Light leaks can be cool

September 18, 2012

I try to shoot all the images for this site with instant film. I several cameras which take instant film, but there’s one I really enjoy using. It’s a converted Polaroid 110B – converted to use pack film like Fuji 100C / Fuji 3000B / and various expired Polaroid films. It’s a beast, but I like how the lens renders and it’s just kind of fun to use.

I had some focusing issues with it in the beginning and got those resolved, but then light leaks appeared – not as bad as you see in this image, but things just sort of got worse – or – better, depending on your view of light leaks. I like light leaks when I use some cameras, but I just don’t like them when I shoot instant film. I tried to fix the leaks myself, but there’s a reason I’m not allowed to use a hammer or a screwdriver – I’m dangerous with them – I just make things worse. So – I sent my camera off for repair. I’m hoping my repair person can fix it all up for me – as I said, I really like the look of the images I get from this camera. I’d miss it if it had to be retired for good.

Sorry Mae — I hijacked your site…

Hmmm – what about Mae? Well, I know she’s my daughter when she goes with her mama to Old Navy and pitches a complete fit at the checkout because she changed her mind about something she wanted. Apparently, she made quite the scene, and when they got home Mae told me all about it and characterized the situation as all her mama’s fault. Yeah, she’s like me — and she was probably right 🙂