Sunday, August 19

'Roid Week, Day Five

I'm a bit late with this last 'Roid Week post! Believe it or not, there are some days that I am not glued to the computer.

My day five submissions:

Aspen trees
[Polaroid Automatic 250 camera + Polaroid 100 Blue film, expired 04/2009]

Another shot from last month when we went hiking along the Windsor Trail to Puerto Nambe. I love aspen trees and this was a favorite from the day. I think the light makes the forest look magical.

[Polaroid SX-70 camera w/ ND filter + PX680 Gold Frame film]

I took this selfie during 'Roid Week. I was going to skip posting a selfie this year, but I was so pleased with the way this one turned out, I decided it to use it. The zinnias are the first small bunch that I cut in our garden. I love zinnia season! (As most of you know.)

And there you have it. Even when it's not 'Roid Week, there is no shortage of instant film shots around here. It's been fun blogging this past week so hopefully I can try to do it more often again!


Saturday, August 18

'Roid Week, Day Five (Faves)

It's always a little sad when 'Roid Week is over. It's such an amazing and inspiring week, there are just so many fantastic instant shots on so many different types of film. It's a little overwhelming at times and I think it makes me a big slap happy as well. And's over until next year. Lucky for me, I shoot instant film most of the year anyway as do many of my contacts on Flickr. Plus there's the Impossible Project's 'Roid Week Gallery to keep us all going for a little while longer.

The instant film community never fails to disappoint. Everyone is so kind and generous and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. Thanks everybody!

So here are my day five faves. And here is the entire pool with a total of 3,695 photos! Wow!

1. Untitled, 2. Tree House - Double Exposure, 3. Cape Lookout, 4. Untitled, 5. Fallen Camellia, 6. IP 8x10 test self/shift, 7. scary horse, 8. Sundaes, Sandwiches & Shadows, 9. l'amour, 10. polaroid week - last day, 11. Old girl., 12. FP-100C 1, 13. Clouds, 14. 'RoidWeek 2012, 15. rooftop watcher, 16. Suffolk Sunflowers, 17. day five 1/2 "Deep in the forest you'll find what you are looking for!", 18. plume, 19. 'Roid Week #8, 20. Are you kitten me?, 21. You Musn't Quit, 22. 'RoidWeek #10: rabbit (au revoir), 23. Untitled, 24. The end of a great week, 25. 'Roid, 26. Solo, 27. deer, 28. storybook ending, 29. Untitled, 30. Forward Ever, 31. Untitled, 32. Flat Iron Building, 33. i'll follow you, 34. Jetset to the Future, 35. Pisa, 36. BudsBarberShop_SX70_ImpossiblePX680_TestV4B_081412

1. Twin Peaks, 2. Polaroid Week - Day 5, 3. Day 5 (17/08/2012), 4. Untitled, 5. beachdaze, 6. persona-9, 7. Long Acre, 8. Untitled, 9. Abbott's Lagoon Grass, Pt. Reyes, 10. Untitled, 11. . Castles in the sky, 12. soft light., 13. green., 14. springtime, 15. flamingos, 16. 070, 17. Roidweek 2012 day5 #2 - with Jos back from Schiermonnikoog, 18. Space Waters, 19. basques, 20. Solana Beach, 21. kenmare street, 22. Let's Eat, 23. so long, 'roid week, 24. Hello, 25. Peanut's Passport Photos, 26. Courtyard Leaves, 27. Untitled, 28. dahlia, 29. Untitled, 30. Polaroid_20110105-2-Image, 31. ocean walk, 32. Untitled, 33. The Carousel., 34. Ferris wheel (double), 35. Product Placement, 36. a fond farewell

 Some of the photos don't show up because they lack the proper permission (to be used with fds flickr toys) from the photographer, but you can follow the links below each mosaic to view each photograph.

 [Created by fds flickr toys.]

