In my most recent adventure, I went down to the beach on a dark and stormy day to shoot my last pack of Impossible Project Black and White film. There were two possible outcomes (well, probably more than two, but it works better for this story), A) I like the photos and decide to keep purchasing this film or B) The photos turn out rubbish and I swear off Impossible film all together. Pretty dramatic, I know.
In the last few weeks, I’ve shot several packs of BW Impossible film and their color film as well. The problem was that my photos kept turning out like garbage. They were way over or under exposed, or blurry, or I wasn’t able to shield them from the sunlight quick enough and they got fried, or the camera rollers were doing a poor job of spreading the processing chemistry, etc… Basically, I was getting tired of spending $27 bucks for a pack of film that yielded a couple decent shots. This was the film’s do or die time.
After a little experimentation with the exposure compensation slider on the camera, I finally found a sweet spot… well at least for the particular lighting condition I was in. After the first photo came out okay, I crossed my fingers, hoped for the best, and shot the rest of the pack.
Drumroll please….. I’m happy to announce that the photos turned out way better than any of my previous shots and I won’t feel so bad about spending another $27 on a pack of film. I think I could use a new camera to continue improving the quality of my shots, but some of the imperfections add character to the photos.
Check out my video on Instax’s new Monochrome film here.
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