Double exposure. Goodbye Fuji B&W.

The last few months I've been rediscovering my Polaroid Land Camera so it was sad news in November for Polaroid enthusiasts when Fuji Film announced the unfortunate news it would stop making the black and white FP-3000b film that still works in these cameras. There was a Change.org petition put into motion but alas it did not work. 

At the top of my Christmas List was the B&W Fuji Film. I'm happy to say I've now got a shelf of film in my fridge. As the Change.org petition points out the color film could be at the same discontinuation risk in the future. To do my part in keeping these fun toys around I'll be shooting more Polaroids and buying more color film. These are the last few months that the B&W film will be somewhat available in photo stores. I will be stock piling.

In hopes of the impossible you can let your voice be heard by asking The Impossible Project to pick up were Fuji has failed Polaroid enthusiasts. 

And now for some pictures. I shot these double exposures on a recent Dillon Beach getaway with friends. It's a fun pre-photoshop trick to play with.

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Shastablasta upside down. Part 2: some photos

Last week I shared my crafting in Australia. Here if you missed it. I generally only share my creative explorations on my blog but it's not often I travel to the other side of the world. There really are not enough words to explain this experience. My internal poles really did feel flipped upside down. Because I'm from California there was something familiar about many of the places I visited. Same, same but different. It's bazzaro California. Or California is bazzaro Australia depending on your perspective. 

I have 800+ images so I've narrowed them down to a few galleries for your viewing pleasure. Thirty two images to be precise. Enjoy the clicking.

The Sydney Opera House: Sydney is synonymous with Opera House. We played in it's architectural awe, watched the sunset, and then saw a show. Grizzly Bear performed their 115th and last show in support of their album Shields. It was a nice long set because there was no opener. Amazing sound in that glorious main room. An intimate evening I now get to remember every time I hear their music.

I'm on a boat: The first personally epic event on my visit was new years. I was lucky enough to be on a boat in the Sydney Harbor to bring in the new year. They know how to put on a show. A multi-million dollar show. I have never seen so many fireworks exploding at one time even in a finale. It was all finale and at times hard to know where to look. There were three fireworks shows! Three! It's something I'll never forget.

Bushwalking: We had some finicky weather for our quick camping trip to The Blue Mountains and a hike to Wentworth Falls. The fog eventually lifted but the cooler weather was helpful in not overheating while walking on steep steps.

Animals of Australia: Baby Wombat, up close with a Koala Bear, Kangaroos laying around like humans, Dingos looking like dogs, and Birds. Bird sounds will surround my memories as they're one of the animals I saw or heard most while out and about in our daily excursions or just hanging in the backyard.

Beach: The ocean was omni present in almost everyday. Some days included two trips to the beach.

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Above is the sunrise on Bondi Beach the day I left Australia. I arrived home to San Francisco on the same calendar day. Below is the sun setting on that same Pacific, far from Australia in miles and time, at Ocean Beach.

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There are many more miscellaneous images on my Instagram, posted during my trip. Search the hashtag #shastablastaupsidedown. I tried not to duplicate much in this post.

if you ever find yourself upside down here are some of the places I enjoyed.

Sydney
Bondi Massive — Great breakfast.
Bondi Icebergs Swim Club — Go swimming in the lap sea pool + a cafe
Neighbourhood (in Bondi) — One of my favorite meals
Mad Pizza (multiple locations) — Thinest crust I've ever had
Flamingo Merchant — Colorful handmade clothes, bags, and things for your home.
Shopping on King St. (in Newtown)
The Strand Arcade — Full of Australian makers and brands
Sydney Festival — This started at the tail end of my trip. This would be great to plan a trip around as there's lots of free activities. I got to jump on a Stone Henge shaped bounce house as part of the festival. It co-insides with Australia Day which I was gone for but would also be worth timing a trip with.
And of course Bondi Beach!

Melbourne
Melbourne Now, exhibit — Plan for this. It's free and at two venues. I didn't have enough time to fully explore. Ends March 23, 2014.
Naked in the Sky — The roof top of Naked for Satan has a great view of the city, good food, and cocktails
Metropolis — Great bookstore and on the roof in the same building there's a bar and Rooftop Cinema
Shopping on Brunswick St.

Traveling compadres.  

Traveling compadres. 

#nofilter

[Photo of the photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon.   Photo in the photo by me.]

[Photo of the photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon. Photo in the photo by me.]

A couple friends and I had planned to nerd out at a Polaroid Land Camera BBQ a few weeks ago. When the event was canceled we decided to go on our own photo walk. Fall is San Francisco's summer. We've been having some beautiful days and we lucked out with a bright clear one for our adventure. The day before it had rained cats and dogs.

Our toys positioned in order of age. Mine are on either end. 

Our toys positioned in order of age. Mine are on either end. 

I've owned my Polaroid Cool Cam since the late 80's but I've only had my Land Camera (circa 1965-67) for a couple years. I really haven't used it much so I was happy to learn that I had friends who owned them too and we could experiment together.

My cohorts for the day,  Gritchelle  and  Shawn.       

My cohorts for the day, Gritchelle and Shawn.  

The polaroids.

 

My first double exposure. 

My first double exposure. 

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Sort of a panoramic while figuring out exposure.

Sort of a panoramic while figuring out exposure.

Learning about what's actually in the frame. 

Learning about what's actually in the frame. 

Grabbing the last light of the day. This was a double exposure that didn't exactly work. 

Grabbing the last light of the day. This was a double exposure that didn't exactly work. 

The film for the Land Camera is made by Fuji so it's been continuously available even with the disappearance of Polaroid film. All of our camera's have been refurbished to use modern batteries. I'm reluctant to say I paid about $125 for my camera. If you keep your eyes open you can find them for free or cheap. 

 

My cool cam wasn't cooperating. This is the only pic that kinda worked. I think the Impossible Project film I was using was just too old. 

My cool cam wasn't cooperating. This is the only pic that kinda worked. I think the Impossible Project film I was using was just too old. 

The day was too gorgeous to not share some more full color images from my Canon EOS M. 

A classic.

A classic.

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Bridge lights.

Bridge lights.

The day ended with five million silly photo's like this one.  [photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon]

The day ended with five million silly photo's like this one.  [photo by Gritchelle Fallesgon]