Polaroids from a recent day trip to Bald Head Island, North Carolina.
It’s a short, 20 minute ferry ride to the island. Definitely one of the most fun parts of the trip.
The marina greets you when you arrive.
This is NC’s oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy.
Light leaks will always be my favorite.
Recent still life captures of florals on film.
And I continue to keep fresh flowers on our table each week. Sometimes from our garden, other times from the grocery store. But I love the pop of color and brightness they bring to the room.
Simple moments of my life captured on 35mm film from the last month or so. As always with film, these images feel so personal and intimate to me. I will always love how film captures my feelings and mood, in addition to what I see.
Nothing beats the first image from the roll.
We worked on a puzzle together as a family.
I made a quick trip home to Louisiana.
Morning light and my first cup of coffee.
More progress on the puzzle.
We finally finished the puzzle.
Last year, I started a project which I affectionately called 2018 on Film. My goal was to take one photograph a day to document the simple, quiet moments. Around May, as things go, life got in the way and I didn’t finish out the year. I did pick up my camera periodically, taking a photograph here and there, but I didn’t complete the roll until this month.
These film images span from May 2018 - January 2019. I lost a few images in the middle of roll because I opened the back of my camera prematurely. My favorites from the roll:
As film goes, I was surprised to get back these little treasures of my life, moments I completely forgot about. So glad that I did!
Needless to say, my film camera is loaded once again. No hard and fast rules, but it feels really good to see my life through film.
Every time I post a polaroid from my Polaroid One Step 2 camera on Instagram, I'm always asked what I think about the camera. It seems like a lot of people are on the fence, and I completely understand because film is not cheap!
Here are a few of my thoughts.
If you'd like to get into instant film photography, this camera is a great place to start. It's extremely easy to use, and has a simple, one button operation. Pressing that red button is all you need capture your image. It's a little bulky to pack with you for the day, I usually have to carry a larger bag with me, but it is extremely light, so it's not a huge burden on your shoulders.
You can increase or decrease your exposure using the yellow switch on the front of the camera, or keep it in the middle to let the camera automatically control the exposure.
A key feature is the ability to turn off the flash. I prefer to shoot with natural light, so I always suppress the flash. I feel like I get a more natural image this way. You can simply hold down the flash suppression button while pressing the shutter to turn off the flash.
My absolute favorite feature of this camera is the self timer. This key feature is worth the price to me.You have 8 seconds to jump into your photo - I love the ability to get into my own photos. I used the self timer for the photo above.
One thing I don't like about the Polaroid One Step 2 is the battery. You have to charge this little guy using the provided USB cable. There have been many times when I have grabbed the camera on my way out of the door, only to find that the battery is dead and I can't take any photos. Such a disappointment!
The Polaroid One Step 2 uses special i-type film, which I find to be a little inconsistent. It's roughly about $2 per photograph, which adds up after a while. But I still love having a tangible photo in my hand moments after I press the shutter.
Overall, I love the Polaroid One Step 2 and I am excited that it has revived a love of instant film. My favorite feature is the ability to take selfies with this camera. While I don't love the fact that I have to charge the battery, I will definitely continue to use this little guy for years to come.
I'm over on Viewfinders today, sharing a bit about the photos I call the "untouchables". The ones that I deem imperfect in some way - out of focus, too light, too dark, etc.
I'm taking a closer look at them and realizing that they make me who I am today as a photographer.
And if you are interested, more of my posts on Viewfinders.
The second half of April 2018 images captured on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here. You can also view the first half of my film images in this post.
April brings the awakening of flowers in our yard. Also in April, my husband and daughter built a small garden in our backyard. Trips to the beach are a must as the weather warms up, one out of focus image and other quiet moments around the house documented.
May film images currently underway. I will share them in June.