Lance Creek, HDR

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Lance Creek, Chattahoochee National Forest, on Thanksgiving Day. Temperature in the high 60s, and lots of vegetation has died off, giving easier access to view spots on the creek.

This HDR was created by layering and blending two exposures, with the SketchBook app on my iPad2.

I made minor adjustments afterwards in Lightroom.

Polaroid emulsion

Light and my skin reflecting off the surface of an all-black Polaroid.

I call these photos Polaroid self-portraits.

Before my father died, he gave me the family camera – the first camera I ever used. It’s a Polaroid 360 Land Camera, bought in 1969, when I was 10 years old.

The flash unit had quit years before, but Dad was pretty sure the camera still worked. I bought a couple packs of Fuji film for the Polaroid – and then the whole project sat in my closet for almost four years.

 

Last week, inspired by some experimental photos that I saw online, I decided to dig out the camera. Loading it and getting the film to pull out without jamming took me awhile. Then the first six photos I took with the color film were solid black. I finally figured out how to change the battery controlling the electric eye, and got a few shots. Nothing worth posting here, yet.

But, in trying to remember what it is that makes Polaroids special, I studied the film emulsion on those all-black shots.

Light and my skin reflecting off the surface of an all-black Polaroid.

Light and my skin reflecting off the surface of an all-black Polaroid.

As I began to turn and fold the print, bent light caught my skin tones, the camera body, the overhead lamp … and creased them into abstract shapes.

I got out my Pentax K10D and started shooting.