Saturday, June 25, 2011

Desert Willow

This photo of Desert Willow blooms was taken in my front yard. I was using an SX70 camera with The Impossible Projcet's PX70 PUSH! film. This is some of the last of my stash, and I think it was well used on this subject. The flowers are actually a pale pink, and the background was green and orange, but I like the pastel skewed version of reality that PUSH! film provides.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Moth Orchids

More flowers. One of my other moth orchids started blooming-- on the day I got back from camping. So of course I had to take a comparison shot. The first to bloom is on the left-- the flowers are much bigger and nearly a solid fuchsia (with tiny little specks of darker colors). The second orchid to bloom (on the right) has smaller flowers and they are white with a blush of fuchsia veins and an interior that is fuchsia/violet. While I wait to finish a roll of 35mm film that will give a truer depiction of the colors, I'll share the Polaroid I have.

This photo was taken in my backyard using my SX70 Alpha camera and The Impossible Project's PX680 First Flush film.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sun lit

This past weekend Jon and I went wandering around the banks of  the Virgin River at the outskirts of the Virgin River Gorge Campground in northern Arizona. We went with the express purposes of gathering river-worn wood, photographing the beauty, and wearing out our dog. We accomplished all of our goals.

For the first two photographs I waded out into the river to get the shots I wanted. The current was swift and kept pulling the sand out from under my feet, but the excitement was well worth it. I mean, just look at those tones. My previous experiences with ID-UV film tended to shift to aqua tones, but these turned lovely cool blues and violets.

I love the reflections and light in this one.

Check out the moon. How cool is that?

It was a serene day. We walked around, dipped our feet into the river, listened to the rush and roar of the river, and saw standing waves build into white caps and then collapse on themselves. We watched as the red desert around us shifted into cool tones and experienced the drop in temperature as night came on. It was a good day.
These photos were taken using a Polaroid 350 land camera. Film: expired ID-UV film (05/2007).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


My hubby and I have this habit of taking spur of the moment drives that often lead into hikes, and we did just that a couple of weeks ago. We packed the dog up and drove off in search of the last bit of sun before night set in. We decided to drive on the road that follows along the edge of Quail Lake outside of St George, Utah, and it felt like we were chasing the light. We weren't sure that we'd have enough light to take a decent shot. But just after the lake came into view, the sky turned pink and purple and aqua and I knew that was my moment. I just had to stop for a few photos. The one I have readily available to share was taken with my Polaroid SX70 camera, using PX680 Beta film. The others are still waiting to be developed. I only had a handful of minutes to take my photos before the light slipped away and we were left with a quiet evening, so I did my best to take advantage of the opportunity. I took a few photos, and then I just took it in. 

This photo will forever remind me of following the curve of the road and finding myself in a spot that was perfectly glowing with the last remnants of a lovely day. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

More plants

The following photos were all taken on my Polaroid SX70 Alpha using PX680 First Flush film. I have been having altogether too much fun with gardening lately, and it shows.

This one is of my pomegranate tree in bloom:

The next two are experiments. I used Holga close-up lenses help by hand to get right into my subjects. I was shooting on a really bright and hot day, and I think that added to the warm tones that showed up strongly in the following photographs---


I have been having loads of fun playing with this film and this particular camera. I am also in a flora stage, apparently. I have taken a few landscape photos, but I keep coming back to the details of individual blooms, blossoms, and leaves a lot lately. And I'm alright with that. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Desert Blooms

Experiments and new growth in my garden:

Parrot Tulip, SX70 camera, PX70 PUSH! film.

Parrot Tulip, Olympus OM-1 Camera, Kodak 200 iso film.

Hyacinths, SX 70 camera, PX 70 PUSH! film.

Magnolia blossom, SX 70 camera, PX 680 First Flush film.

Discovered while hiking:

Giant Four o'clocks, SX 70 camera, PX 680 Beta film

Indoor plants:

Freesia, SX 70 Camera, PX 100 film

Phalaenopsis, otherwise known as a Moth Orchid, 
SX70 camera, PX70 PUSH! film.

Phalaenopsis, SX70 camera, PX680 First Flush film.

Euphorbia Tirucalli, otherwise known as Pencil Cactus.
(Actually a succulent.) Olympus OM-1, Kodak 200iso film.

More of my photos can be found HERE

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Three Falls

Three Falls, otherwise known as Toquerville Falls is located in Southern Utah near Toquerville. There is a rough 6 miles of  "road" to traverse before reaching the falls, but that doesn't keep people away. It is a popular destination for locals to sunbathe, picnic, or when the conditions are right, do a little cliff jumping. (In fact, that is just what we did two years ago in July.)

We went out there on Memorial Day to see how it looked this time of year. There was a lot of snow-melt flooding going on, so there weren't too many other visitors. The ones who were there left soon after my hubby and I showed up and we were left with a two hour window in which to shoot photos without the occasional random person stumbling into a shot.

It was such a great afternoon-- we had a make-shift picnic on some rock slabs, we took a short hike, and I sketched and took in the sound of water roaring. This is the closest I get to the ocean out here, and I was soaking it up.

I had a few different cameras at work, but only my Polaroids that are ready to share so far. The first three photos show the falls overflowing:

This last photo shows the view looking down river from the falls: 

The color photo was taken on my SX 70 Alpha camera, using PX 680 First Flush film from The Impossible Project. The black and white photos were taken using a Polaroid Swinger camera and expired (May 2007) Polaroid 667 film.

As always, you can see more of my photos HERE.