Archive for February, 2008

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Life after Polaroid

February 23, 2008

There has been some discussion over at Flickr ( link )and on the AAPUG mailing list about ways to get emulsion transfer to work with Fuji FP100-C film. I can say that the method outlined by Mr. Balazsy does work. In fact, I did a few things “wrong” and it still transfered. Wrong in the sense that I made some expedient substitutions of paper and medium soft brayer for the recommended hard brayer. Just stuff on hand. Also, the exposure was a bit on the low side. All I had on hand was my pinhole Frankenroid room lights. Guessed at a 10 minute exposure, probably needed 20 or 30. Close enough for a test shot though.

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The scan has problems and it looks like there was an uneven pull through the camera’s rollers. Not the case on the real print, the problem is a little bit of curling in the paper and I didn’t put a weight on the scanner lid. Crappy little all-in-one scanner doesn’t have much dynamic range either.

The one serious defect in this test print are the large “snowflakes” at the center. This is missing emulsion. Could be the paper (hot press Canson, probably heavily sized) combined with my rolling technique. But know what, I don’t care! It freakin’ worked so there is promise.

For emulsion lift fans, there is a lot of chatter on the AAPUG mailing list about technique to get the transfer to stick to its new substrate.

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Has anybody seen my typewriter?

February 23, 2008

Damn monkeys!

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They keep getting into eveything!

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Rubber Ducky Rumble

February 23, 2008

Got my hands on a 6×7 negative carrier for my enlarger. It is nice to have an Omega D2 enlarger, even it it doesn’t have a dichrotic head. Since I have both the 4×5 and MF condensers as well as a few different enlarging lenses I can throw in just about any format between Minox and 4×5! Nicer still when you can pick up negative carriers for cheap and don’t have to cut one out of matte board…

So, now I can print full frame from the 6×7 back on my Graflex!

Rubber Ducky Rumble

Rubber Ducky Rumble

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The Great Polaroid Caper ’08

February 22, 2008
Heads up! Alex Hawley and I are putting together a collection of Polaroid peel-apart materials for one last fling to say goodbye to Polaroid.
Includes black and white and color pack film, 4×5 sheets and 8×10 sheets. Ever seen an 8×10 Polaroid? Fantastic stuff.
Shoot in camera or enlarge from slides. Transfers and lifts are a possibility.
Stay tuned!