8 Exposures Vol. 5: North Shore Turtles

It’s been a while since I’ve done 8 Exposures. No worries though, I haven’t forgotten about my trusty SX-70. It’s just that, I had left it to sit on my shelf for a month or so, to let it sort out whatever issues it had. About two months ago, I took it out to Kaena Point for a little one-on-one time. But it just wasn’t meant to be.

Everything with the SX-70 seemed to go wrong that day. First, the instant film refused to eject. Then, the blue tab that you pull on to remove the film pack tore off. I had a stuck film pack. Finally, the SX-70 refused to fully close. It was annoying. $24 down the drain for that pack of film. Ugh. That’s the risk that you take with analog film.

The SX-70 was naughty, so I gave it a time out. In the mean time, I stockpiled my refrigerator with more Impossible Film. If you’re in Hawaii and you need some film, then I highly recommend checking out Treehouse. They’ve got everything that you would need for your analog film needs.

I finally decided to take the SX-70 out of time out this past weekend. I loaded her up with the latest recipe of B&W Film Impossible Film and even tested out the specially designed Frog Tongue for the SX-70. Let me tell you, that frog tongue is so convenient. I’d definitely recommend it over the The Impossible PX Shade. That frog tongue is seamless and works extremely well.

I did have better luck this time around. I got 6 out of 8 of the exposures to come out. This first ruined shot did not eject properly, and I had to yank it out. This freaked me out, since it reminded me of that Kaena Point debacle. Maybe I need to get my rollers cleaned? The second shot simply did not develop. Not sure why. Finicky, yes, but oh so fun to shoot with.









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  1. Awesome shots! I also have an SX-70 that I use here on Oahu, difficult but so rewarding. What kind of scanner did you use to get the polaroids onto your site? I have problems scanning my polaroids. Love the 8 exposures, keep it up!

    • Thanks Georgia! Yes, the SX-70 takes some getting used to, but it is so fun to use.

      I used an old Epson Scanner, with the Impossible Project Scan Adapter. Without the adapter, you get these weird rings around the image, so its best to pick up an Impossible Project Scan Adapter if you can…they might have them in stick at Treehouse in downtown. I bought mine online, though.

      Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for the reply! I will go to Treehouse and see what they’ve got. I’m glad there’s a solution out there. Keep up the great pictures.

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