Another instant photo taken with the Instax Wide 300. More monochrome film (why don’t they just say “black and white”?). No flash, and no flash cover. Instead I judiciously placed the center of the lens – there is a circle you can use to set up your image – on the bright left corner of the couch. Here it is, straight from the camera’s whatever. This one I like.
It has been absolutely perfect weather around here – 72F, clear skies, and just spring-moving-into-summer!
On a day like this, it is silly not to pick up your butt, pick up your camera, and get out of the house. Today I loaded up the Instax Wide 300, and meandered through the neighboring college campus.
It is deserted. Consequently, as with elsewhere, wildlife is taking over.
Birds, squirrels, crows, rattle snakes, bunnies, and even coyotes. Crows were everywhere.
The wilder parts of the campus are overgrown with mustard and fennel.
It was great to feel a bit lost in the wild, but I also kept a sharp eye out for rattlers – not something you want to run into.
Tomorrow I think I’ll head out to the local creek.
I have been craving a film fix. Yeah, I can go out with a film camera loaded with film – but nowhere nearby is currently processing film! I’ve determined the next Big Project is to master black and white processing at home – really getting it down – and then perhaps some color. Maybe even slide. So, to fill that craving, I dug out my box of Instax cameras (Mini 90 and Wide 300). The Mini was loaded, so I took a few using it.
Just outside the door to the Dog Free Zone – wine red dahlias and some bulb I cannot remember …
Shadows of the picnic table in the late afternoon.
Vining petunias in a lovely pink.
And finally, as the daylight fades, the banana and lemons on the granite countertop.
I think I finally figured out how to do a “decent” instax . . . no flash, darken picture, and hold very, very still. Finally, something a bit sharper than I have been producing.
Scanned on CanoScan Lide 600 with Vuescan.
The Instax 90 Mini is definitely not a “professional” camera, but it sure is fun! It seems funny to scan an image on a flat bed scanner, enlarge and edit it for a digital presence, but the fact that it is film and immediate in a different way is a kick. I like the soft, slightly muddy images it produces – an effect that is not really possible with digital in quite the same way. I will need to learn the quirks of this little camera, but already I am composing better images and getting a grip on the better distances for good focus. More to come!