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{Golden} Oh Take Me Back to the Start

Consider this a pre-cursor to a more extensive blog, wherein Mallory and I took a few of my cameras for a jaunt downtown. The ones I’m sharing with you today were taken with the first pack of film I used in the Polaroid Sun 660 Autofocus I just acquired.  The film was the Gold Edition of the Impossible Project‘s PX 680 Color Shade. I wish my scanner could convey the sheen of the gold frames on the photos. It’s really lovely. As each photo developed, getting better as the minutes passed, Mallory and I were unable to take our eyes off them! I’d put the photos away, and Mallory would ask me to bring them out so she could see them again. Or I’d pull them out of my camera bag and say, “Look! They’re perfect!” There’s a reason instant photography has the hearts of so many people out there. It truly feels like a little bit of magic at work.

Since we were listening to Coldplay throughout the afternoon and evening, we thought it’d be fitting to post some of that band’s lyrics along with these photos. Maybe when I get the other photos we took yesterday developed (viva film!) ,I’ll be inspired to pair them with more Coldplay lyrics. Until then…

Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start
Running in circles, coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh, take me back to the start

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

But tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start

Polaroid Sun 660 AF • PX680 Color Shade, Gold Edition

{Coming Attractions} Baby Eli

“Coming Attractions” in more than one sense!

More from my maternity session with the Townsends, coming soon. Baby Eli, coming soon.

{Engaged} Nathalie + Brandon

I have to admit that I was pretty miffed all winter that we didn’t really get a proper winter. But now that spring has arrived, I am SO happy with the weather it’s brought with it. This is one of my favorite times of year to do outdoor photo sessions – everything is so green and fresh and pretty!

That leads us to today’s post: Nathalie and Brandon’s engagement session!

I truly had a blast doing this engagement session. Lots of laughs and lots of spontaneity. I’ve known Nathalie and Brandon for years, and it was pretty awesome to get the opportunity to do such an enjoyable photo shoot with them!


{Rainbow} Spectrum

I am DYING over here.

I just told you about how great The Impossible Project’s new and improved Silver Shade film is. You thought I was stoked then? Well, baby, look at me NOW! (Pretend you can see a big ole smile across my face here. Because there definitely is one.) I’ve just shot a pack of NIGO edition PX 70 Color Shade film, and it was so good that it made my face melt!

I had never ever tried TIP‘s color film before. The times, they are a changin’ though. The Impossible Project folks have been allowing Pioneer members test what they call their “12/11 batch” – a magic batch! I’ll give you a couple of specific examples of what made me want to try it at this particular moment in time.  Please click here and here and here to see what’s been catching my eye (more awesome examples can be found in their online shop’s sample gallery.)  On top of all those pictures piquing my interest, TIP then one-upped themselves by marrying that new formula with a really cool colored frame edition of their PX 70 film. In their own words (ganked from their online shop’s product description):

PX 70 Color Shade by Nigo Film Edition not only features our latest Color Shade film formula, but also varying colorful frames – yellow, orange, red, pink, lilac, dark blue, light blue, green, black and white featuring the logo of Nigo – ®. One film pack contains eight images as usual, and the occurrence of the colors varies randomly in each pack.

I jumped on board and ordered a pack of my very own. I mean, it’s spring and time shake things up with some color! Am I right?? I think so. So, here, I present to you, 8 6 frames of Impossible Project NIGO edition Color Shade film.

Conclusion: The “12/11 batch” film is excellent! I was amazed at how bright the film’s colors were, yet the photos have a “vintage” quality. And as far as at the colored frames on this particular edition of PX 70 are concerned, I thought they were so fun! I can think of lots of applications for such an added touch in my photos. To my knowledge, the NIGO film is a limited edition. But, honest to goodness, I’d be very happy if they said, “Due to popular demand and Amanda’s heartfelt pleas, we are happy to announce that NIGO edition film is a permanent fixture in the Impossible Project line-up.”

 Technical info: Polaroid SX-70 • NIGO Edition Impossible PX 70 Color Shade • PX Shade inserted in camera • Photos allowed to developed in a box, for 30 minutes or longer – the longer, the better! If you are patient enough for that! I ruined the last two shots by way of “Operator error.”  They had very pretty blue frames though!

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