Thrifted Finds: The Polaroid Macro 5 SLR Camera

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A little while ago, I started following searches for various Polaroid cameras on eBay ... within my budget. The inspiration came from Reddit user ---- and his multiple exposure shots on an old passport Polaroid camera. They tend to run in the $100 range, so I reduced my price to the under $50 to see what was available. Then I found this hulking behemoth and was determined to get one for myself. I started bidding on a reasonably priced Macro and the seller would even throw in a bunch of 990 film. I lost the auction... which meant that I needed to have one now.

I ordered this camera for a little bit more money and no film, but it arrived within a day and was in impeccable condition ... unlike the Polaroid portrait kit I ordered that has yet to arrive and the seller is suspiciously not answering my emails. The battery case was clean and empty - as opposed to the SX-70 that I'm trying to find a service to refurbish as it is covered in old battery acid. There was no mold, unlike the Polaroid close-up kit I purchased on eBay. So really, this thing was basically a Christmas present from a stranger... that I paid...

This thing is huge. Like... so huge that my boyfriend's dad glared at it with a pretty severe look of disgust when I was loading batteries into it. It's very difficult to hold and I'm still wrapping my head around focusing, using the separate flashes, etc. But it's pretty high tech. I really love it even though I have no idea where I am going to put it. It's obviously a work horse and not the prettiest of my cameras that I display. That being said - it makes really neat pictures.

So I ordered some Spectra-type film from the Impossible Project. I'm very hesitant to use their film. It's being sold as a final product, but the film just operates like a Beta product at best. It's really just very fickle even when you operate the film exactly as you are meant to. I wasted $25 on some black and white 600 film a while back.... I only got two exposures to come out. And it's as expensive as Polaroid was on its final leg... but at least you got an extra two exposures out of it. So I don't hold Impossible in the highest regard, but at least they're producing film for people who still like to use Polaroid cameras.

And to be honest - I got some pretty great results with the Spectra film:

It's especially nice photographing the dead flora in my back yard. They almost look like paintings with their muted colors. I'm even appreciative of the mishaps that come with shooting on the Impossible film - they're more like happy accidents rather than the total fuck ups I had with my last pack of Impossible film. So the camera might be ungainly and the film might be fickle, the photos are just lovely. I have a feeling I'll be spending a great deal of money on Spectra film this year.

Back to Film

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A long, long time ago, I took my Lubitel on a few walks. And then I forgot to pick up my film. And then I forgot to scan it once I did get my film. At least I edited it shortly after scanning because I mean ... damn photos from November? (That being said, I still have personal photos from September that haven't been touched)

Sorry about the glitchy photos - there appears to be a problem with my scanner.

Soho - November 2014 Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Soho - November 2014
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Soho - November 2014 Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Soho - November 2014
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

NYU, Nove,ber 2014 Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

NYU, Nove,ber 2014
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

14th St. Subway Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

14th St. Subway
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Oldwick, NJ
Lubitel 166B, Ultrafine Xtreme 400

It's Been a While

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It's certainly been quite a while.

Here's what's been going on:

Firstly, I've been writing. And performing!  In a recurring show called Evening with the Authors. Here's a video of my latest performance.
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Next - now that the football is done, people can pay attention to comedy again here in Indianapolis. As the photographer for Rocketship Comedy, I've had the fortune of capturing some neat moments. It's a great job when I get to have a beer and a laugh.

Here are some photos from the Jake Head show at Flat 12 Biewerks.

 

And my boss, Mr. Cam O'Connor, is leaving us to become a big-time comedy man in Cincinnati. He did a farewell interview for NUVO, and they used my picture!

 

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And I've been buying old cameras again. Here's a taste of an upcoming post:


More from New York

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I took a whole mess of photos that I didn't post yet. Here they are

Between 19th and 20th street

Between 19th and 20th street

Union Square

Union Square

19th Street

19th Street

Abandoned Hennessy bottle in SoHo

Abandoned Hennessy bottle in SoHo

My brother checking out a sketchy club from whence he might never return. He did. SoHo

My brother checking out a sketchy club from whence he might never return. He did.

