So I started messing around with Polaroid Type 55 this week. T-55 is a Polaroid sheet film that yields both a print and a negative from the same exposure. Pretty cool stuff. The negs themselves seem pretty poppy. And the chemistry for processing the negs is minimal – just water and sodium sulfite. I could see this being a great tool for shooting strangers and such, since I can give them a print of what I shoot, and keep the neg.
The only hassle is that the film is SLOOOWWW. I’ve been rating it at ISO 32. Don’t think I’ve ever actually shot a film that slow. Never done tech pan, and Velvia is only a close second. That means that, wide open at f/5.6, exposures were still like 1/4 sec.
Which is cool. Didn’t expect that to be a plus, but my favorite of several sheets Chenin let me shoot of her is the one with a little motion blur. Go figure.
Anyway – a couple frames that I managed to make Chenin sit through in between commercials:
BTW – that funny border around the photos is basically the leftovers from where the print peels off from the neg. Each frame is similar but unique as a result of that process. Pretty neat.