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52 Cameras: Week 42 part 2 – Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1

Sorry this is late. We had to replace M’s grandmother’s refrigerator. No biggie except the ice maker is a kit with instructions so generic that they make no sense in the context of actually installing it into a physical-reality-in-front-of-you refrigerator. Nothing matched the drawings and we quadruple-checked that we had the right kit. Think of the most complex Ikea thing you’ve assembled and add plumbing and wiring.

Any way, on to the camera.

This is an awesome camera. I saw what I thought was hyperbole on the Impossible Project pages. Really? Yes really. It’s a freaking folding, instant film, SLR! I may not be able to revisit this camera within the time constraints of the 52 Cameras project but there is a lot of potential using 600 film and ND filters to have much finer control over exposure.

Using a GE Flashbar II (~ 30 years old) with no exposure compensation or Photoshop adjustments.

This is craptastically overexposed but I wanted to include one with the borders.

This is craptastically overexposed but I wanted to include one with the borders.

Used the same flash bar. The bulb going off melts the plastic a little.

Reduced magenta and cat hair but no other adjustments.

Reduced magenta and cat hair but no other adjustments.

The perils of using a camera for one pack (or roll) — you don’t get used to the film format or the quirks of a particular camera.

I forgot the images are square and held the camera sideways.

I forgot the images are square and held the camera sideways.

Cranked the camera all the way "darken" and held very still.

Cranked the camera all the way “darken” and held very still.

I cleaned the battery crud out of the Wards flash and got it working only to discover it doesn’t physically fit the Alpha 1. I had to use the flashbar again.

Ganesha with a changing bag background.

Ganesha with a changing bag background.

I’m no stranger to Photoshop but I couldn’t get rid of the magenta shadows on the statue. Even when the black bag showed black, the shadows on the figure were purplish. Ganesha is the Lord of Obstacles, not just of removing them, so maybe I have something to learn from this.