Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spring Polas

Spring Polas
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Two recent Polaroids (they're Fuji instant film but they're still polaroids to me) that I took at school last week with my Land Camera.

My friend Liz (in the picture on the left) took this shot and I used it for a project for my Intro to Digital class. We had to have 9 different 4x4 images that represent us in some way; some semblance of a self portrait. These very much reflect my interest in instant film.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stranger in the House

Stranger in the House
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Explored an abandoned house and adjoining trailer with Tom a few weeks ago at the Sea.

You know, I think this is the first color roll I've shot on Hasselblad. In the past I've used my Mamiya, but never full 6x6.

On a color film/Hasselblad note, my friend Roger from school shot some incredible frames on slidefilm with Hasselblad. Holy crap. Look through all of them.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Last weekend I checked out a Hasselblad 501cm and a Polaroid back from school. I love it, it's an incredible combination. You get the amazing focus of the Hasselblad lens, and the immediacy of Polaroid. Well, Fuji in this case.

Dead Tilapia on Bombay Beach, much fresher than I usually see there.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tom on Polaroid

Tom Bland
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
My photographer friend Tom Bland was visiting the US for the first time, so we did an abbreviated version of the southern California tour. Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory, the Salton Sea (he's a photographer, I had to take him there!), and the Getty. There's so much more to see, but I think we did pretty well for a long weekend.

This was shot with my Polaroid Land Camera, using the Fuji black and white packfilm.

Sidenote: if I edit a picture that I've already linked here, my blog says that it's "not available", even though when you click through, the image is there on flickr. I'm really irritated by this. Does anyone have a solution? I had to repost.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ghost Koi

Ghost koi
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
A polaroid I took last year at the Japanese Garden at Long Beach State, that I just got around to scanning. The water was dark so I set the dial to "lighten" (precise, yeah??) and so the shutter stayed open a bit longer than normal, creating this slightly blurred effect.

I was looking at this today and made the mistake of wikipedia-ing Koi. I learned all about domesticated carp and how they were bred for color and how they're related to goldfish but aren't goldfish.
Now I'm full of even more useless information.