A while ago I bought a mint condition Polaroid Sum LMS and a boat load of 600 film for my wife for her birthday. I know, nice, aren’t I?
Anyway, I also got her some of the Impossible Project‘s ‘Silver Shade’ film – a new experimental Polaroid style film – it takes whimsical images in a kind of pale sepia black and white style, which of course, knowing her, would be awesome.
One teensy problem though – the film is temperature sensitive.
Too cold, and the image doesn’t really develop – washing out into pale tones
Too hot (+24C) and the image darkens into a deep orange brown.
And Perth, where I live is, of course, famously hot.
So all photos came out very dark and not at all whimsical. So dark as to be unusable.
So, my recommendation is to avoid the Silver Shade films if you live in an overly hot or cold place.
And, after all that, she decided that as much as she loves the Polaroid, it’s too big for her hands and she can’t get it to take clear shots. So she’s given it to me in exchange for a brand new Fuji Instax Mini 25. A fair trade I think 🙂
I must say, Charlie you are nice and I hope you’re wife loved the gift. Fair trade and I can’t wait to see you take photos with the Polaroid. Hope you and your family are doing well.
Jay loved the polaroid when I got it for her – its exactly what she loves – vintage, quirky and often whimsical, but it just wasn’t right to use for her. She’s love the little Fuji Instax – they’re good little cameras – you should get one and take to the streets of NY for material for your blog 🙂
I’m gutted that I had to part with my Polaroid, but the Instax takes sweet shots too 🙂 I hope you get lots of enjoyment from the Polaroid and that the film quality improves!
glad you like the instax, I was gutted for you too – its always there to use if you want it!!