Theme Post: Southern California

Hello instant photographers. Today we have a themed post by Francisco Chavira, one of Snap It See it Co-Founders. He recently traveled to Southern California for a family session. Of course like any photographer that travels out of the city for work, he stayed a few extra days with some friends and shot some instant film.  Today’s themed post will brighten your day and warm you up a bit, with sunny So Cal weather and some travel themed Polaroids.

Oh man, Southern California what a place. I have lived in Central California for many years now and have never really traveled past San Francisco. I have been deprived to say the least. Southern California is exactly what you imagine. Sun, amazing beaches, surfers, leisure and palm trees, you name it, it’s beautiful. Shooting a family session was so amazing and hanging out with said family was even better. We went around town enjoying the amazing weather and So Cal scenery. What was even cooler was learning a little more about shooting instant film. There is always something new to learn.

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

One of the coolest things was shooting fp-3000b via my Land Camera 100. I shot indoors and outside. I shot a few Polaroids indoors and when it came to shadow detail/dark areas, the fp-3000b rules as king. As you can see in the images the negative once dried held way more detail than the actual print. That was something I had never really paid attention to. The way I did this was by inverting my iPhone’s screen and loading the camera app. I held it over the drying negative. I thought a few shots where ruined because the print was not that amazing, but when I saw the negative. Boom clear as day there was all the detail the print was missing. Of course the print is so much cleaner, store-able and share-able  But in those times when the print is a little disappointing check the negative. You may see whole other image.

 

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp100c Land Camera 100

fp100c Land Camera 100

 

Can I also mention how much fp-100c loves light? Yeah, well shooting mid day direct light is pure greatness. The images are so sharp, bright and colorful. As you can see in the above image. Something crazy happened with my camera that I am still trying to figure out. Some sort of dust on the film or lens made for some interesting effects that are not predictable and very cool looking.

 

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

 

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

fp3000b Land Camera 100

 

 

I also shot with my SX70 and Impossible Projects PX680 Color Protection film  In warm weather like that, it is even easier to shoot then normal. Man that film is so sharp and the colors always blow me away. The SX-70 is the ultimate travel companion. It is beyond portable, amazing optics and just pure fun. Way easier to shoot then my land camera with out a doubt.

PX680 Color Protection SX70

PX680 Color Protection SX70

PX680 Color Protection SX70

PX680 Color Protection SX70

 

Something worth mentioning ,don’t let your fp-3000b pass through x ray machines at the airport. TSA had no problem hand checking it { along with my 60 rolls of roll film }. Be polite and courteous and you are set. Don’t run the risk of X-raying some film. It makes me so sad to hear that people have ruined film. I have heard 1 or 2 passes is fine. But i would certainly not risk it. All in all. Shooting instant film is just pure joy while out and about. I love it and my friends enjoyed seeing the results as well.

fp100c Land Camera 100

fp100c Land Camera 100

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