SoHo

SoHo

SoHo

Union Square Subway Station

Union Square Subway Station

Union Square holiday market

Union Square holiday market

Union Square at night

Union Square at night

Rangers fans near Flatiron

Rangers fans near Flatiron

Broadway. Flatiron

Broadway. Flatiron

A Year in Review

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Below are my favorite photos from each month in 2014. I remember trying to find all of them and realizing that despite thinking myself exceptionally organized, I had to search through a multitude of mislabeled folders on not one but two external hard drives to collect these pictures. When searching through the months between March and May, I became quite discouraged that there were no photos of any value... and then I remembered that I was desperately trying to complete my graduate thesis during that time. I completely forgot that I graduated. Well, it needn't be said, but I'll say it anyway: a lot can happen in a year.

January - the Snowpocalypse in Indianapolis.

January - the Snowpocalypse in Indianapolis.

February - I was waiting for a client to arrive for their photoshoot. In the meantime, I played around with the free-lensing technique. 

February - I was waiting for a client to arrive for their photoshoot. In the meantime, I played around with the free-lensing technique. 

March - I arrived in Hanover in February, but I went right back to Indiana for Spring Break.

March - I arrived in Hanover in February, but I went right back to Indiana for Spring Break.

April - I got bored with writing and had to go on a walk around Hanover.

April - I got bored with writing and had to go on a walk around Hanover.

May - Right before the thesis was due, my boyfriend and I took a hike along Quechee Gorge so that I might get a little fresh air for once.

May - Right before the thesis was due, my boyfriend and I took a hike along Quechee Gorge so that I might get a little fresh air for once.

June - I got to visit New York City during this period of new found freedom.

June - I got to visit New York City during this period of new found freedom.

July - Two Rabbits kissing outside my window after they played a fierce game of hide and seek

July - Two Rabbits kissing outside my window after they played a fierce game of hide and seek

August - I visited the Indiana State Fair and took my first experimental shot using 35mm film in a camera designed for 120 film.

August - I visited the Indiana State Fair and took my first experimental shot using 35mm film in a camera designed for 120 film.

August - this month also brings the massive gaming convention GenCon to Indianapolis. I got to take my first Con photos (aside from the tattoo convention some years ago). This was my favorite.

August - this month also brings the massive gaming convention GenCon to Indianapolis. I got to take my first Con photos (aside from the tattoo convention some years ago). This was my favorite.

September - I paused in the middle of a photoshoot to snap this friendly goose on the canal.

September - I paused in the middle of a photoshoot to snap this friendly goose on the canal.

October - My boyfriend and his little sister being adorable

October - My boyfriend and his little sister being adorable

November - Awake the Wilde performed at Tonic Ball in Indianapolis. It's my first real concert photo

November - Awake the Wilde performed at Tonic Ball in Indianapolis. It's my first real concert photo

December - I went on a photo-taking frenzy in December, but this one was my favorite by a long shot.   So - What happens in 2015?

December - I went on a photo-taking frenzy in December, but this one was my favorite by a long shot.

 

So - What happens in 2015?

New York: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 "First Photos"

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So I got a new camera. I took some pictures that were going to be the "First Pictures with the Olympus OM-D E-M10" but I didn't get around to them. I took the camera to New York City the other day and decided to edit those first. I'm still getting a feel fore the camera, but it's pretty great how unobtrusive it can be. It still makes a shutter click, but it sounds more like a small yet adorable person sneezing. So here we go - wstreet photos. I went to the city yesterday so there will be more of these coming your way.

New Gear: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 - First Impressions

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Last week, I read a post on Peta Pixel about a rumor that Canon might make a mirrorless camera. That post linked me to another post about how one photographer switched to FujiFilm's mirrorless camera line. The mirrorless camera removes the mirror from the camera body. The mirror in a DSLR allows you to see through the lens in your viewfinder - taking the image through the lens and reflecting it into your eye. Losing the mirror clears up a lot of space and makes the camera much smaller. After reading the aforementioned article, I started fantasizing about a mirrorless camera: how much easier it would be to take with me on the few trips that I do make, how I could have a camera on me at all times and a good camera at that. Not that my iPhone isn't a good camera, it does the job and it has given me some of my favorite photos. But while I wait for the iPhone 6 to come in the mail, my aging 4S crashes when I take photos now and it just isn't cutting the mustard.

