Tag: Negative scan

Project 6-3-1 Update

Today’s image is from my 6-3-1 project. I had a shoot yesterday with rapper/Hip Hop artist Saint Vybz.He’s busy recording an album, which is being produced by my friend Stevie Z. I used my Mamiya Universal Press camera, 127mm f4.7 lens with red 25A filter, on Fuji FP3000B instant film. This is a scan of the negative.  I thought the grit suited the mood we were going for.

Hip Hop Negative Scan

In the Moment

I had a lot of fun (except for balky flash triggers!) yesterday in a photo shoot with Kira Hall, a talented Toronto actress. She did an amazing job with hair, make-up and wardrobe, and as an actress, she was able to provide great expressions!

Kira - Instant Negative Scan 1

Hybrid Approach

Here is one more image from Michigan: I found I had three more instant film negatives to scan, and I decided to do some extensive post-processing on this one, adding some glow and toning. I love being able to mix the best of old and new photographic technologies together!


One Last Image from Michigan

Here is one final image from my shoot last week in Michigan. The original image was a instant film exposure text image taken inside the log cabin before the model arrived. I thought the negative scan of this image suited the textures and the rustic look of setting.

Interior of Log Cabin, Troy, Michigan


Today’s image is from an amazing photo shoot from earlier today, of model Sarah D. In additional to being a very talented model, horseback rider and dressage instructor (and roller derby player!), Sarah has Cystic Fibrosis and recently received a double lung transplant. She is a very strong and powerful woman, and has incorporated what she has been through (and continues to deal with) into what she is, rather than being dominated or defined by it. I can’t help but ve very impressed by that kind of strength.

This image is a Fuji FP3000B instant film negative scan. I also shot some medium format film, so there will be at least one more post on this topic and remarkable model.

Sarah Polaroid032

Rough Around the Edges

Today’s image is of model Emily Decoteau, wearing an amazing costume she made herself, “reverse-engineered” from an illustration she found. The title “Rough Around the Edges” does not apply to her amazing costume work! I am referring to the process used for this image; the original was taken using a Polaroid Land camera model 455, and the negative was allowed to dry, then scanned. (I also added some toning, along with brightness and contrast in post).  I like the fact the the edges are messy, and that bits and pieces of the paper film pack are still visible; to me, that says this image is real and tangible, you can hold it in your hands, knowing it was a witness to the moment.

Emily - Instant Negative Scan

People and Polaroids

Instant Photography is all about people. The experience of sharing the print (as a tangible object) so soon after the image was taken adds a unique flavour to a photographic interaction, and this was quite evident of a photo shoot I had last evening with my good friend Jo-Anne.  We shoot a lot of Polaroids, and she enjoyed being able to see them, and I believe she was energized in her posing by seeing how well her poses and looks worked. This image is another negative scan (where the negative peel-away portion of the print is saved, allowed to dry then scanned, and inverted back into a positive). I love the grain and the vintage look I get from these negative scans, and Jo-Anne’s look suited the technique perfectly.


Hacking the Process

Today’s image is a scan of the negative from one of the Polaroids I took at my “Old Friends” shoot this past Sunday. Originally meant to just be thrown away, if these negatives are carefully allowed to dry, they can be scanned and inverted (negative -> positive). The results have a character all their own!

I like processes and materials that can be extended and altered in ways the original manufacturer never dreamed of, and film photography is perfect for this, in  a way that digital never could be.