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    The antichrist of digital

    What is it about the negatives of polaroid 55 and 51? It is similar to ceramic glazes but with perhaps a bit more control. More like a marriage between oil paint and glaze.

    The dynamic range is very compressed and similar to oil paint ( about 5 - 6 useable stops), and the development and grain is unique to each sheet.

    Is this stuff perhaps the greatest art film of all time? I have seen many of you take photos with this stuff and each image seems to be unique.

    It is so anti-digital capture.

    Viva polaroid 51, viva polaroid 55.

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    actually - funny you mention that.. I've been fascinated by the idea that each digital capture is unique and a work of art...

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    Both of you are right!

    A friend dropped his digital camera and it now gives him the most interesting images -- as a pixel fills up with info, it "bleeds" that info into the surrounding pixels in a Dali-like manner (probably not an accurate description, but close enough). He is developing a portfolio of those images -- he'd better not drop that camera again!

    Type 55 negs are a beautiful material! I've made some almost grainless 16x20's from them with wonderful tones...and nice contact prints., too. In the past I have found it to be pretty reliable -- but I the Type 55 I am using now is 15+ years old or so (refridgerated), so it is all over the place.

    Not familar with Type 51. Is it a special product designed for the scientists at Area 51?

    Vaughn

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    Quote Originally Posted by JW Dewdney View Post
    actually - funny you mention that.. I've been fascinated by the idea that each digital capture is unique and a work of art...
    Each digital capture is as unique as each film capture. Neither is art on it's own....it's just a capture method.

    Do love some of that Pola stuff though.

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    a friend of mine drumscans type 55 negs and make incredible mural prints:

    http://www.fernandomaquieira.com/

    see "anima" secrion

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    say.. anybody know when the new Polaroid Type 55 Photoshop filter's coming out??

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    Quote Originally Posted by JW Dewdney View Post
    say.. anybody know when the new Polaroid Type 55 Photoshop filter's coming out??
    I've got an action built that does a pretty good job emulating it

    Cheers,
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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    I've got an action built that does a pretty good job emulating it

    Cheers,[/QUOTE]

    Jack

    Any chance I could get a copy of your action for my digital work?

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    Quote Originally Posted by adrian tyler View Post
    a friend of mine drumscans type 55 negs and make incredible mural prints:

    http://www.fernandomaquieira.com/

    see "anima" secrion
    I think that first one is my ex-mother-in-law....
    You'd be amazed how small the demand is for pictures of trees... - Fred Astaire to Audrey Hepburn

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    Re: The antichrist of digital

    Quote Originally Posted by tim atherton View Post
    I think that first one is my ex-mother-in-law....
    man just as well you got out of that one... you know what they say about checking the mother out first...

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