Polaroid Poppies
Polaroid

And Then Magic Happens

I admit, I’ve been struggling with my Polaroid experiment.  Shooting Polaroid for me is so hit or miss and I tend to get frustrated.  When a photo doesn’t turn out (especially when I do something stupid like forget to adjust the light/dark wheel), I always want a do over but I don’t want to waste film on the exact same shot.  I’ve definitely learned that you will burn through some film just getting the hang of it, getting to know the quirks of your specific camera.  I also experimented with a number of films, something I wouldn’t recommend to a Polaroid newbie.  In retrospect, I would have been better off sticking with just one film and getting confident with that before I tried anything else.

And portraits of people, wow, I cannot take a good Polaroid portrait.  Plants and still life, I’m getting more confident with those.  Maybe it’s because it takes me AGES to set up a shot and this is so much less uncomfortable when you’re photographing a potted geranium.

But then just when I think frustration is getting the best of me, this happens.  Magic.

Something comes out of that camera that’s even better than what I imagined.  And it makes it all worthwhile.

And keeps me coming back for more.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Michelloui | The American Resident July 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I love the shot of poppies. This is a great photo and I can’t believe it’s Polaroid!

    • Reply katherine July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks! I can’t believe it either.

  • Reply Mom July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So difficult 2 believe u did this w/ Polaroid! You are a constant wonder to a mom humbled by her daughter’s brilliance ! Poppies r lovely!

  • Reply HONEY July 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    BEAUTIFUL….and amazing to get that shot…!!!! Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply kat {pipkin hollow} July 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Simply gorgeous! Magic, indeed!

  • Reply Gerri July 19, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Ooh la la…this is wonderful!

    • Reply katherine July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Gerri! As a fellow pola shooter, I’m sure you can appreciate that feeling when one really turns out.

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