and sharpness is fantastic! Stay tuned for more in the same vein! Check out my IG and my Etsy shop!

Criss Cross Canon - Fuji Provia Wrongfully Souped and a Prima Compact

Last year in late winter I exposed a slightly expired roll of Fuji Provia 400F with my Canon Prima through its a 32 mm lens. I recently sent it for development, and decided to treat it as a colour negative film despite the fact that it's a positive film (= cross processing). I think it was a great decision!   Check out my IG and my Etsy shop!

Back to Pack - My Adventures in Packfilm Part 3

This is not a proper scan. For Christmas I was given two packs of b&w packfilm.  Since winter has been extremely dull photography-wise I have not given it much thought until the recent days. The last week has been a hiatus from our normal work weeks since it's been the winter holiday for our daughter who goes to first grade. I set up some of her toys for a photo session when she was away at her grandmother's place.  What's ignited my interest in photography again is a little project to do with my Polaroid 230 camera. To be able to expose the packfilm on my own terms I decided to add an exciting lens and a shutter. First I removed the shutter mechanism and the original lens - all housed in the lens housing/board/compartment on the front of the camera. Secondly I tested out the placement of the lens. It is a really old Dallmeyer Popular 4' (~100 mm) f/4,5 Anastigmat Enlarger Lens that I got for 14 Euros. Lucky me - the focusing seemed spot on when I placed the lens in