Gold vs Black or White?

PX 600 UV Silver Shade Gold Limited Edition on Polaroid SX-70

Took my SX-70 out to the bird park on a very sunny day with a pack of…ooops, 600 film. 600 film is a very fast film, in fact it is two stops faster causing over exposure when used in a SX-70 camera. To make it useable you would need either an ND filter placed over the electric eye of your camera or over the film pack. You could also just remember to dial the darken wheel all the way for every shot, but this is ultimately dependent on the lighting condition. delusiana also had her flash bar on her, which comes with a switchable ND-compensation mode so all was good.

My shots came out pretty nice, and I actually like the yellow hue that comes out looking crisp and golden thanks to the glimmering frames that outline the shots. I really like how the first shot of the foliage turned out almost infrared-like as the whole area was bathed in bright sun rays when I took the picture.

PX 600 Silver Shade Black Frame on Polaroid 600 Onestep Closeup PX Camera

Now here are some samples of 600 film shot on my Polaroid 600 camera. The black frames are no doubt sexy but I am not a fan of the orange tinge on the images so much, and in hot weather the orange continues to get darker and redder at a pretty fast rate. I unfortunately forgot to store these shots in a dry pack, which is highly recommended for all Impossible films to stop your picture from over-devoloping. On the official website it is stated that a 2 month storage is recommended. Just simply pop your polas in an air-tight bag will with some silica gel packs. Suffice to say the images, when not stored, can look pretty hideous. Perhaps one of these days I’ll scan a few so you know what you really don’t want to not do.

The weather when these were shot was hot and humid, which does influence the way the film develops over time. I can’t wait to try to shoot these again in a drier climate, in hopes of getting stronger blacks and whites on the image. 

PX 70 Color Shade (old stock) on Polaroid SX-70

Now, these were my test shots from when I first got the SX-70 camera and didn’t know that the PX70 Color Shade was in fact a faster film than stated on the box. The box clearly reads 125ASA, but upon browsing the website’s FAQ, I saw this; “…when using PX 70 film on Polaroid SX-70 cameras adjust your lighten/darken wheel to the darkest setting.”, which is the same warning you would get when using 600 film on a SX-70 camera. Thanks for the heads up on your website, which clearly should have been on your box or in the item description on your online store!!

But now that I know better, it’s good to know that I could also pop this film into my 600 camera without having to physically tweak anything. As much as I get frustrated by dry film packs and think about the money I just lost on said pack, I am loving the Polaroid experience. When it comes to The Impossible Project film I think it is contradicting to say I am dealing with instant photography as that is not the case at all (you usually want to let the film cook for at least 5-15 minutes depending on temperature before checking on your results.) but I salute their effort to keep Polaroid alive and I love the new recipes they keep tossing at us. I’m a fan for life ;)


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