Friday, August 17

'Roid Week, Day Four (Faves)

Here are all my favorites from day four of 'Roid Week! You can check out the entire pool here.

1. Twice Exposed, 2. Silent canal on Sepia, 3. Full Moon Over Downtown, 4. The Great Pretender., 5. archives, 6. Goteborg --25, 7. ROID WEEK, DAY FOUR!, 8. ::J&D::, 9. Untitled, 10. Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 11. Catch the Wind, 12. 'RoidWeek 2012, 13. Polaroid Week Day 4, 14. wildlife, 15. Songbird, 16. Roid week day 4: 1/2, 17. Mime 1, 18. turtle bay, 19. Old greenhouse on PX 680 FF, 20. Untitled, 21. Untitled, 22. polaroid week / day 4, 23. polaroid week / day 4, 24. Lost Man Lake, 25. sugar, 26. 'RoidWeek #7: rabbit (purple wall, amber), 27. Southwold Beach, 28. 'Roid Week #6, 29. Untitled, 30. tiny house

1. sniff, 2. heart steps, 3. Ali'i Drive - 'Roid Week 2012, Day 4, 4. ., 5. cat people, 6. Untitled, 7. Untitled, 8. Roid week day 4: 2/2, 9. batten down, 10. How much is that kitty in the window?, 11. sea truck., 12. Concentric Lion, 13. Untitled, 14. Pink Flamingo, 15. Roid Week Day 4, 16. 'Roidweek2012 #2, 17. Untitled, 18. Ti Pi, 19. Golden Cow, 20. Funeral | August 15. 2012, 21. One night in Berlin, 22. #7 - 'Roid Week '12, 23. "Roid" week day 4 no. 3, 24. narrow bridge, 25. maura, 26. Polaroid_20120704-diptych-1200exp2009, 27. Untitled, 28. Untitled, 29. For my kitteh lovin friends!, 30. Untitled

1. Royal Courts of Justice, Aldgate, 2. 'Roid Week 2012 #11, 3. bed, 4. windowbox, 5. Horizons., 6. zinnia, 7. Saadah, 8. Untitled, 9. there's something about mary, 10. of course, 11. Eden Ysabel Fly, 12. The Magnificent Four, 13. First Polaroid 8x10, 14. Roid Week 2012: Tang, 15. Blackcomb, 16. double take., 17. air, 18. All the Pretty Horses

 Some of the photos don't show up because they lack the proper permission (to be used with fds flickr toys) from the photographer, but you can follow the links below each mosaic to view each photograph.

 [Created by fds flickr toys.]

Thursday, August 16

'Roid Week, Day Four

Hard to believe that day four of 'Roid Week is already upon us. Here are my submissions for the day:

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
[Polaroid SX-70 camera w/ ND filter + PX680 Gold Frame film]

Vigil Store
[Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE + PX100 Cool Silver Shade film]

I had a hard time deciding what to post today and ending going with photos on different types of Impossible film, types that I haven't posted to the group yet. Both of these shots were taken the other day when I drove out to Chimayo, NM. Neither shot really blows me away, but I do like them and I'm trying not to post too many flower photos this year!

'Roid Week, Day Three (Faves)

Here are all my favorites from day three of 'Roid Week! You can check out the entire pool here.

1. An Impossible Mission Hollywood Sign 80, 2. From the water, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. australian cliché, 6. cigar shop, 7. *, 8. ROID WEEK DAY THREE!, 9. looking into the sky, 10. Untitled, 11. Old Orchard, 12. what i call summer..., 13. flora, 14. Untitled, 15. Wanderer, 16. Roid week Day 3: 1/2, 17. IMG_0004, 18. Untitled, 19. how do i love thee..., 20. In flight, 21. polaroid week / day 3, 22. Untitled, 23. Curtain, 24. Untitled, 25. Antiques_SX70_ImpossiblePX680_TestV4B_081412, 26. blue star, 27. Mermaid, SALA Phuket, 2012 - 'Roid week day 3, No. 2, 28. row row, 29. The Forbidden City, 30. In the corn

