I’m glad it’s fursuit friday. Because I’ve waited about seven days to release these photos on social media. Sometimes I hate releasing special things on a certain day. Because when I get the stuff done early, I’m like “I want to release it now.” Then I realized “Oh fursuit Friday is coming up it’s best to save these images on that day.” Then two days later “I’m like F**K I WANT TO RELEASE IT NOW!!!” Anyways Here are the pics. I hope you can enjoy them.
This is part of a continuation of the project retro daysz series. About a few weeks ago I contacted Kale the deer private message and asked him if he wanted to participate in a photography project. When I explain to him more of the project, he was interested. So for the project I had to use 3 cameras that take instant film and one camera that takes 35mm film. The 35mm one is a plastic camera but it’s made by company called “lomography.” People call them hipster cameras because they look like the kind of cameras that hipsters would use. The kind I bought was one of those SLR cameras.But it was called “Konstruktor” It’s really cool camera but the downside of it is you can’t adjust the shutter speed and aperture on it. So it’s one of those point-and-shoot cameras with the zoom-in lens. When I bought that camera I actually had a put together. Because it was one of those DIY kits. It was fun putting it together but putting the metal spring on the camera was the hardest part to do. But everything else is just fine. It was like putting together an IKEA furniture.
After putting the camera together, I loaded up the camera with 35mm film from Kodak. I’m surprise that Kodak is still around after all these years. So I went around my neighborhood taking a couple photos with the Konstruktor camera. I also use that camera to take a few pics of Kale the deer as well. Which explain more about it in this blog. After taking a couple photos in my neighborhood I decided to put the camera away and use it for the photo shoot of me and Kale. After two weeks later Kale showed up at my front door. So I took him to the back garage and showed them the studio set up for our project. I told them “For this project will be using four cameras. Three of them take instant film the other takes 35mm of film.” So we went back into the house and put on our fursuits and head on over to the garage. The first camera I used was a Polaroid SX-70. It’s the camera I use in my Polaroid photos. I have a unique story behind the camera but I’ll tell you guys about it another time. Is my first time using the “impossible flash bar by mint” on the camera. Because those kind of cameras originally used bright light bulbs. So I took photos of kale in the garage with the brick background. My photos didn’t turn out well in the garage. Because the lighting in there was too dark and Kales fursuit blend in with the darkness. So I picked up the other cameras took a few photos of kale in the garage. Again some of the photos didn’t turn out well. So I decided to move on to plan B and took the pics outside. After taking a couple of photos of Kale outside with four different cameras. The photos actually turned out well. Then I had to ask my mom to help take photos of me and Kale with the 3 camera that take instant film. So far we got a few good photos of Kale and I with those cameras. After that, we wrap things up and call it a day.Kale and I went back into the house and I showed him all the photos that we took from the project. Kale told me he had so much fun working on this project. Working on photography projects with others is actually fun. It’s one of those projects we take your time on it but it’s fun. I also teach Kale a couple cool things about Polaroid cameras as well. After that project I think he wanted to get a Polaroid camera on his own.
Project Retro days help get my mind off stuff. I was going through some stress times because of real life stuff and my YouTube channel as well. But this project help get my mind off the stressful stuff. But it felt wonderful to re-live the moment of shooting instant films on Polaroid cameras. My previous post about the Polaroid land camera earned a lot of attention on here. Furries loved it. They even asked me questions about the Polaroid camera. I was actually happy to answer those questions. But it was also an interesting experience for using those kind of cameras for the first time. Plus it was my first time using FP-100c instant film. They work differently compared to your standard 600 model instant films.
I will still continue to work on project retro days this year and next year as well. If you guys have any questions about the project or just Polaroid cameras in general, feel free to leave any comments below. Thank you all so much for being this blog and have a wonderful day.
If you guys are in the pic, Or if you want to download the HD version of these pics. They’re all Available on Flicker. Here’s the link. All these are images from MFF 2017. The images were taken on a Fujifilm instax wide 300 film & Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Instant Color Film.
Something about photography is a relaxing and enjoyable Hobby to do on your off time. It’s really fun to do this kind of stuff because you learn more about the Art of Photography. But it’s also a fun project to do when your bored.
So for the past 2 months now, I’ve been doing a ton of research on Polaroid cameras. Cuz I’m getting back into photography. So I thought it would be fun to do some traditional photography work and Polaroid photography work as well. It was my first time taking photos with the Polaroid Land Camera, Cuz normally I take photos with my Polaroid SX-70 camera or one of those simple point-and-shoot Polaroid one-step cameras.
