I bought a Polaroid back for my Hasselblad camera. I’ve been waiting for just the right light in my house to make my first photo. I haven’t taken a Polaroid since the early 70’s and I was just a little bit intimidated to starting on this new adventure with film.
And, as I feared, I screwed it up. Why? because I forgot the ISO was 100. I have used so much 400 speed film lately that I metered for 400. boo. I wanted this first photo to be a slice of daily life: making pumpkin cookies. After I made the cookies I set them up on a little Wedgwood plate in front of one of my kitchen windows with some nice indirect light filtered through the shade.
Film loaded. Camera on tripod. Light adjusted. Click. Pull the tab. Wait for 2 minutes. Separate the film from the negative. Too dark. What? Darn, I shot it at ISO 100. Disappointment.
Scanned. More disappointment. So much dust landed on the photo while it was drying. I have a whole-house electronic air filter, but I still have so much dust flying through the air. Resolution: solve this problem.
Next: Going to try more. I have a project in mind that involves taking Polaroids of my old cameras and then doing a lift and transfer of the photo onto other paper. I’ve watched the process at the Impossible Project web site. I have the kit. I’m ready to try again.
All was not lost. The cookies were a hit. Here’s the recipe: