Today I got a gift from the photographer I helped the other day. It was his last box of Polaroid 809 film and his filmholder and developer.
I am sitting here with the box in my hand and I am wondering what to shoot with it. 15 shots. 15 moments in time. What to do.
There is always the solution to sell it and use the money to fund the last 3 years of medical school
Usually I have a lot of good projects that I could use this film for, but none come to mind at the moment.
Yesterday I had the oppertunity to work with a photografer, taking portraits. We shoot all the portraits on 8x10" polaroid and did transfers to cotton with them. It is always fun to work with Polaroids, but as we all know it will soon be over. This morning I checked with all the pro photo shops here in Denmark and all have sold out of 8x10" Polaroid film and the distributor can not get any more. Now I will have to look around on the internet to see if there are any left somewhere. But
How exciting! Someone saw my panorimics online and invited me to participate in a group show!
Theme of show:Suitcases.
Creative juices apparently haven't all dried up (as I have currently been fearing). Ideas are smashing in.
The previous weekend, I did a little wet-plate demo for some interested folks at Artomatic, the big exhibit at which I've got some work hanging. Well, one of the students at my demo went back to tell his college instructor about my demo, and now I've got an invite to repeat it for the college class at Northern Virginia Community College. I might also be teaching/demo-ing platinum/palladium for them. This is really great, as it helps to redeem some of the sting from getting rejected from grad schools
How much is grain per detail (and tonal smoothness) a function of format size?
First, the film grain per area is a constant of format size. This is important.
We can estimate grain increase per one stop increase in required film sensitivity as ~2x. In other words, if you shoot a film at ISO 200 then there will be ~2x more grain per detail than the same shot at ISO 100.
Obviously this is a very rough approximation and a rather pessimistic one at that.