Friday, July 15, 2011

in the spirit of Polaroid Week,

here is a very underexposed and overdeveloped photograph of my mother.

apologies for the poor scanning which did nothing to save give the image a little more dignity.  :P

i "resurrected" the Polaroid 320 Land camera (Polaroid Land 320 camera?) my dad gave me.  i think he gave it to me to add to my collection of old cameras that do not work anymore.  heehee.  i don't think he was expecting the polaroid to be used again.  i'm glad i have film-loving friends who share information and tips, and i found out that the polaroid i've left gathering dust beside my bed can still make a comeback.

i wrote about how the old battery was still there--i did a simple battery conversion-modification which enabled me to replace the old, phased-out one with an easily-available cr2 battery.  the important thing was to use a battery with the same voltage of 3 volts. *geek mode*

anyway!  it's good that the film packs compatible with the camera are still available, albeit way past their prime.  i ordered two packs of Fuji FP100C (color) and a pack of Fuji FP100B (black and white) to test the camera with.  looks like i'll have to hoard order more.

so, test shot done.  what i learned:  the film speed is 100, and shutter speed is 75.  it's advisable to adjust the camera settings to "darken" to compensate IF it is already sunny and you're afraid of overexposing the film.  in my case, i should have adjusted it to "lighten" instead because it was still early morning and the sunlight hasn't quite reached our garden yet.  i need the sun.  or a brighter time of the day.  lesson learned.  it could also be because the film's already expired, and well, i think it only makes things more exciting, hahaha.  next!


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