I am ‘roid-ed up!

with Pola-roids, that is!

Pola01A friend of mine picked up this fun little Land Camera at our favorite local thrift shop and loaned it to me to play with.Pola02You can still get affordable, non-Impossible film for this little guy at almost any camera shop that is still in existence, or online. This is the kind of film that you have to pull the tab out of the camera, wait an amount of time based on ambient temperature, then pull the photo away from the caustic negative.

Pola03Unlike the last Polaroid camera I was playing with, this camera does not have a battery included in the film pack.  It takes its own set of AA batteries inside the plastic “bellows” area of the camera body, and the shutter will not work without them.

Pola04The old ones look like they’ve been there for quite a while so I took them out, cleaned the corrosion away from the shutter and loaded new batteries.

Pola05Waow!  This vintage camera came with vintage batteries!  I’m not sure I have ever seen an Eveready battery that looked like these!  A quick internet searched dates these to the 1970s, so perhaps these batteries were loaded into the camera when they were all new, then grew old and cruddy together over the next 35 years.

Well, anyway, I put in fresh batteries, loaded my film and headed down to the Farmers Market for some yummy summer veggies.  Let me preface the results by telling you that these are all Droid-camera copies of the original Fuji/Polaroids, so there is some color shift, contrast inaccuracies, and you’ll see some reflections on the glossy surface of the photos.  In most cases, I gave my Polaroid to the market vendor in exchange for them letting me bother them with my goofy experiment.

Pola06I was pleasantly surprised with my first exposure.  I wasn’t sure I’d get an image at all, but if I did, I thought the shadow areas might block up.  The color is a bit cool, but generally I like the image. The “focus” was set to about 5′, and I like how the background gently drops out of focus.

Pola07Then, exposure number 2 is a bit of a disaster.  It’s too dark and there’s motion blur.  I still like the image though, because it has that Polaroidness that you would never get from a camera phone nowadays.  Also keep in mind that you’re still going to have to wait 75 seconds for your instant gratification with these little gems.








The little dial to the right of the lens was either telling me that “if it’s light out and you want your picture darker, turn counter clockwise” OR “if it’s dark out and you want your picture lighter, turn counter clockwise.”

I took a stab in the dark (pun intended) tried to think like a consumer instead of a photographer, and tried the second version.

Pola10It worked!  The second photo was much lighter…maybe a bit too light. This is the shot I gave to the nice veggie vendor.  I bought some okra (mmm, slimey) from him.

Pola11This guy had the most delicious corn I ever tasted.  You could eat it raw off the cob and it was still tender and sweet.  The motion of his arm reaching for an ear gives you an idea of the shutter speed I was working with this whole time.  It sounded like about 1/15th, if not slower.

In case you’re wondering, on the dinner menu tonight, along with the okra and corn will be crab legs and baked cucumber from our own garden. Ain’t summer just the best?

So that’s it for this post.  There’s an art show next weekend.  Maybe I can get my friend who gave me this Polaroid to finish out the pack, I’ll load my older Polaroid, which I have personally owned since before I was born (how’d I do that?) with b/w, and we’ll hit the streets again.

Stop back in, won’t you?


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