Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shooting Polypan F BW Film

A listener of the Film Photography Podcast sent me some home-rolled rolls of a film called Poly Pan F.

It's smooth, dreamy tones are a bit different than anything I've shot recently on BW film.

What is it? Where'd it come from?? Check out Blia100's blog -

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below: more shots on Poly Pan F!  (Canon T60 35mm slr camera)

Canon T60 / Polypan F BW Film
Polaroids shot on Polypan F
Canon T60 / Polypan F BW Film

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FPP Film Giveaways 2012!

Fresh Kodak film arrived this morning from Eastman Kodak! The film will be given away to Film Photography Podcast (FPP) listeners attending the Saturday, October 27, 2012 PDN Photo Expo in NYC. ( )

Can't attend? No worries, FPP will be doing an on-line giveaway this fall!

Thanks to the kind folks at Kodak!

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Below: Images shot on Kodak's new Portra 160 and Portra 400 / Images: Michael Raso. All Rights Reserved.

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Yashica Shot!
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kodak Photokina 2012!

PhotoKina 2012
Photo © Viviane Li 2012 (used with permission)

Film Photography Podcast / Episode 68 – October 15, 2012
The internet radio show for people who love to shoot film! Special report from PhotoKina 2012! FPP correspondent Viviane Li interviews Kodak! Fuji! Impossible Project! Lomography! And more!

“The Photokina is the world's largest trade fair for the photographic and imaging industries. The first Photokina was held in Cologne, Germany, in 1950, and it is now held biennially in September at the koelnmesse Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre.”

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cult Camera - Canon QL17 Rangefinder

It ain't called cult for nuthin'!

"The EE (Electric Eye) feature and viewfinder were made as small as possible and the internal construction was completely different from the original Canonet, making the QL17 a totally new model. However, it had a strong Canonet-like appearance. The "QL" stood for "Quick Loading," a feature which made film loading quick and easy. At first, "Quick Loading" was inscribed below the Canon logo. It was later replaced by "QL."

Jersey Diner

With its FAST f1.7 lens, the QL17 is the perfect camera for night photography. Load it up with fast film or switch the camera into manual mode and shoot the night away! 

above: Classic Jersey Diner! The Monarch on Rte 23S in Wayne, NJ. Below: Frank's Pizza in Pomton Lakes, NJ

Frank's at Night
"The classic little rangefinder that punches above its weight. In the 1970′s the Canonet became a household name, with over a million units sold. So let’s have a look and see why this camera became one of the best selling fixed lens rangefinders ever made."

"Originally sold in 1965 the QL stands for "Quick Loading" -- you don't have to wind the film around the take up spool, it's very similar to today's "drop and load" cameras. You put the film in, close the back and wind away. "

"The Canonet QL17 (new) represents the prized and popular side of the sought-after compact rangefinders; to be sure, its 1972 successor, the oft-touted GIII version is often mentioned in the same breath as the Konica S3, Minolta 7sII, Olympus 35SP, and the Rollei 35*. "

"Batch Fried" Film
above: FPP / Metropolis Music Guy Mark Dalzell with his QL17.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Film Photography on the Streets on New York!

Kevin Neblung of The Pink Delicates holds an Aluminum print of the FPP Group from the Spring NYC 2012 meet-up!

The FPP (Film Photography Podcast - ) is a global internet radio show for and about people who love and shoot film. The New York meet-up was an opportunity for listeners to meet the show hosts and spend a day shooting film!

below - Video from the event:

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Aluminum print by The Darkroom ( )

Top Image by Michael Raso
Olympus 35RC 35mm camera / Polypan F BW film

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Forgotten Dreams

I Purchased a 1951 Kodak Tourist II film camera that had an exposed roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan film in it. From the looks of the processed image, the film was sitting in the camera about 60 years.

the plot thickens...
below: More forgotten images I discovered in vintage cameras I've purchased over the past few years.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The View From The Top

American Hard Rubber Factory Mill Butler Center, Butler, NJ USA

The factory was built in 1868 and is the home of The Film Photography Podcast

GAF / Ansco 127 camera

2 September 2012,_New_Jersey

Image © Michael Raso

Above Image: GAF/Ansco 127 camera test
Homelife 200 35mm film (expired 05/2008)
Film rolled onto Paper-backed on 127 spool

Top Image: Olympus 35RC rangefinder camera
Kodak Tmax 100 pro (expired 07/2001)
Film processed in Caffenol / Epson v700 scan.

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Friday, August 31, 2012


It's 2012 and 110 film is back in a big way! So far three (count 'em, THREE) new films have been introduced!

Get some new, fresh 110 Film at The FPP Store!

Listen to The Film Photography Podcast / Episode 65 – September 1, 2012

The internet radio show for people who love to shoot film! Photographer Jim Austin Interview, 110 Film Explosion, Kodak News, 8x10 Polaroid, Camera Giveaways, lots more! Tune in to The Film Photography Podcast!

pictured: Mark Dalzell (holding Fukkatsu 110!) and John Fedele / image by Michael Raso
Kodak Ektralite 10 camera
image shot on Lomography Tiger 110 (200asa color film)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Buckaroo Jacob in the Analog Dimension!

Jacob is a junior photographer who loves to shoot with vintage cameras. He has his very own YouTube channel!

I shot Jacob's portrait at the Analog's Pulse Weekend , June 2012 in Cleveland Ohio
Shot with the The FPP Plastic Filmtastic 120 Debonair Camera
Kodak Verichrome Pan 120 roll film

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Film Photography Fail!

I purchased what I thought were light-proof black bags online in order to ship 4x5 sheet film for processing.

Surprise, surprise..I checked the black bag description..."These plastic bags are not light-tight by themselves." YIKES! Make sure your bags are light tight before sending exposed film to the processing lab!

