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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