This spooky ferris wheel brought to you by instant photography at the Seattle waterfront

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Not long after we moved to Seattle I took a day to wander around downtown and the waterfront to snap some instant photos. I had some black and white Impossible film with me and the results were some pretty fun and spooky shots. This one of the ferris wheel is one of my favorites.

a man in a hula skirt dancing with a dog at a tiki bbq

a man in a hula skirt dancing with a dog at a tiki bbq
Dogs make terrific dance partners

Here’s another shot from the tiki bbq we went to as a going away party for some friends. This shot is a great example of being in the right place at the right time. A friend began dancing with his dog after putting on a hula skirt and coconut shells right in front of me. I had my camera in my hands and out of reflex I snapped the shot. It was truly meant to be.

Instant photography at Magnuson Park, Seattle

Right after Cassidy and I moved here to Seattle we took a bus ride up to Magnuson Park on a sunny September weekend. I remember it being really hot because I wore a hoodie the whole time. I wanted to use my Polaroid camera with Impossible film in it and at the time Impossible film was still very sensitive to sunlight, especially right as it came out of the cartridge. The best defense against this was to install a frog tongue on your camera to act as s shield for when the film first comes out. Or as I found out, one could also snap the photo and then quickly sneak the camera inside a jacket and let the film eject in darkness there. I went with the latter approach, but this meant wearing a hoodie when it is in the low 70s (Fahrenheit) outside. I got a little sweaty, but we still had a fun time walking around the park and exploring as much as we could.

Random coffee shop is black and white

This coffee shop is a place in Seattle.
This coffee shop is a place in Seattle.

I was shooting with my Polaroid One Step camera today. I had a pack of Impossible Project’s Black & White 2.0 film in it. This particular picture was taken with similar film, but not today. I haven’t gotten around to scanning the pictures i took today, but wanted to share something after having black and white photos on my mind today, especially of the instant variety. I have been really pleased with the results of Impossible’s newest version of their black and white film. The contrast is awesome and the detail of the images can be stunning. The images develop also develop much faster, but my favorite feature has to be that it is no longer required to shield the images from the sun as they come out of the camera. With the previous version you had to have a frog tongue installed to cover the photos as they left your camera. Or, as I did, you had to get really good at shooting the photo and then swiftly getting the camera into your jacket to let it eject the picture in relative darkness. Then you awkwardly place the photo into the box your cartridge came in to let it develop away from sunlight.

Today, I was able to shoot the pictures I wanted without need of enacting my cat-like reflexes to get the camera under my coat in less than two seconds. Which will be great next summer to shoot without wearing a hoodie. Things can get a little sweaty when you’ve got a black hoodie on in ninety degrees.

This shot was taken this past summer when I was walking in no particular direction over to meet Cassidy at a friend’s house. I came across this coffee shop and snapped this shot as I walked by it. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to remember the name of the place or the street this was on. I wasn’t exactly paying attention to where I was going and due to the analog nature of the photo I don’t have location data to fall back on.

Oh well, once I get the pictures I took today scanned I will be sure to post some. Until then, please to enjoy!