Our last video about the Polaroid SX-70 ran a little long, because of this one of the filmed segments became its own video. Join us as Nate goes over the (sometimes slight) differences between Polaroid SX-70 cameras in this quick segment.
The Polaroid SX-70 is one of the most iconic cameras of all time. From it’s unique folding design, to the stunning quality of images that it takes, the SX-70 set the standard for all instant film cameras to come. Even today fans of Fuji Instax instant integral film are clamoring for a more professional level camera that rivals what Polaroid produced over 40 years ago.
In the most recent episode of Pdexposures, Nate goes over some of the basics of the Polaroid SX-70 including operation, information, and even a little speculation. Be sure to subscribe to the Pdexposures YouTube channel as well!
It’s been a long time coming, and possibly one of the most requested things we do again at Pdexposures; videos. Over the years we have evolved a lot, from simple laptop based webcams, to higher quality webcams, to full production camera reviews out in the field. There is still so much we want to explore with visual mediums including a top secret project we have started planning and hope to bring to you this summer.
In the meantime, we will be going back to our more traditional format of discussing various cameras, films, and odd tidbits of information in front of a camera. Not only will it be my mug talking to you, but you’ll also see other Pdexposures Podcast hosts give their take on film photography as well!
Thank you again to all who have supported us over the years, we look forward to giving you more content in 2015!
We have received an email circulating around today that Kodak Alaris has discontinued the 220 lines of Portra film lines and that the current stock of film will still be available for purchase for the next six months. 220 film is a medium format film introduced in the 1960’s offering the same size frame as 120 film, with twice the length effectively doubling the number of exposures available for the photographer to shoot with.
This discontinuation will not effect the 120 film which will continue to be manufactured.
You can read the letter below. We have blocked out personal details about the sender.
Kodak Professional Portra film is a family of Daylight balanced film that has seen many recent upgrades over the past few years to improve its grain quality and scanning performance.
We have reached out to Kodak for comment, but as of publishing have not heard back.
Do you shoot with 220 film? What do you think of Kodak Alaris killing off the 220 Portra line?
It’s our last podcast of the year, and as we face down the epic array of Christmas parties, egg nog, turkey and mince pies we’re going to have to get through to make it to 2015, we decided we needed a break – an audio-visual distraction. We’re guessing you’ll probably need one too. After all, this is a time of family get-togethers, food comas and repeats on television, so what do you do when no one in the house can bring themselves to move?
That’s right, you put on a DVD.
So here, at long last, is the Pdexposures-approved list of photography-related documentaries. Some of these are on Netflix. Some are on Youtube. And some are available through Amazon Prime, meaning that you’ve still got time to buy them for Nate if you haven’t got him a Christmas present yet (hint hint). Either way, these should tide you through this bleak winter period and help you hold it together until we return in 2015 with another year of film photography rambling.
Beginning in 2015 Creed O’Hanlon will become Executive Chairman of Impossible’s management board, making twenty-five year old Oskar Smolokowski his successor for Chief Executive Officer. Currently Smolokowski is Managing Director of Impossible Camera.
Oskar Joined the company to assist founder Florian Kaps and has headed the camera design and development teams. Notably he is behind the development of Impossible’s mobile apps and he oversaw production on the Instant Lab.
Creed O’Hanlon has worked closely with Oskar since 2013 after he replaced Florian Kaps as the CEO. This has led to a complete change in the companies structure and all of the shakeups over the last year. This was discussed at length with a rant by Nate in episode 40 of the Podcast.
Creed will still be involved with the continued future of Impossible Project taking over projects including sales, marketing and new film development.
The press release about the announcement made the following statement:
“From a very shakey, uncertain position in late 2012, Impossible is now on the road to long-term stability – and profit,” Creed said today. “We have improved our film, raised awareness of the brand, increased our sales – as well as production to meet those sales – and encouraged a much more positive, collaborative, and communicative culture within the company. Now it’s time for a new generation to begin to take over the company’s leadership. I am honoured to have been asked to guide that process as Impossible’s Executive Chairman.”
Also given in the press release is a tentative date of September, 2015 for the new Impossible Camera, a project that Oskar Smolokowski has been personally leading for the past year.
What do you think about these recent updates from Impossible?
One Twelve Publishing is perhaps best known for their annual Diffusion magazine with a goal to capture it in its purest forms, accurately reproduce it in print and online, and distribute it to the world. After publishing Diffusion for many years, they are now looking to move into a new realm of publishing: books – or as they prefer to call it, a Monograph. As a Portland based company, it seems only fitting that they showcase the work of Jake Shivery for their first publication.
For those who are unaware, Jake Shivery is the owner and co-founder of Blue Moon Camera and Machine here in Portland, OR. Like most of us he uses his spare time to take images; I have actually been lucky enough to have had a few portraits taken by the master photographer with his 8×10 camera which is an experience in its own right.
The Kickstarter mentions that Jake Shivery’s body of work is an earnest, honest, and admiring catalog of the North Portland neighborhood where he lives and works. What starts out as a simple concept—the photographs of loved ones in a common setting—becomes something much grander: a beautiful and thoughtful collection of souls ready for viewing. Working with an 8×10 film camera and printing in contact sheet form, Jake’s tools and approach are less about capturing a moment as they are about capturing a mood and a life. His photographs are haunting, intimate, and layered with pieces of visual narration that together tell the story of both the subject and the artist.
Only 1,000 of the books will be produced, and pledges range from postcards and fiber prints to the book itself in standard or limited edition. For a $1,000 donation you can get your portrait taken by Jake along with a fiber print of the image. Perhaps more interestingly is how open One Twelve Publishing is regarding where their funds are going. As we have discussed on Pdexposures it can seem like a Kickstarter Project is asking for a number seemingly pulled from thin air. As the graph below shows every penny has been accounted for.
One Twelve Publishing is seeking $18,500 for publication funds and at the time of this writing (only a short time after the project has gone live) they have already eclipsed $3,000.
To learn more information and to back the Kickstarter project click here. For information on Jake’s photographs visit his website at www.jakeshivery.com.
To watch part one of a five part documentary on Jake and his portraiture check out this video as well:
David Lynch, as most modern directors is remaining very tight lipped about the new Twin peaks series coming to Showtime in 2016. Understandable as the internet is getting ever more greedy for insider information about plot lines and any information as we get closer to the 25th anniversary.
While we won’t be reporting on How Annie is at this time, we do have some exciting news to share.
So it’s not like we’re saying now: “Oh boy, we’re gonna really do some raunchy things.” We’re gonna do the same things, but in better quality. And film remains the best quality.
Earlier in the year Twin Peaks fansite Welcome To Twin Peaks reported that Lunch had recently “fallen back in love with film” (who could blame him?).
With more directors leaving the digital filmmaking process after experimenting with it for a few years we’re excited to see who next will make the switch.
In a world where law-abiding citizens are being stopped for engaging in a perfectly legal hobby, amateur photojournalists are being arrested and their equipment seized, and intellectual property is being stolen right, left and center, three people have come together to cobble together some sort of advice on how best to deal with the most common legal problems facing photographers in this modern age.
Also, along the way, thinly-veiled accusational allusions are made, another popular Sci-Fi series was butchered and one man got to enjoy writing phrases like “accusational allusions”.
Music – if you can call it that – comes from Tony’s co-host on the neglected Freestyle Podcast, Bob Loftin. Enjoy the noise if you can.
(Legal disclaimer: Everyone involved in this podcast is an idiot and should not be cited in any legal dispute.)