(You can skip this whole paragraph and go to the next one if you want to. It just explains about the problems I went through to get the battery holder on to this camera)
Before I took any photos on the Polaroid Land camera I had to fix the battery pack first because the camera wouldn’t work without the battery. So about a week ago I had to go on Amazon to order a battery holder. Three days later, it finally arrived at my mailbox. Then After a few days later I head on over to the retro gaming store in my local area to see if solder of the battery holder onto the camera. Because the old battery holder in the cameras was out was date and it fell apart over time. By the time I arrived at the shop the repairman wasn’t there. So I asked employee if the repairman is in the shop today. The employee reply with “Unfortunately he’s not here at the moment, But catch him here around 5pm. He’ll be in the store by then.” I replied with “Ok, I’ll be here by 5pm.” After a couple hours later my buddy drove me back to the shop and the repair guy was finally there. So I had asked the repair guy if he can solder the battery pack onto the camera. As he looked at my camera he seemed a bit confused. He felt like he couldn’t solder of the battery on to my camera. So he told me that he couldn’t do it but his other buddy can. I asked him what time are day I can meet his buddy on. But he replied with “I don’t know but I think on Wednesday or Fridays around this time?" In my mind I was like "what the f**k?!?! I wanna to get this done." So I lied to the guy and told them I’ll be back on Wednesday. So my buddy and I went to a hamburger place to get something to eat and I looked up on my phone to find some electronic shop available around 5-9pm. The only places in my hometown that does electronic repairs are the cell phone shops in my area.I had no choice but to contact them. But on Yelp the are rated five stars.” So their service can’t be bad. So I contacted the repairman from that shop and ask them if they can solder the battery holder onto the camera. At first they’re confused about it but I had to explain full detail about what I want them to do and they finally understood. And they we’re like “Yeah man, Bring the camera to our shop, Will take care of that." By the time I arrived at the shop, I gave them the camera and they looked at it. The repair guy seemed very confused about it and he was not sure it was impossible to solder the battery pack onto the camera. I told them it is possible to do that stuff because I saw videos about it on YouTube and he was like "okay, Yeah I’ll work on it tomorrow." He finally saw solder the battery holder onto the camera. So I paid him cash and head on over to the next door to buy the batteries for the camera. So I put the batteries in the camera and the camera actually worked. At that moment I was shocked but very happy that it worked.
On Saturday Aug, 5th 2017 around 12pm. I tested my Polaroid Land Camera again to make sure it works properly. I had to clean the rollers on the camera to make sure it doesn’t leave any residue on the images. So I asked my mom if she can take fursuit pictures of me outside with the Polaroid Land Camera. She was cool taking pictures of me. So we went outside and I had to give her a very important instructions on how to operate the camera. Then she took the first pic of me with that camera. After waiting 120 seconds later. The image looks really dark. The image didn’t turn out well because it was too dark and I put the settings on 150 film speed. So I made some adjustments in the camera and I asked my mom to retake a photo of me again. The second image turned out dark. So I had to go online and do some research to figure out what film speed I should put the camera at. Then I had to make some adjustments on the camera setting again. But this time I set the film speed to 75. Then my mom took photo of me again but this time the photo turned out perfect. When I looked at the photo I was like "oh my God this is beautiful." I put all the photos and negatives onto a cardboard box for about 1 hour. Because I want the film to dry up.
In all honestly it was really fun taking photos on a Polaroid Land Camera. Because the quality of the image look clear and beautiful compared to your standard One Step Polaroid camera. But what’s really interesting about a Polaroid Land Camera is, it’s one of those manual cameras. Basically it’s not like one of your simple automatic point-and-shoot cameras. It’s one of those cameras that you have to adjust the exposure and focus. So it’s manual. The focus image feature on the camera is so weird because you got double vision and you gotta line them up together to get a good image. You can do this from adjusting the camera switch or just stepping back.
Was it totally worth it? Well the camera cost $20 The instant film cost. $26.21 the battery holder cost $7.09 Cuz I got 6 of them for emergency reasons. Getting the battery soldered onto the camera cost $30 at the repair shop. For the grand total of all this put together cost $83.03 Not bad but it still expensive. It was fun taking pictures with that camera. But it really sucks that Fujifilm stop producing FP-100C instant Color Films in production. Because in today’s society people are more for the digital stuff now. Which sucks because it ruins the hobby of those who enjoy Polaroid photography or traditional Photography in general. We live at a time where people want to get stuff done quickly and easily. We’re always in a hurry and want to get things done. When in reality they should slow down take their time and enjoy things we love. A lot of people don’t realize this but there’s a lot of meaning behind art and photography or any enjoyable hobby that you put so much time into. But I love to slow down, take my time and work on these projects just for fun.