Lisa & Spencer – The Polaroids!!

I’m so excited about this post!
My first wedding of the year yesterday…with the awesome Lisa & Spencer at the Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland WA. It was a glorious Spring day at a great venue with a very cool couple.
And…I finally got to try out my polaroid camera under wedding conditions. I’ve been shooting a lot of film this year and plan on using film cameras  during weddings and engagement sessions. Obviously not for the entire shoot, but just for special shots during the day.  One of my favorite new/old toys is a Polaroid Land Camera. It uses peel-apart instant film, and although Polaroid is no longer in business, Fuji still makes film for these cameras…plus the camera just looks so insanely cool…and folds up into a nice, neat package.
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So, while we were doing some some super cool portraits of Lisa & Spencer…I decided to go all analog(film) on them…pictures below

Just to be clear…these are scans of FILM pictures…NOT digital

and now for the really cool/photo geek part.  Polaroid used to make a positive/negative film where you would get the print and then a film negative as well.  Very cool film that everyone loved…then Polaroid, very rudely, decided to go totally bankrupt and out of business.  Thanks to the power of the internet and photo geeks having too much time and household cleaner on their hands…it is now possible to once again have a positive/negative film.  The fuji color instant film produces the prints and also a ‘goop’ side which is the messy part you normally throw away.  However, if you go through a bunch of annoying steps which includes lots of tape, bleach and q-tips, you can strip all the gunk away and end up with a film negative of the photo.  It often gets a little tweaked during the process and the end result is a very cool, one-of-a-kind piece of photo geek art.  It’s a little time consuming, but the end result is pretty amazing…at least I think so.  Here are a few of negative scans

I’ll post the digital shots from Lisa & Spencer’s wedding soon.

March 30, 2010 - 5:29 pm San - A great beginning. As parents of the groom we look forward to future shots coming out. I too think the polaroid transparencies are cool. My dad used polaroid for years and if you are interested in purchasing anymore equipment I could, perhaps, see my way clear to move it on.

April 11, 2010 - 2:59 pm Lisa & Spencer – Lewis River Golf Course Wedding » Sean Morrison Photography - [...] some great images and I really enjoyed working with Lisa & Spencer.  Be sure and check out The Polaroids in a previous post. Congratulations Lisa & [...]

August 9, 2014 - 2:23 pm Nicola & Greg – Polaroids from Camp Wilkerson Wedding – Rainier Oregon » Sean Morrison Photography - [...] I still love using film and I especially still love using instant film.  It’s not something that I offer as an add-on to wedding packages because the conditions have to be just right.  It’s a slow process using a 40 year old camera and expired film so I need enough time, light and patience to make it work.  And then sometimes even with the right conditions it doesn’t quite work.  Each shot is different since the most of the film has been expired for over 10 years and wasn’t meant to last this long.  Notice how each shot is slightly different color/light wise.  When it all comes together it really is awesome. Truly one-of-a-kind photos on vintage film that is no longer being produced.  I happen to be sitting on a secret stash of authentic polaroid film (that many photo geeks in Portland would kill for) and once its gone, its gone.  It will never be made again.  The camera I use is insanely cool too…you can learn more about it and some more film shots here at this link. [...]

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