In this post I wrote about the amazing Polaroid SX-70. While I have carried the SX-70 with me quite a bit in the past couple of weeks, it was only recently that I managed to do a few test shots with it and I thought I would just share the results here.
Test Shot #01
In Test Shot #01 above I was shooting straight into the sun and just focused on the fence. I was interested to see how the camera would handle the exposure (I made no exposure corrections with the ‘Lighten/Darken’ control). It resulted in an image with flare and some of that slightly nostalgic Polaroid colour.
Test Shot #02
In Test Shot #02 I was on my way home from a walk with the family when there was an amazing sunset at the end of one of the local streets. The sun was sitting behind a soft layer of cloud which resulted in a beautiful glow and also enabled you to look straight at the sun without damaging your eyes (always be very careful looking straight at the sun and never do so through the viewfinder of your camera). Of course there is no zoom on the Polaroid SX-70, so the big fireball of a sun that we could so clearly see with our eyes became a small dot on the horizon in the image. However it still cast its glow throughout the picture and the final exposure transformed all other elements into a silhouette.
Test Shot #03
Test Shot #03 was shot near home too and here I was mostly interested to see how the red and blue colours would come out. I was somewhat surprised about the flare or light leak in the top of the image as I wasn’t really shooting into the sun even though I was shooting up into the sky. The sun was slightly behind me and to the left, but obviously it must have been near enough to cause the flare or light leak. This might also have affected the colour of the sky which is different from left to right. However it is of course this unpredictability which is a large part of the charm shooting with the Polaroid SX-70.
All of the images above were shot on the Polaroid 600 film.
If you’re interested in the Polaroid SX-70 I might be putting one up for sale on Ebay soon. I have two of the SX-70s as I placed multiple bids on Ebay on different cameras and ended up winning two of them. One of them came to me from the USA and the other one I found locally here in Australia. Both of the cameras are in very good condition, but I will still be test shooting with both of them and make sure they both function as they should. Therefore it might also be another couple of weeks before I make of them available for sale.
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