So I started looking for mirrorless cameras. The whole point is that I'm not replacing my beloved Canon 6D. I know it and I love it. It isn't a 5D Mark-Whatever, but it's a damn good camera and it suits me just fine. But it's huge. And it's heavy. But mostly, it's expensive and huge. I can't take it with me to New York City and take pictures with it as I walk down the street. It draws attention to itself just because it's a DSLR and it says "Canon" on it. Long story short, I was really into getting a smaller, unobtrusive camera.

I spent at least three full days obsessing over it. Then agonizing over it. Which company is better? What do the price brackets mean in terms of quality? Do MegaPixels really matter? What the hell is aspect-ratio and why can't I find a simple explanation of it? Lens selection is pretty important. So I spent a lot of time on snapsort.com comparing FujiFilm X series cameras to one another, the Sony a7, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Samsung NX300. I made three pros and cons lists and comparison lists. I even asked the know-it-alls on the Reddit subreddit r/photography, and of course felt insecure with the advice I was given. I kept going back and forth and back and forth and it finally came down to the Olympus and the Sony cameras and the $500 that separated them. In an ideal world, I would get a Leica camera, but I am even hesitant to buy $20 Bumble and Bumble hair shampoo... so Leica was out of the question and will be forever confined to my ultimate wishlist alongside a Hasselblad because that's what photographers are supposed to want, right?. The Sony a7 was the top of the heap, but would come out to be the same price as my refurbished 6D and while it would be smaller, I'd be just as anxious carrying around with me.  I own an Olympus OM-20 film camera so I figured I'd already be somewhat familiar with the system. And maybe I could use the same lenses (I can sort of, but not really). Regardless, I saw a massive deal on Amazon: the Olympus OM-D E-M10 body with a 14-42mm kit lens for $700, a free 40-150mm lens and they even threw in an Amazon Basics camera bag. It took me a few days to pull the trigger, but then I realized that the deal was pretty phenomenal considering I'd save about $350-400, and I really wanted to take it with me on holiday.

It was delivered a day early. As I unboxed it, my face transformed into what I'm told was a priceless expression. It is tiny. Miniscule. It looks and feels like a camera for ants. It's adorable. It's light. It doesn't feel real, it's that tiny. The lenses are miniature, although the 40-150mm zoom lens extends out in a way that my friend described as very "Diglett"-like. What's surprising is how light they are. The 14-42mm lens has a locking mechanism which allows you to smush it when it isn't in use - something I doubt I'll ever get used to as it's in the same place as my Auto-Focus/Manual-Focus switch on my Canon. To be honest, I thought I broke the lens when I couldn't figure out how to close it. They're so light that it wouldn't surprise me if I had.

When I turned the camera on, I found it to be less like my DSLR and more like a digital camera, which turned me off. There are a lot of features and menus and icons and it's just very cluttered. (I believe this is one of the common criticisms for the OM line). I had a very hard time finding the things that I wanted, like changing the loud auto-focus beep or even finding the manual focus, and have yet to fully explore the extensive online manual. There's a smiley face icon on the menu that I find really disconcerting and I have no idea what it means. I can't even do a ctrl+f for the smiley face in the manual... The biggest challenge is the view finder. It's a digital viewfinder. I am unsure how that will affect the battery life, but I have a feeling negatively. There is a dial to sharpen the image in the viewfinder, which is odd in comparison to seeing a perpetually crisp image in my DSLR viewfinder and if it isn't clear, I know there's something wrong with my lens. But this is the entire point of a mirrorless camera. Without the mirror, you can have a miniature camera. On a DSLR, you can look through your lens, compose your shot through the lens and it feels real and organic. With the digital viewfinder, it feels like you're trying to look at everything through a video camera feed. It just feels less "real." However, I imagine it's a lot better than having to compose your image on the screen. The Olympus has a touch-screen feature, but I doubt I'll be using it.

I wasn't 100% on board. It felt new-fangled and different. It seemed overly-complicated for something that was supposed to simplify things for me. But then I started exploring the menus (admittedly, they're rather circuitous) and started making the small changes as per my preferences and then I put it next to my DSLR and remembered how small it is. It is so damn small. And it's really cool.