1. notraces and mae, 2. ., 3. in a strange light double, 4. a little damaged, but not unloved, 5. Swing, 6. Bar Noir, 7. Untitled, 8. test gypsy deer - day 3 - photo 1, 9. Untitled, 10. ., 11. Polaroid_20111006-11-600exp2009, 12. 尋找自己的樹吧, 13. Untitled, 14. Untitled, 15. crenellated sky, 16. nature girl, 17. Untitled, 18. my favorite flowers, 19. 'Roid Week #4, 20. Wondering about infinity. , 21. 'Roid Week Day 3, 22. dotty dwelling, 23. 'Roid Week 2012 - Day 3, 24. Untitled, 25. Sunchild, 26. I capture the [sand]castle., 27. Dewey, 28. "Roid" week day 3 no. 1, 29. dreamer, 30. tiny lake

1. deck in fog, 2. El Rancho Boulder Motel, 3. The Chosen One, 4. cat on pot, 5. Fernworthy Forest, 6. Highway 101, 7. the sound, 8. The Visitor, 9. *, 10. Big Ben, 11. Riverside, 12. Everlasting Gaze, 13. Day Lillies II, Williamsburg, 14. selfie for 'roid week, 15. Chillin, 16. My Rega Turntable

 Some of the photos don't show up because they lack the proper permission (to be used with fds flickr toys) from the photographer, but you can follow the links below each mosaic to view each photograph.

 [Created by fds flickr toys.]

Wednesday, August 15

'Roid Week, Day Three

Here are my day three submissions:


My what big fangs you have!

 [Both shots were taken with a Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE + PX70 Cool film]

 I really love the PX70 Cool film even though I screwed up a few shots in my first pack. The top shot was taken over the weekend. The place is on one of my running routes and I've been wanting to go back and take an instant shot of it for awhile now. I'm glad I finally did even though it was so hot that day, I could hardly stand walking around. And I think it may have been a bit too bright for the film even with the L/D adjustment to darker. But that's New Mexico. Tons of sunshine.

The bottom shot is Rocky and I was trying to capture him looking all handsome in the light, but then he yawned and I couldn't resist pushing the shutter! He looks like he could fit my head into his mouth! Well, not really, but boy, he's got it open to full capacity which gives a nifty view of his top fangs. He's the best! (Except when he's whining at 2 in the morning.)

Yesterday I drove to the Santuario de Chimayo with hopes of getting lots of good shots. I've taken a lot of pictures of the place so I checked my archives to make sure I didn't take all the same shots again and I found that I don't have many instant shots. That actually made me happy because it meant that I could shoot whatever I wanted! But the afternoon turned into a fiasco. First I realized that my 250 which I had loaded up with some of my treasured ID-UV film was not working. I walked over to the little touristy store to buy batteries, but after installing the new batteries, it still didn't work.

I walked back to the car to leave it in the trunk and to retrieve my SX-70 that had PX680 Gold Frame film in it. I figured I could still get some shots. I also had my SX-70 Alpha 1 SE loaded up with PX100 Cool. It was my first time shooting the PX100 Cool and of course I forgot to check whether or not I needed to set the camera to darker. And no phone service out there. So I blew my first shot but learned that yes indeed, the L/D wheel needs to go darker. Took a few more shots with the PX100 Cool and all of them left me feeling "eh."

Took a bunch of Gold Frame shots which are nice but totally blown out even though I was shooting in the shade. And I kept fretting about my not working 250. For being in such a sacred place, I was in a terribly foul mood.

Today is a new day and I was going to go back to Chimayo because magically my 250 is working again, but now my car is in the shop! Oy!

But at least I am in better spirits and do not feel like my head is going to explode.


'Roid Week, Day Two (Faves)

Here are all my favorites from day two of 'Roid Week! You can check out the entire pool here.

