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Cashmere soft

I don’t need to explain to you about how much I love my Polaroid SX-70 camera do I? You know by now I’m totally camera crazy; likely to be found in my dotage with a tin-foil hat, wheeling round all my cameras in an old shopping trolley! I go from one extreme to the other; top-of-the-range dSLR and lenses share a (large) camera bag with 1960s Polaroids, and various other film cameras (one of which was found in a skip and is held together with gaffer tape).

Polaroid SX-70 + 600 film + ND filter on film pack

I love them all but the Polaroid SX-70 is my not-so-secret true love – it has a unique softness giving everything a dreamy, soft and *gorgeous* quality that can’t be replicated!

Polaroid SX-70 + 600 film + ND filter on film pack

Well, my SX-70 has a younger and flashier (literally – it has a flash) cousin – the Spectra. Given the right conditions (e.g lots of light so the flash doesn’t make everything look too ‘caught in the headlights’ and artificial) it can produce some great photos. Really lovely.

Polaroid Spectra + 1200 film

However, I am now a very, very happy bunny as I have just discovered if you feed it Softone film instead of regular film you get, as the name suggests, beautifully soft and atmospheric photos, not unlike an SX-70!

Polaroid Spectra + Softone (edgecut) film

What does this mean? Well it means my stash of cashmere-soft, joyfully-coloured, wonder-film has now increased so I can fill my blog with even more Polaroids. That makes me happy, hopefully it makes you happy too :)

Polaroid Spectra + Softone (edgecut) film

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    Ashley Sisk @ Ramblings and Photos
    6 October 2010 at 20:10

    Wow these are beautiful! Unbelievably beautiful.

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    6 October 2010 at 23:40

    Gorgeous examples of the capabilities of this film. Beautiful.

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    Victoria Bennett Beyer
    7 October 2010 at 18:10

    Happy, indeed! It is interesting to see the differences in the cameras and film. I LOVE love love the top image. I can see why it is your ‘true’ love.

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    10 October 2010 at 19:55

    These pictures are stunning!! The softness and the gorgeous colours puts a smile on my face :)

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    life with kaishon
    17 October 2010 at 05:00

    Unbelievable. Love it!

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