Pictured: Dane of The Smoove Sailors (an American Improv Rock 'n Roll band)
May 2012 / Jersey City NJ USA rehearsal space

photo by Michael Raso
Graflex Crown Graphic press camera
Kodak Ektar 100 4x5 sheet film

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Monday, August 20, 2012

VHS - The Analog Revolution

VHS - The Analog Revolution by Michael Raso - Film Photography Podcast
VHS - The Analog Revolution, a photo by Michael Raso - Film Photography Podcast on Flickr.

This past July, the folks who run Artscape commissioned a tribute to VHS tape. Artscape - Baltimore, Maryland is one of the largest outdoor art festivals in the states.

Josh Schafer, publisher of the VHS tribute magazine “Lunchmeat” and Baltimore low-budget filmmaker Chris LaMartina (pictured above) were the curators of the VHS tribute which featured posters, VHS tapes and TVs galore (playing VHS programming)
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Photo by Michael Raso
Shot on the FPP Plastic Filmtastic 120 Debonair camera / Kodak Ektachrome 100

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Smoove Jazz

Via Flickr:
Alan Walker of The Smoove Sailors
"Tammy Loves a Parade"
1 May 2012
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Image © 2012 Michael Raso
Shot with the Polaroid Big Swinger 3000 camera / Fujifilm FP-3000b BW instant film

The Polaroid Big Swinger 3000 was the first rigid plastic bodied packfilm instant camera, released in 1968 and made in the US. It features a T-bar strap used to hold and swing the camera during transport. It is also used to grip the camera during the pull stage of film development. It was sold for $24.95
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Joe's Guitar

Kevin Neblung of The Pink Delicates playing unreleased track "JOE'S GUITAR." The Pink Delicates are the house band for The Film Photography Podcast. Their new album THESE SECRETS is out now! Check it out on The iTunes -

The Pink Delicates - Joe's Guitar by Film Photography Project

Image © 2012 Michael Raso
Shot with the Polaroid Spectra 1200ff camera / Impossible PZ 600 SIlver Shade (Old Generation)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

William Hellfire

William Hellfire is the man behind Severed Lips Recordings. SLR was a cassette label which operated out of a basement in Ringwood NJ from 1992-2000. Consisting mostly of 4 track cassette recordings produced by a handful of interchangeable people and bands. The recordings were intended to be psychedelic headphone theatre; fuzzy, heavy noise rock and soul. Featured acts were Gerbil Church, Disco Missile, Dynomite Cat, Mono Ovum, Alien Pornography, Mary's Song, The Starlets, Tyrannosaurus Dracula and King Ghidorah!

All of the music is available on the Free Music Archive. The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music.

Photo by Michael Raso
Shot 16 August during Polaroid Week 2012!
Polaroid 320 Automatic Land Camera
Fujifilm FP-3000b

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alan the Painter

Alan Walker is a fine artist and musician. FPP listeners know him as a member of The Smoove Sailors. I was thrilled when Alan broke out his Canon film gear and joined us at the FPP NYC Meet-Up this past spring.

One of Alan's paintings will be featured in the 35th annual Salmagundi Club Non-Members Painting Sculpture Exhibition - August 14th-24th, 2012 at Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 W 20th St, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10011
Reception is Thursday, August 16th, 6:00-8:00pm

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The Smoove Sailors

Above photo by Michael Raso
Shot with "The Button" Polaroid Land Camera on Impossible PX70 Color Shade (test film)
The Impossible Project makes new film for vintage Polaroid cameras

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shooting Polaroid on 4x5

Although it took about eight months to get familiar with my newly acquired Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera, I'm finally out shooting!

While my exposed Kodak Ektar and High Speed Infrared is at the lab for processing, I shot some Polaroid 57 High Speed Instant Film. Although expired in the 1990s, the film still yielded a reasonable if not grindy image.

First  portrait on Polaroid 57 - fellow photographer Mat Marrash

Kenichi Sugihara - Bassist for The Smoove Sailors

An emotional riff from Pink Delicates' Kevin Neblung
As with anything, the more practice you have, the better you get! It's a different (shooting) work flow using a large format camera and not quite as spontaneous as the smaller formats but the Crown Graphic is quickly growing on me. I look forward to receiving my processed film next week!
Special thanks to Mat Marrash for the help in the field and in the lab!
All photos © Michael Raso 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Tim Tam Slam!

Blog and Images by Michael Raso


For those who don't know, Tim Tams are Australia's favorite cookie. The great news is that their now available right here in the US (at Target and other stores)
Tim Tam Slam!

Little did I know about the Tim Tam Slam(!) until I received an e-mail from a fellow Flickr photographer. "The Tim Tam Slam is the practice of drinking a beverage (usually a hot beverage such as coffee or hot chocolate, though milk is a very valid alternative) through a Tim Tam. (also known as a Tim Tam Shotgun, Tim Tam Bomb or Tim Tim Explosion). Opposite corners of the Tim Tam are bitten off, one end is submerged in the drink, and the drink sucked through the biscuit. The crisp inside biscuit is softened and the outer chocolate coating begins to melt."

top image - Tim Tams
shot on the Kodak Pony II using Kodak Gold 400 35mm film 
middle image - The Tim Tam Slam
shot on the Polaroid ONE 600 camera
using Impossible PX 680 Color Shade

Tim Tams...give 'em a slam!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Shooting Film on a Tight Budget!

Film Photography Podcast NYC Meet-Up 2011

Guest Blog by Keith Derickson

It is often the case that we come into the world of film photography for very little money, rarely does the expense stop there. Shooting film opens a whole new realm of must-have purchases.

Whether its darkroom supplies, accessories, or a camera you simply can’t live without, there always seems to be a hole in the film shooter’s pocket.

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