Friday, September 23, 2011

New55 Early Results

Our subject from last week's session is shown very tightly cropped and greatly enlarged.  This is the negative side of a New55 shot taken with the trusty Speed Graphic and Xenotar 150mm f2.8, work performed over at Mass Art with the assistance of Keitaro Yoshioka and other collaborators. To see the entire image you can go to our slide show on flickr. You may have to change your access settings.

Or you can see them here in higher resolution.

The results we can now get appear to exceed the performance of old T55 in an important way: Both positive and negative are properly exposed and processed in one operation, something Polaroid never achieved.

Every day I get requests and questions from people, some asking "what can I do to help?"
Right now, one thing you can do is tell others, put the link to New55 in other forums, mention it and link it in your posts, and keep doing it. Copy and paste the URL everywhere you can. This helps build traffic and consensus that further investment is worthwhile.  Places to go include APUG, LF forums, and also general photo forums, certain fashion and modeling sites, the popular press (comments sections) and on Twitter and Facebook and places I am not aware of. Please do this as the opportunity presents itself, and don't be afraid to grab this or other images from here to post with the link back to


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blogger has changed the way you click images

Yet another unexpected change here to blogger: When you click on an image to enlarge it, you first get a framed, somewhat enlarged image. THEN, if you want to see the full sized image, you have to right click it, select "image" then click that. THEN, when the image comes up with a little + sign on the cursor, you can then click it again, this time (finally) for the full sized screen filling detailed rich image that was the whole point in a 1 MB upload.

All this clicking is making me weary, but it is actually easy to do. Try it on an image here and let me know what you find. Here is a test image.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PX 70 Color Shade, realistically scanned

You see a few overly saturated scans of some of The Impossible Project's new films online, which is unnecessary in my view!  Here is a quick shot of my friend Herb Singleton from my Jordan Marsh SX70 out near the loading dock.

Not bad I say, not bad.  The colors are actually quite accurate - our building has that blue, Herb's shirt was that orange, and there was a lot of blue sky above.  I will buy and use this regularly, and I expect others will too.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Any Monday

And another day of playing with obsolete cameras, film, and chemicals. Relics of the past carry unknown futures without our care, we consider their potential for what we might still do, or leave behind. The choice is uncertain: the world changes faster than us or familiar places. Occasionally, something happens to make them appear new, and more interesting.

Click on the images for a close-up view. The top one is a scan of the negative. The two below are PN positives from the same session.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tobias Feltus on SHOTS

In this month's issue of SHOTS we are delighted to see fellow New55 Developer and cover photographer Tobias Feltus (L) featured on the cover in this self portrait with brother Joseph Feltus.