1. Justin Goode at the beach in Pacifica, Ca. PZ 600 Silver Shade, 2. Untitled, 3. my living room, 4. stone balance, 5. Chevy, 6. Sweden 01, 7. Noces funèbres, 8. The flood., 9. *, 10. Polaroid Week Day 2, 11. butterfly tats, 12. Untitled, 13. ..- -. - .. - .-.. . -.., 14. Untitled, 15. Oh! How I adore you..., 16. ranunculus, 17. polaroid week / day 2, 18. close to feeling tall, 19. between the fragments..., 20. roid week day 2, 21. (Edward) Land, 22. ethel, 23. The girl with the fringe - 'Roid week day 2, No. 1, 24. Untitled, 25. Untitled, 26. hoot, 27. To The Left, To The Right. - 'ROID WEEK DAY2, 28. Roid week 2012 day2 #1 - cycling in Westerwolde, 29. Swings_SX70_ImpossiblePX680_TestV4B_081412, 30. [Untitled]

 1. +, 2. ROID WEEK NIGHT TWO!, 3. Beachgrass, 4. Texaco, 5. Untitled, 6. Transizione Studio 2012 - 669-5, 7. Untitled, 8. The Witching Hour., 9. iScream Man, 10. Untitled, 11. Julian Machann, 12. Cowboys Waiting, 13. Lobster Bobs, Maine, 14. Untitled, 15. Trees and Bracken, 16. Gap, 17. puff, 18. Sunflowers, 19. Untitled, 20. the lake, 21. Doorcat, 22. 'RoidWeek 2012, 23. together, 24. wave riding, 25. Painting Alba, 26. Untitled, 27. The Gentle Touch Of A Slight Breeze, 28. Tower, 29. Storm brewing, 30. Lunch is for the Birds

1. CAT-7_0003_1024, 2. 063, 3. At the Beach, 4. Under The Pier, 5. Whitney in Asakusa, 6. leftover spring, 7. Latisha, 8. Untitled, 9. lost views, 10. Untitled, 11. [l] |l|[l|, 12. Distracted, 13. Sasquatch!, 14. sisters of summer, 15. 'Roid Week #3, 16. Hannah in her natural state, 17. black river, 18. Untitled

 Some of the photos don't show up because they lack the proper permission (to be used with fds flickr toys) from the photographer, but you can follow the links below each mosaic to view each photograph.

 [Created by fds flickr toys.]

Tuesday, August 14

'Roid Week, Day Two

I think I am starting to get crossed eyed from looking at the 'Roid Week pool so much! So much good stuff, it blows my mind.

 Here are my day two submissions:

  My love.
[Polaroid Automatic 250 camera + Polaroid 100 Blue instant film, expired 04/2009]

When I first used the Blue film, I wasn't too crazy about it so I let my second pack sit around for years. Recently Artful Magpie posted a great Blue shot on Flickr, and it inspired me to use my remaining pack. And boy am I glad that I did! I totally fell for the film and it suited our hiking adventure well. We were up on the Windsor Trail when I took this shot of Will. It's my favorite from the day.

[SX-70 Alpha 1 SE camera + PX70 Color Shade film, 12/11 batch]

This is a shot of a cosmo in our garden. A typical Juli shot, I suppose. Flowers! I actually shot this one without shielding the film as it ejected so I was quite surprised that it turned out with such vibrant color.

Happy Day Two!

'Roid Week, Day One (Faves)

Here are all my favorites from day one of 'Roid Week! You can check out the entire pool here.

