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Get Inspired – The Two Towers

Today’s wonderful photo highlights some wonderful instant technique!

The Two Towers
[singlepic id=57 w=600]The Two Towers, Impossible Project PQ 8×10 emulsion lift onto watercolor paper, ©Herschel Pollard 2015[/singlepic]

Herschel Pollard made this remarkable image in Nashville, TN. Those who’ve played with instant films much will recognize the use of emulsion lift technique. In this case, Herschel used 8×10 instant film from the Impossible Project company – a company that was started after Polaroid went out of business, with the goal of continuing the production of Polaroid films. This is a wonderful example of combining alternative techniques – first with the capture via pinhole, and then with the final “print” via the emulsion lift.
Herschel has been shooting pinhole for about ten years. You can follow him on Twitter, or find more of his work on his Square Peg Pinhole Blog, and on Flickr. In addition, he’s been working on a major project called Next Best Thing Pinhole, which has been featuring some great pinhole work, including some great pieces by Scott Speck.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Well, the sun is almost set here at ƒ/D headquarters (for the curious: near Cleveland, OH). It was a beautifully sunny day and one filled with possibilities. Of course, there was also some tribulations: my beloved pinhole-converted Polaroid 335 Land Camera camera sucked in 3 frames at once through the rollers. She’s always been a cantankerous old gal, but I think she’s telling me it’s time to hang up her rollers. I’m gonna miss her.

I did still get some shots today though. A few Polaroids and some other items that I’ll need to process later. Below are the Polaroids – they’ve not been cleaned up at all, so apologies for dust and such. Stay tuned after the jump – a legit reciprocity failure table for Fuji’s FP-100C film (it is cantankerous as well).

[singlepic id=41]Beehive, Pinhole converted Polaroid, FP-100C, ©Kier Selinsky 2015[/singlepic]


Chickens (who don’t stay still for nothing)
[singlepic id=42]Chickens, Pinhole converted Polaroid, FP-100C, ©Kier Selinsky 2015[/singlepic]


[singlepic id=43]Field, Pinhole converted Polaroid, FP-100C, ©Kier Selinsky 2015[/singlepic]


Fuji FP-100C – Reciprocity Failure Table

Ever wonder why your FP-100C pinholes come out so dark? The reciprocity failure rate on it is EXTREME! I found this at apug.org and have verified it’s accuracy. Copy/paste this for future reference:

Metered Seconds :: Corrected Seconds
1 :: 3
1.25 :: 4.06
1.5 :: 5.25
2 :: 8
2.5 :: 11.25
3 :: 15
4 :: 24
5 :: 35
6 :: 48
8 :: 80
10 :: 120
12 :: 168
15 :: 255
18.75 :: 389.06
22.5 :: 551.25
30 :: 960


Happy Shooting!!

Get Inspired – Southerscales Scars

For today’s pinhole photo, we bring you Mark Rowell’s moody Polaroid shot.

Southerscales Scars
[singlepic id=17]Southerscales Scars, Zero Image 4×5, Polaroid 55, ©Mark Rowell 2015[/singlepic]

Mark shot this craggy scene in the UK, wielding his Zero Image 4×5 with the single 25mm extension.

We chose this photo for today’s feature because not only is it a great photo, but it’s a great use of large format Polaroid film. The technique enhances the feel of the tough life of this lonely tree.

Mark can be found on Flickr