A few weeks ago, I packed up my gear and headed off to an over- Night photography workshop on Bannerman Island. Matt Hill & Gabe Biderman are two awesome people, who happen to love photography, the night sky, and teaching/ sharing their knowledge and skills with others.
I've known Matt and Gabe for a while now, but I was happy to catch up with them since I hadn't seen them in quite some time.
Instead of making my life easy, and shooting either with a digital camera, or at the very least a film camera, I decided to "restrain myself."
By restraining, I decided to Only bring Instant film.
This post isn't filled with blank sheets of wasted film (Thankfully)
Thom Johnson took us over to the Island. His knowledge of the Island was expansive, and he shared a lot with our group. I will not try and reiterate what he mentioned.... basically, this Island is super interesting and has a few walls left of this giant castle that once stood on the Island. Frank Bannerman was the man behind the Army Navy Store.
When I shoot in groups, I always tend to feel a bit of an oddball/ self-conscious. Traditionally, I'm around photographers who are shooting with a digital camera and are figuring out precise calculations to get a perfect image.
The New55 Film I recieved just in the nick of time, and I was really excited to use some of their film at night.
I've been testing their film at night basically since I've first got my hands on the stuff. The latest iteration film itself has minimal reciprocity failure. I'd chalk it up to ~2 stops difference. Than what my digital camera light meter readings told me.
The 669 material quickly showed its weakness. Although during the daylight, the film was working pretty decently, yet at night, the reciprocity failure was too much, it gave me these blocky tones. At the time, I decided to quit while I was ahead, but now that I'm editing them, I like what they're doing creating negative space with the blackness.
One of the most surprising things of the evening was shooting with my newly upgraded/ restored SX-70. Matt over at 2ndShot restored an sx70 I found in Seoul last year.
Previously anything shot with Impossible film was crap. Unadulterated poop. This trip has made me change my tune.
I've always taken the New55 Film PN as two things, kind of like fraternal twins. The positive and negative have similarities, but arent the same. The negative is a tradional negative, but the positive is closer to an alt pro palladium print than a silver print like you'd normally see.
The Negative and The Positive. The negative clearly gets more information, but the negative takes on a different charactaristic. The tones change things.