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{‘Roid Week 2013} Bonus Day: The Island of Misfit ‘Roids

When I decided that ‘Roid Week 2013 was the ideal opportunity share my backlog of instant photos, I tried to be selective about the photos I’d showcase. Some of them were tossed aside because the focus/exposure wasn’t right, others simply didn’t “do it” for me.  But I’ve found that sometimes when I’m not crazy about a particular photo, it is still worth sharing because someone else might find the photo to be of some interest. Meaning some photos that make me say “meh!” may make someone else say “yeah!” In that spirit here are the photos that didn’t make the cut for my ‘Roid Week 2013 selections: 

“Instant photos of my niece, some more successful than others” • Polaroid 250 • Fuji FP-100C

“My brother’s pit bull, Nala, lounging on the porch”  Polaroid 250 Fuji FP-100C

“My fave shoes, but this photo makes my lap look voluminous” • Polaroid 250 • Fuji FP-100C

Failed attempt to photograph a beautiful, giant bowl of cream cheese icing”
Minolta Instant Pro close-up lens   PZ 680 Color Protection

“Blue Ribbon on the Post Office door” • Polaroid 250 Fuji FP-100C

“Summer Refreshment” • Polaroid Spectra 1200si • Close-up lens •  PZ 680 Color Protection

{Roid Week 2013} Shredded Glory

Every once in awhile, I nearly get myself into a bit of trouble when carrying out my photographic pursuits. Only once has law enforcement been called in, but that was no big deal and ended well 😉

The photo featured today is of plastic American flags that are strung around a business that’s on a corner in the town where I live. The stripes on the flags are shredded, looking like fringe, thanks to effects of flapping in the wind over time. I had to pass that corner every time I picked my niece up from school and always wanted to stop to take a photo. I do try to keep out of trouble when I go onto private property for photographic purposes, by either asking permission (when possible) for taking photos or by being discreet. For the photo I took of these flags, I went after business hours, drove into the parking lot, took this photo very quickly by leaning out of the rolled down window of the car, and tried to be on my way. But I couldn’t get on my way before having a man who was at a neighboring business approach me. He wore overalls, a trucker hat over his unkempt hair, and spoke with a thick “country”  accent.  He wasn’t confrontational, but I knew when he was asking if I needed help with something and told me he knew the owner of the business that he was trying to suss my motives for taking a photo of something on this property. I just explained, in as chipper a voice as possible, that I didn’t need help with anything because I was just taking a photo of the flag banner. He still gave me a sideways glance and probably took down my license plate number before I drove away. At least he didn’t call in the sheriff though!

Minolta Instant Pro • Impossible Project PZ 680 Color Protection

{‘Roid Week 2013} Banana-Banana

(click the photo to view it at a larger size – it’s better BIGGER!)

I’d really been cross at myself for not putting more film through my Polaroid Spectra/Minolta Instant Pro cameras after procuring them last Christmas. So much film photography to do, so little time!  I decided to stop being cross at myself  by ordering a few packs of Impossible Project PZ 680 Color Protection film last month. I couldn’t decide which camera to use the PZ 680 film in, so I did both! I’ve become a bit of an expert at transferring Impossible Project film into different cameras 🙂 So I first loaded this film pack into the Minolta. Then put it in the Polaroid. And I finished it off in the Minolta.

The above photos were the first two I took when I loaded the film into the Minolta. I wasn’t happy with the exposure on the first photo, so I immediately took another. The exposure wasn’t any better on the second try! However, since the reason I was photographing this banana was because I thought its curvature was unlike that of any other banana I’d ever seen, I rather like the abstract nature that the underexposure of these photos creates.

Minolta Instant Pro w/Close-up lens attached • Impossible Project PZ 680 Color Protection