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Thursday, April 21, 2016

52@52 Week 38

It’s “Roid Week” on Flickr this week, where people make a special effort to post Polaroid-style instant film photos (no fakes, thank you, only real pictures). So I’ve been shooting a lot this week. I decided to return to my experiments with New55 4×5 film.

Asbury Lanes being ruined

I shot this last weekend with the Intrepid and some New55 from the last batch that had hand-coated paper. They’ve automated the coating process to try to make the product less painful to make and more economically feasible. So this is the last of a breed. And as I’ve seen before, there’s a big difference between the negative and the print.

Asbury Lanes being ruined, New55 print

The prints aren’t without their charm, but they’re not high fidelity. I recently got my two packs for backing them on Kickstarter. I look forward to seeing if the automation makes a difference on that count. They announced the other day that they’ve completed fulfilling the Kickstarter backing orders. Congratulations to them! I hope this means that the production is financially viable and continues.

One of the pictures I posted on the first day of Roid Week got picked up for Flickr Explore, their page where they post photos they think are worthy of more attention. It was shot outside the parameters of this project, so I didn’t make it my photo here, but I’ll include it as a bonus shot here.

Surf's Up, LBI, NJ

I shot this with my Polaroid 250 on well-expired Polaroid Chocolate pack film. I was very happy with how this turned out. Looks like other people were, too. I had to turn Flickr app notifications off on my phone the morning this was posted to Explore because my wrist kept buzzing every 30 seconds. I wound up with 16,998 views of this shot on Flickr and 232 people favorited it. Feel kind of weird.

Posted at 7:33 AM

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"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

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