|Godzilla and the Multiverse of Raptors (2022)
Polaroid SX-70 Sonar
Editors note: Um, sorry I posted the HTML version of the blog entry. My Chromebook ran out of battery and crashed while I was working on the post. I posted what came back on reboot under the assumption that no one would look at my poor wheezing blog. 17 of you did. oops.
|First Instagram post while G+ was in the process of dying
That's a long way of introducing the odd and wonderful group of photographic rebels who are playing with instant cameras on Twitter, of all places. Why Twitter? Well, the hashtags work and discussions are dynamic. You also don't have to deal with the worst UI in existence on a phone. This delightful event(?) was organized by the Shitty Camera Challenge. Whoever runs that account calls it "a photographic cult, run by cats". Check out the merch at https://shittycamerachallenge.threadless.com/
You will not regret checking out the #InstantRegret hashtag on Twitter. Users are posting photos from Polaroids of every description, large format cameras with instant backs, Instax and third-party cameras for that film, and thermal printer cameras designed for kids. Yes, you read that right.
I dusted off a late '70s Polaroid SX-70 Sonar and bought film directly from Polaroid (formerly Polaroid/Impossible Project/something after that). With an ND filter in front of the lens, it can shoot more readily available Polaroid 600 film.
|"How to make your kid look like a serial killer"
Tip from the SX-70 manual
|Seven Foot Skeleton and Friends (two exposures)
Why the SX-70? Well, I have some circa 2016 Fujifilm FP-100C in a box *somewhere*. I would love to play with packfilm if I can find it. Conversely, the stockpile from six years ago is now worth around $85 a pack. That can pay for cool lenses or weird bodies I am coveting.
|A not real Polaroid from the now defunct Polamatic app
The SX-70 is an interesting experience. It was well-built and very expensive back in its time. This camera offers TTL viewing and a decent depth-of-field through an f8 lens. Yeah, it requires a ton of light. The shake warning indicator light comes on in a dappled, sunny backyard. The sonar focus works surprisingly well and a tripod cures any number of potential ills.
|A happy accident with camera shake and partial overexposure.
Shooting outside in anything but hard daylight can be a bit of an adventure. I have resorted to parking props and backgrounds directly in sunlight. That works surprisingly well.
|Raptors serving their Alien master
Rumor has it that this is the guy that was beating on Baby Yoda
While I am likely to burn through a couple packs at the Greaserama car show, playing with my odd collection of toys has been enjoyable.
|Portrait of a young Rancor as an artist (1)
Polaroid SX-70 Sonar
|Portrait of a young Rancor as an artist (2)
Polaroid JobPro, a very different vibe than the SX-70
|Godzilla should have left Doctor Strange alone
|"Come with me if you want to live."