In An Instant: Bertie On Patrol

Sunny days are rare around here this time of year. But on clear winter mornings when the sun is low in the sky, light pours into the living room for a couple of hours. Bertie’s lit up here by a slice of sunlight. He likes to sit on the back of the sofa, keeping lookout through the window. It’s not that he’s some fierce guard dog; he is, after all, a spaniel. It’s more that he’s watching for the next person to come and give him the love and attention he knows he deserves.

Bertie at 8 months / Polaroid SX-70 Sonar / Polaroid Originals SX-70 Color Film

Read here my first attempt at using the reformulated Polaroid Originals instant film in my Polaroid SX-70 Sonar

7 comments on “In An Instant: Bertie On Patrol

  1. No, I didn’t adjust anything; the picture was as you see, When I scan these Polaroids, if I make any adjustments at all, it’s to make sure the scan is as close to the real life picture as possible, for better or worse. There was a colour cast to this picture that I had to change to look the same as the original.

    You asking the question has made me think about this in more detail. And I think it would be really odd to edit the scan of a Polaroid. After all. a negative is a potential print that can be interpreted in many ways, but a Polaroid is the print itself. Those decisions have already been made.

      1. Ah I think that was probably me rather than you! No I didn’t change anything. All the camera has is a single wheel that you can move to lighten or darken the photo, but I’ve never used it. I have to say, every shot has come out very well exposed and I can take no credit for it!

        1. Your comment reminded me of a photographer who used to (still does?) post over at the Nikonians website. People were shocked when he said he set the camera to jpg and not raw. He replied, “I paid a lot of money for this camera. Why should I do any of the work to make the image look good?”

          1. Ha! Yes, I think people fret a little too much about these things. Most cameras do an excellent job 95% of the time. I knew a guy who said that ‘proper photographers’ should always use manual exposure mode rather than aperture or shutter priority. He would then spend 60 seconds fiddling with the aperture / shutter to get the exposure needle on the camera’s recommended exposure anyway. Pointless!

            Saying that, shooting meter-less cameras from time to time is certainly a really good exercise, and I’ve learnt a lot from it. Amongst over things, I think it can help you learn when you do need to sometimes intervene.

            And a lot depends on the type of pictures you shoot. Ansel Adams is one thing, but I’ve never looked at Robert Capa’s Normandy pictures and thought “Tch! These are rubbish – there’s not much shadow detail”.

          2. I’ve been the manual exposure guy. Very manly, but matrix metering and rotating a dial for exposure compensation is much easier. I still use spot meter and manual exposure in tricky situations.

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