So I'll be figuring it out. But that's my new camera and my first impressions of it.

35mm Film - Black and White from Autumn

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I don't know why I hardly use black and white 35mm film. Perhaps because I can still manage to buy a 10 pack of Ultrafine Xtreme black and white film for $30 and that just doesn't happen for other film. I had a grab bag film order and received a roll of Kentmere 100 Black and White film, popped it into my Olympus OM-G camera and took some photos throughout the fall.


120 Film - Black and White from Autumn

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I'm so negligent when it comes to film. I let the exposed rolls sit and rot before I take them to get developed. I often forget to pick them up once they've been developed (unless they come in the mail, in which case, there's no good excuse there. It's literally delivered to me). I wait to scan them and I wait even longer to process them and longer still to post them.

The likelihood that anyone actually reads or sees any of this is rather slim, but whatever. Here they are: the 120 photos from my Lubitel 166B and my Diana F+ in black and white.

Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire

Former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building on Mass Ave. Lubitel 166B

Former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building on Mass Ave.

Lubitel 166B

Former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building on Mass Ave. Lubitel 166B

Former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building on Mass Ave.

Lubitel 166B

Cops patrolling on horseback around Monument Circle Diana F+

Cops patrolling on horseback around Monument Circle

Diana F+

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - Double Exposure Diana F+

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument - Double Exposure

Diana F+

Lubitel 166B C-41

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I hardly ever use 120 film in color. I tend to think Black and white as a little more forgiving. Post-processing is easier. And I don't have to pay through the nose to get it developed. In fact, I'll be visiting Mr. Poster in Broad Ripple tomorrow to get the film he's developed. But I did stick a Kodak Ektar 200 in there (I think). Here are some of the photos I got back

Coming up next: 120 and 35mm black and white.

Sam chopped all that wood in the photo above this one.

Sam chopped all that wood in the photo above this one.

The last outdoor Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace event until the spring.

The last outdoor Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace event until the spring.

Back when it was pretty outside

Back when it was pretty outside

Protectors.

Protectors.

Downtown Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis

On a Walk

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My family lives in a pretty idyllic spot. Though a stone's trow away from the suburbia you'd expect from the over-populated state of New Jersey, they live amongst cattle, fields, hay, and over-priced boutique restaurants. I was out for a walk in their neck of their woods.

This little guy ran up to me as I shouted a stream of expletives while on the phone with my dad. Some monster...

This little guy ran up to me as I shouted a stream of expletives while on the phone with my dad. Some monster...

Of course, I save my favorite for last, but I doubt many of you made it this far. If you did, well, this is my favorite.

Of course, I save my favorite for last, but I doubt many of you made it this far. If you did, well, this is my favorite.

In Flight Photos

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Holidays have become synonymous with traveling. My family lives in New Jersey while I live in Indianapolis. So I flew to New Jersey.

My flight on Wednesday was delayed several hours, allowing me to take photos of unsuspecting travelers.

iPhone 4S - VSCOcam

iPhone 4S - VSCOcam

iPhone 4S - Hipstamatic - VSCOcam

iPhone 4S - Hipstamatic - VSCOcam

When I finally got to board my flight, I was too nervous to stop taking pictures.

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iPhone 4S - VSCOcam

iPhone 4S - VSCOcam

Awake the Wilde at Tonic Ball 2014

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The gentleman who models for me most often, Sam Griswold, is also a bass player in the band Awake the Wilde. They performed their renditions of Velvet Underground and Lou Reed songs at this year's Tonic Ball on November 21, 2014. They truly rocked their covers and even concluded their set with an original entitled, "Bad as I Want," a song I can only describe as indescribably sexy.

The band members are identified from left to right. Go check out their Facebook, like their page and get ready because their new album is about to drop soon.

Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

Sam Griswold (Bass) | Bill Eckhart (Lead Guitar)

Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) | Andrew Davis (Drums)

Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) | Sam Griswold (Bass)

Brock Lucchese (Rhythm Guitar) | Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) | Andrew Davis (Drums) | Sam Griswold (Bass)
 

Sam Griswold (Bass)
 

Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

Bill Eckhart (Lead Guitar)

Brock Lucchese (Rhythm Guitar) | Alex Roth (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)