Friday, August 22, 2008

LDS Philanthropies 2

Last year I was asked to do a photo shoot for LDS Philanthropies. (You can see the post from that shoot by clicking here) Apparently I did ok because they asked me back this year to do another large shoot. They did ask me to duplicate the look that I produced from the last shoot, this was the first problem since I had done everything with Polaroid type 55. Between then and now Polaroid decided to cower away from their roots and stopped making Polaroid film. I had to call all over the country trying to find enough of this film for the shoot. One problem solved. The job was scheduled for three days in three different locations. The first was at the This Is The Place Monument in Salt Lake City. It was a great location with lots of interesting props and characters to photograph. The film did run into a problem sitting in the sodium sulfite clearing bath and hot sun all day. Type 55 is a very fragile film that scratches easily. When I got home portions of the film looked like the emulsion and base were starting to separate. I panicked and hurriedly removed the film and hung it to dry. Since I didn't fully remove the sodium sulfite there was a powder that dried all over the film. After much experimentation and re-cleaning of the film not to mention many hours of scanning and Photoshop later I was able to rescue the shoot. The next two days were far less eventful which I am grateful for. So here is a selection from the three shoots.










6 comments:

Andrea Marie said...

Those are amazing, Travis! I love the look of them.

Frips said...

I like the first one and the sewing machine the best. The edges look awesome.

Michael said...

Lesson learned. Too bad you'll never get to do it again. Next year you'll have to carve your own sheets of Polaroid film out of a solid block of plastic.

Weston Colton Photo said...

Well done Travis. I especially like the surveyor.

Whitney Hardie said...

Hey, I saw your work in the BYU magazine. I believe it was a basket of apples. Either way, I knew it was your and thought it looked great. These are all awesome.

Why, Why, Why must the print lab be closed right now? I'm going crazy!!

Leslie said...

Just gorgeous.

 
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