 1. The Royal Crescent, 2. Polaroid Week Day 1, 3. .., 4. 'merica, 5. Metallic Brown Chevy Pickup, 6. Untitled, 7. Roidweek 2012 day1 #1, 8. untitled-1, 9. *, 10. Moo, 11. roid week day 1, 12. Cold, 13. Untitled, 14. Polaroid Week Day 1, 15. Day 1 (13/08/2012), 16. Untitled, 17. Alice - 02, 18. Ornithophobia, 19. elle roid week 1, 20. beautyandthebeast, 21. Untitled, 22. Hollywood, 23. 'RoidWeek #2: rabbit (finch & balloons), 24. Untitled, 25. meowr., 26. M O T E L, 27. Butterfly, 28. Horses - 'ROID WEEK DAY 1, 29. Untitled, 30. PX-70 Cool Film/SX-70, 31. wish u were here, 32. service rd summit double rupert, 33. House on the hill, 34. Sea on Blue, 35. nickels eye, 36. Golden Gate Bridge

 1. my room, 2. Roid Week - Day One, 3. defining tide and time, 4. Untitled, 5. Untitled, 6. Sunset in the Peace Region, 7. Sunflower in the garden, 8. summertime , 9. Before the storm, 10. Frank-esque, 11. A Flowery Outlook on Life ('Roid Week, Day 1), 12. Roid Week Day 1 - 2/2, 13. you need to leave, 14. Birthday peony, 15. Untitled, 16. balancing act, 17. Oh Hey, 18. Funland, 19. Untitled, 20. Untitled, 21. Polaroid CU-5, 22. roid week 2012 :: day 1, 23. Cricket, 24. Some sort of religion., 25. Happy 'Roid Week!, 26. Franny & Seymour, 27. "Going Coastal" | Polaroid SX-70 | PX 70 old gen film | July 2012, 28. treeclimber (2), 29. Orchid, 30. if it burns

1. Day Lillies, Williamsburg, 2. Lifeguard tower, 3. The Witching Hour., 4. Litmus, 5. Baaaaaahhh., 6. monday**, 7. *, 8. passage, 9. Roid Week 12_2

 Some of the photos don't show up because they lack the proper permission (to be used with fds flickr toys) from the photographer, but you can follow the links below each mosaic to view each photograph.

 [Created by fds flickr toys.]

Monday, August 13

'Roid Week 2012!

Yes, it is that time again, the most wonderful week of the year, 'Roid Week on Flickr. I love it. It is so much fun to check out the pool throughout the day. (Okay, well, maybe every 15 minutes or so. Yes, I am obsessed.) There are so many amazing photos and starting tomorrow morning, I'll be posting all my favorites from each day as I have always done in the past. What's really incredible now is that there are so many different types of instant films. Many people still have lots of expired Polaroid films plus there are all the Impossible films, ranging from first flush versions to limited editions to the very new opacification test film (this means no shielding). It's really exciting stuff. Plus the instant film community is fabulous and so very generous. Good times all around.

Oh and check out the interview that The Impossible Project did with the two founders of 'Roid Week.

Here are my Day One submissions:

 [Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE camera w/ PX70 Color Shade film, 12/11 batch]

 [Polaroid Automatic 250 camera w/ Polaroid 664 film, expired 04/2009]

Happy 'Roid Week to all!

Thursday, August 2


[Polaroid SLR 680SE + expired Polaroid 779 "Share the Love" instant film]

I love summer although right now I could do without the sweltering hot days and nights that we are having. It cools off outside in the evenings, but our bedroom is usually about 88 degrees when I get into bed. It doesn't make for very good sleep. This whole week has been filled with restless nights and weird dreams. I sleep, but it's not solid or deep, and it feels like I wake up every hour although that may just be part of the weird dreams. I have no idea.

Nonetheless, it is still one of my favorite seasons. And while I wish my days were filled with sparkling blue swimming pools and days at the beach, I make due with enjoying our backyard and watching the garden grow. It's been a good gardening year and I'm thrilled to have so many tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers growing. We also have some jalapeno peppers and a random watermelon. I didn't plant any watermelon so I am guessing that there was a watermelon seed mixed in with the cucumber seeds. Kind of cool since I've never grown watermelon before!

Be sure and check out all the other Summer submmissions over at Words To Shoot By. There are swimming pools and oceans involved!